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Important Contacts:

Special Arrangements for Persons with disabilities (e.g., those who are deaf or hard of hearing, or in wheelchairs): Contact Student Academic Support Services no later than May 1 by email or phone (410) 857-2504

Financial Balance: Pat Tyler,, (410) 857-2210

Academic Attire and Announcements:Bookstore, (410) 857-2277

Photography/Videography/News Releases: Office of Communications and Marketing,, (410) 857-2290

Diploma Information/Participation: Registrar’s Office,, (410) 386-4687

Tickets:  Office of Communications and Marketing,, (410) 857-2290

When will I receive my diploma?

  • 2020 Undergraduate students (August 2019, December 2019 and May 2020) and 2021 Graduate Students who completed in August 2020 and December 2020 should have already received diplomas by mail and will receive a tube with a congratulatory letter at commencement. If you have not received your diploma by mail, you should contact the registrar’s office.
  • All undergraduate and graduate students completing in May 2021 will receive their diploma at the commencement ceremony. Those who do not attend the commencement ceremony will be mailed their diploma following the commencement ceremony and should receive it no later than mid-June.

Can I request a replacement diploma?

Replacement diplomas can be ordered through Parchment by either clicking on the Parchment icon in MyMcDaniel Portal or by visiting their website.

Does my degree and major/minor/specialization appear on my diploma?

Your name and degree appear on the diploma. Undergraduate diplomas will display the Bachelor of Arts Degree only. Majors/minors/specializations appear on your transcript. Graduate student diplomas will display the Master of Science Degree on the diploma. Specializations appear on your transcript.

Do students receive Latin Honors?

Latin Honors are recognized for undergraduate students only and will be recognized at the graduation ceremony. Latin Honors are also recorded on the student's transcript for undergraduate students.

Because all master's degree students must have a grade point average of 3.0, no honors are given. Only Undergraduate students receive Latin Honors.

How do I know if I am receiving departmental honors or a honor society recognition?

Please contact your department chair for information on honors or recognition (undergraduate students only).

When should I start receiving information about graduation?

You should have started receiving this information if you applied for graduation. If you have not applied for graduation, you should do so immediately. If you have applied for graduation but have not received any information, you should follow up with the registrar’s office to be sure you have been cleared to walk in the ceremony. Be sure to check your McDaniel email and commencement websites frequently for the most up-to-date information.

Is there a practice for graduation?

We do not have a practice. However, we can assure you that you will be provided with clear instructions at our check in and line up area and will be led to the appropriate places by our faculty Marshalls throughout the ceremony.

Do master’s candidates wear their hood to commencement?

Usually, master’s candidates are hooded on stage at the commencement. However, this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are asking all graduate students to wear their regalia and hood to the ceremony. We are planning a special recognition of the hooding during the ceremony. For instruction on how to wear the master’s regalia and hood you can watch a video here.

Is there a ceremony for students who graduate in August and/or December?

Both undergraduate and graduate students who received their degree in August 2019, December 2019 and May 2020 will participate in this year’s morning ceremony at 10 a.m. Undergraduate and Graduate students who received their degree in August 2020, December 2020 will participate in this year’s ceremony with our May 2021 graduates at 2 p.m.. Please contact the Registrar's Office to make sure that you are on our list for participating in commencement.

When and how will I receive tickets?

We will not be issuing printed tickets this year; Instead we will use an electronic ticketing system. All students will receive an email the week of April 19 with instructions for how to login to the ticketing website and reserve their tickets. Tickets will then be delivered via email.

How many tickets will I receive for guests? Can I receive additional tickets?

Due to our social distancing restrictions, we regret that students will be limited to 2 guests. This includes tickets for children. We will not know until mid-May if additional tickets will be available. If additional tickets will be available, we anticipate it to be limited to one or two additional tickets only and you will receive this update as information becomes available.

I have family in other countries wishing to gain visas or other documentation for travel to the U.S., I need a letter from the College stating that they are attending Commencement. Where do I get that letter?

Contact the Registrar's Office for the appropriate letter.