Campus-Wide Ceremony

Monday, May 22, 2023 / 7 pm / SECU Stadium

The University of Maryland will hold its Spring 2023 Commencement on Monday, May 22, 2023, at 7 p.m. for Winter 2022 and Spring 2023 graduates.

Additional information regarding the campus-wide ceremony, tickets, regalia, and safety measures will be added to as it becomes available.

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Ceremony

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 / 3:30 PM / Xfinity Center

In addition to the campus-wide in-person ceremony, BSOS will hold in-person ceremonies. BSOS college ceremonies for August 2022, Winter 2022, Spring 2023 graduates will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2023. Tickets are not required for guest admittance. 

Important: Students in the Department of Government and Politics and Environment Science: Politics and Policy will be recognized during BSOS ceremony #1 at 3:30 pm. 

For information regarding the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Ceremonies, visit

Graduation Checklist:

Apply to be the Spring 2023 Student Commencement Speaker!

Each year, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences selects one student to deliver a 4-5 minute speech at each commencement ceremony. The theme of the speech is entirely up to you but must speak to all graduates from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

A winning speech will:

  • Emphasize experiences unique to the University of Maryland and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Have a clear theme
  • Be well-written
  • Be delivered in 4-5 minutes

The selected student speaker(s) will get to deliver their message to students, faculty, and guests at their assigned BSOS Commencement Ceremony, as well as play a prominent role in the ceremony’s procession. During the ceremony, the student speaker(s) will sit on stage with Dean Susan Rivera and other college leadership and will receive reserved special seating for family and guests.


  • Completed at least 60 credits at the University of Maryland, College Park
  • A GPA of at least 3.50 
  • Graduated in Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or will be graduating in Spring 2023 

You will be required to answer the questions below and submit a resume/CV with two references:

  1. What is your BSOS/UMD journey?
  2. Do you have a memorable BSOS/UMD experience, personal reflections, or goals/hopes for the future that you would like to share with your graduating class?
  3. Why do you believe you should be selected to represent your graduating class?

The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 24th. 
BSOS Student Speaker Application 



Regalia is required. The University Book Center is the official supplier of commencement regalia for the university. Along with full regalia packages, the UBC will stock individual pieces, including the tassel, stole, and hood. Students may purchase regalia in person at the UBC or online. Students are encouraged to purchase regalia early, as gown sizing and hood colors may be limited as the ceremony date approaches. Please allow 7-10 days for online regalia orders to arrive.

The University Book Center will host a Graduation Fair on March 8 and 9, 2023, from 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM. The event will include regalia fittings and purchasing. Candidates will have an opportunity to order announcements & class rings. A photographer will be available. Special pricing on diploma frames and other gifts will be offered. 

Additional information regarding regalia and pricing can be found here:



Each graduate participating in the campus-wide commencement ceremony will receive color proofs by mail approximately two weeks after commencement. There is no obligation to purchase prints. For more information, contact GradImages at 800.628.4509 or visit

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Do I have to apply for graduation?

A: Students who will finish degree requirements this Spring 2023, and intend to graduate must apply for graduation. The graduation application is due Friday, February 7, 2023, electronically via Testudo

Q: What if I will finish my requirements in August 2023? Can I participate in the May 2023 BSOS Commencement Ceremony? 

A: Please reach out to Gracie Riley (griley1 [at] to discuss your situation and review these guidelines.

Q: Do I have to attend either of the commencement ceremonies?

A:  Participation in the campus-wide and departmental ceremonies is encouraged, but not mandatory. If a student chooses not to participate in the commencement ceremonies, the student will still receive their diploma.

Q: I am a double major. Which ceremony do I attend?

A: Students can choose to attend both departmental ceremonies, only one ceremony, or neither.  Attendance is at the discretion of the student.

Q: Will I receive my diploma at graduation?

A: No, you will not receive your diploma at graduation. Your diploma will be sent to the diploma mailing address specified at the time the application for graduation was submitted. If a diploma mailing address was not specified, the diploma will be mailed to your permanent address.


If you have additional questions, please email Gracie Riley, griley1 [at]