Commencement 2019

Overview

A picture of graduates during McDaniel's Convocation Ceremony in 2018.

Watch Commencement live!
The live stream will be available 30 minutes prior to the ceremony. 
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at 3 p.m.

McDaniel College will hold its 149th Commencement for Graduate Students at 9:00 a.m. and for Undergraduate Students at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019. More than 600 master’s and bachelor’s degrees will be awarded during the ceremonies held in Gill Center.

Student awards include the Argonaut Award, which is presented yearly to the graduating senior with the highest cumulative grade point average, and the Edith Farr Ridington Writing Award for the best paper by a graduating senior.

On Friday, May 24, at 10:00am graduating McDaniel seniors who are members of the College’s Army ROTC program will be commissioned as second lieutenants into the U.S. Army. McDaniel has had an Army ROTC program since 1919.

For more information on Commencement weekend activities call 410-857-2247.

Click here to read more about Commencement. 

FAQs

A picture of graduates before McDaniel's 147th Commencement Ceremony in 2017.

Graduation Products
Herff Jones provides class rings, commencement regalia, announcements, college diploma frames, and other graduation products. Please visit this website to order McDaniel College graduation products.

Graduate Commencement: Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.
Commencement is a ceremony to honor academic achievement. Students are required to wear proper academic regalia to be allowed to process in Commencement. Proper academic regalia for graduate students includes caps and gowns. A masters robe differs from a baccalaureate robe. Please be sure you have the proper regalia. Masters recipients should not wear their undergraduate robe.

Undergraduate Commencement: Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
Commencement is a ceremony to honor academic achievement. Students are required to wear proper academic regalia to be allowed to process in Commencement.

Photographs
Photos of graduates receiving their diplomas and standing off stage with their diplomas are taken by Classic Photography & Imaging. Proofs of photos available for purchase will be posted on the Classic website, www.classic-photo.com, by Thursday, May 30, and mailed to graduates during the week of June 3. For privacy reasons, the proofs are not identified by name on Classic’s website. They are posted in the same order as graduates received their diplomas: master’s first, in alphabetical order, then bachelor’s degrees in alphabetical order. For questions, contact Classic at 800-869-9515. Placement of order and costs are the responsibility of the graduate.

Considerations for Graduate Ceremony Guests
Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, to the Gill Center. Tickets are required for all guests. The ceremony lasts about 2 hours. As a courtesy to the graduates and their families, you are expected to stay seated for the entire ceremony. Please be seated by 8:50 a.m. as the doors will be closed for approximately 20 minutes to allow the processional to enter.

Considerations for Undergraduate Ceremony Guests
Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, to the Gill Center. Tickets are required for all guests. The ceremony lasts about 2 hours. As a courtesy to the graduates and their families, you are expected to stay seated for the entire ceremony. Please be seated by 2:50 p.m. as the doors will be closed for approximately 20 minutes to allow the processional to enter.

Considerations for all Guests
If seating is required for family or friends with special needs, please contact Student Academic Support Services by email sass@mcdaniel.edu or phone 410-857-2504 in advance to arrange reserved seating. A Special Reserved Section will be made available to guests with disabilities.

To allow all to hear and enjoy the Commencement ceremony, we encourage you to applaud (and cheer) for individual graduates, but request that you refrain from celebrating until after the final recession. Drinking and raucous behavior during the ceremony will not be permitted. Please note: We are unable to provide childcare for this event.

Nearby Accommodations
There are plenty of accommodations and local restaurants for you to enjoy during your stay.

Undergraduate Checklist

A masthead banner that reads: McDaniel College Bachelor's Degree Candidates

Junior Year and First Semester of Senior Year

  1. Meet with your advisor and review your program evaluation requirements.
  2. Make sure your majors, minors and specializations are correct.
  3. Plan your Senior semester registrations, according to degree requirements.
  4. If you need to change your anticipated completion date, contact the Registrar's Office.
  5. Check your McDaniel email for graduation information.

Last Semester of Senior Year

  1. Same instructions as above.
  2. Commencement information will start to arrive from several campus offices, starting in early February.
  3. Check to be sure you do not have any Personal Restrictions on your record. Go to the Self-Service menu, Log In and select Authorizations and Restrictions from the Student Menu. Look at Personal Restrictions.
  4. Fill out an application for graduation via the Self-Service menu.

Undergraduate Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When will I receive my diploma?

  • August diplomas will be mailed in mid-September.
  • December diplomas will be mailed in mid-January. 
  • May diplomas are handed out at commencement or mailed the last week of May.

Does my major/minor/specialization appear on my diploma?
Your name and degree appear on the diploma. Majors/minors/specializations appear on your transcript.

Do Undergraduate students receive Latin Honors?
Latin Honors are recognized at graduation and recorded on the student's transcript.

How do I know if I am receiving departmental honors or a honor society recognition?
Contact the Department Chair to find out about this information and for information on possibly receiving honor cords.

When should I start receiving information about graduation?
You should start receiving information about graduation several months before your anticipated completion date. Commencement information will start in February before the appropriate May commencement date. Be sure to check your McDaniel email and commencement websites for this information.

Is there a practice for graduation?
We do not have a practice of the ceremony.

Do I wear my cap and gown to the Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation?
Undergraduate students should wear their cap, gown but no hood.

Is there a ceremony for students who graduate in August and/or December?
August/December graduates can participate in the following May commencement ceremony. Please contact the Registrar's Office to make sure that you are on our list for participating in commencement.

Will I receive my diploma on graduation day?
May candidates will receive their diplomas on commencement day. August and December graduates who are participating in the commencement ceremony will have already received their diplomas via the mail. On commencement day, you will receive a diploma tube with a special congratulatory letter.

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.

When and how will I receive tickets?
Graduating students will receive an email late April/early May with instructions for how to obtain tickets.

How many tickets will I receive for guests? Can I receive additional tickets?
Students may request up to eight tickets. We will not know until mid-May if additional tickets will be 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.

Undergraduate Commencement questions not answered? Please contact Academic Affairs at 410-857-2247.

Graduate Checklist

A masthead banner that reads: McDaniel College Master's Degree Candidates

  1. Check with your advisor to make sure you are eligible for graduation.
  2. Check to be sure you do not have any Personal Restrictions on your record. Go to The Self-Service menu, Log In and select Authorizations and Restrictions from the Student Menu. Look at Personal Restrictions.
  3. Fill out an application for graduation. Log into your Self-Service account, go to Student -Registrar’s Office, fill out the Application to Graduate
  4. Be sure to check your McDaniel email for commencement information.

When will I receive my diploma?

  • August diplomas will be mailed in mid-September.
  • December diplomas will be mailed in mid-January.
  • May diplomas are handed out at commencement or mailed the last week of May.

What appears on my diploma?
Your name and degree appear on the diploma. Degree is Master of Science or Master of Liberal Arts. Course of study/specialization appears on your transcript.

Do Master's degree students receive Latin Honors?
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.

When should I start receiving information about graduation?
You should start receiving information about graduation several months before your anticipated completion date. Commencement information will start in February before the appropriate May commencement date. Be sure to check your McDaniel email and commencement websites for this information.

When will I receive my hood?
Graduate students will receive their hood on stage during the Commencement ceremony.

Is there a practice for graduation?
We do not have a practice for the ceremony.

Do Master's degree candidates attend the Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation?
No, this is an Undergraduate event.

Is there a ceremony for students who graduate in August and/or December?
August/December graduates can participate in the following May commencement ceremony. Please contact the Registrar’s Office to make sure that you are on our list for participating in commencement.

Will I receive my diploma on graduation day?
May candidates will receive their diplomas on commencement day. August and December graduates that are participating in the commencement ceremony will have already received their diplomas via the mail. On commencement day, you will receive a diploma tube with a special congratulatory letter.

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.

When and how will I receive tickets for Commencement?
Graduating students will receive an email early May with instructions for how to obtain tickets.

How many tickets will I receive for guests? Can I receive additional tickets?
Students may request up to eight tickets. We will not know until mid-May if additional tickets will be 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.

Graduate Commencement Questions not answered? Please contact Academic Affairs at 410-857-2247.

Contacts

A picture from McDaniel's 147th Commencement Ceremony in 2017.

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 sass@mcdaniel.edu or phone (410) 857-2504

Financial Balance: Pat Tyler, ptyler@mcdaniel.edu, (410) 857-2210

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

Photography/Videography/News Releases: Office of Communications and Marketing, ocm@mcdaniel.edu, (410) 857-2290

Diploma Information/Participation: Registrar’s Office, regoffice@mcdaniel.edu, (410) 386-4687

Tickets: Graduating students will receive an email in early May with instructions for how to obtain tickets. Students may request up to eight (8) tickets. We will not know until mid-May if additional tickets will be available.

Ceremony Instructions

Picture from McDaniel College's 147th Commencement Ceremony in 2017.

Commencement, an important day for you, your family and friends, is rapidly approaching. Below you will find ceremony instructions.

Graduates and their families and friends are encouraged to leave ample time to arrive at Gill Center. Master’s degree candidates should arrive at Baker Memorial Chapel no later than 8 a.m. Bachelor’s degree candidates should arrive at Baker Memorial Chapel no later than 2 p.m. By tradition, the commencement ceremony is a formal, dignified event to honor the academic achievement of you and your classmates. To help preserve the decorum of the event, we kindly request that you exercise etiquette appropriate to the occasion. As a courtesy to your fellow graduates, you are requested to stay until the conclusion of the ceremony.

Admission tickets are required for the commencement ceremony. The platform will be set up to provide excellent viewing from all locations. If seating is required for family or friends with special needs due to a disability (e.g., those who are deaf or hard of hearing, or in wheelchairs), please contact Student Academic Support Services no later than May 1st by email (sass@mcdaniel.edu) or phone (410-857-2504) to make arrangements. A special reserved section will be made available to guests with disabilities (and one additional guest). These guests will need special tickets, in addition to the general admission tickets, to be seated in the reserved section. Please note: We are unable to provide childcare for this event.

 

Graduate Students

In order for your name to be correctly pronounced at the commencement ceremony, it is imperative that every student who is graduating call and record their name on the answering machine.

The Graduate Dean will announce your name; please call 410-857-2527 (ext 2527 from campus) no later than May 18th and pronounce your name slowly three times.

Robing/Line Up

Report to Baker Memorial Chapel by 8 a.m. (rain site: Old Gill Gym) Please be on time.
Pick up your name card at a table outside the Chapel lobby.

Master's degree candidates will be hooded on the stage during the ceremony.

Find your correct place in line according to your line-up number and be seated in the pews.
Listen to the instructions given by the Marshals; when told to stand and move, follow the person in front of you.

Processional

Leaves Baker Memorial Chapel at 8:45 a.m., moves through the Central College Plaza (Red Square) and then on to the Gill Center

Recessional

Reverse order of processional. Stay in line until you are in the reception area (Merritt Hall Plaza)

Undergraduate Students

In order for your name to be correctly pronounced at the commencement ceremony, it is imperative that every student who is graduating call and record their name on the answering machine.

The Provost will announce your name; please call 410-871-3387 (ext 3387 from campus) no later than May 18th and pronounce your name slowly three times.

Robing/Line Up

Report to Baker Memorial Chapel by 2 p.m. (rain site: Old Gill Gym) Please be on time.
Pick up your name card at a table outside the Chapel lobby.

Undergraduate student honor medallions will be distributed here.
*If you borrow regalia, be sure to wear your hood for the ceremony.

Find your correct place in line according to your line-up number and be seated in the pews.
Listen to the instructions given by the Marshals; when told to stand and move, follow the person in front of you.

Processional

Leaves Baker Memorial Chapel at 2:45 p.m., moves through the Central College Plaza (Red Square) and then on to the Gill Center

Recessional

Reverse order of processional. Stay in line until you are in the reception area (Merritt Hall Plaza)

Instructions for All Students

Line Up
On your line-up card, you will find instructions regarding where to sit in the pews in Baker Memorial Chapel. It is very important to be in the proper place so that you will be on stage when your name is read. Please do not try to second guess the line-up; just be where you are assigned and you will be correct.

*SPECIAL NOTE: On certain cards, there is the notation, “Start a New Row”. It is important that you start a new row. Do this even if there are empty seats in the preceding row. An asterisk “*” on a card indicates the second person in a row. Please make sure the person in front of you has a card marked “Start a New Row” and that this person remembers to start a new row. Also, the last person in a row has the marking “Last Person in Row." The Marshals will need to know that you are the first person or the last person, so tell them as you enter the row.

Processional
It is very important that the processional leaves the Chapel at the times noted above. Five minutes prior, a final check will be made, and missing people will be marked absent. At this time, the Marshals will take control of the processional.

  1. Stay in the correct line.
  2. Check the person in front and in back of you to ensure that the three of you are correct.
  3. Remember to “start a new row” if you are the designated person and tell the Marshal.
  4. There is an aisle in the middle of each row – it is important that you cross the center aisle as you walk down your row. Do not stop half way across the row.

Commencement processional diagram.
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Degree Awarding
At the proper time in the ceremony, The President will indicate that we will now award the degrees approved by the faculty. Candidates will be asked to stand. At this point, follow the instructions from the Marshal who will come down and give row-by-row instructions. As you pass the Marshal when you leave your row of seats, say your name so that it can be checked against the master list.

  • Graduate Students:

You are to come to the platform on instruction. Please go to the top step on the right side of the platform and wait to be hooded. When you feel the tap on your right arm and your name is called, proceed to the center of the platform to receive your diploma. Take the diploma in your left hand so you can shake hands with the President and Trustee with your right hand. Continue off the platform on the left side, continue down the left aisle (as you face front) back to your row as directed by the Marshal, and then move to your seat and sit down.

  • Undergraduate Students:

You are to come to the platform on instruction. Please go to the top step on the right side of the platform and wait until your name is read. When your name is read, proceed to the center of the platform to receive your diploma. Take the diploma in your left hand so you can shake hands with the President and Trustee with your right hand. Continue off the platform on the left side, continue down the left aisle (as you face front) back to your row as directed by the Marshal, and then move to your seat and sit down.

Recessional
The recessional will be in reverse order of the processional. After the platform party, trustees, and faculty have left the stage, follow the directions of the Marshals. Graduates will be directed to move to the center aisle, pair up with the person coming from the other side of the row, and then process to the rear of Gill through the lobby area. Take direction from the Marshal.

STAY IN LINE AND MOVING UNTIL YOU ARE PAST ALBERT NORMAN WARD HALL. PLEASE DO NOT STOP OR STEP OUT OF LINE TO GREET RELATIVES. You should designate a meeting place near the Hoover Library where you can meet family and friends once you have recessed to Merritt Hall Plaza. You may also wish to ring the Old Main Bell at this time and take pictures.

Things to Remember

  1. Stay in line and follow the Marshal.
  2. Tassel is on the left of the cap, and the cap is parallel to the floor (not on the back of your head).
  3. Men should remove caps for the following: National Anthem, Alma Mater.
  4. Graduate students will move to the top step of the platform and wait to be hooded before moving forward to receive your diploma.
  5. Please wait for your name to be read before crossing the stage.

Presenting the McDaniel College Class of 2019

We’re proud to call them alumni and prouder still to share a few of their stories here, in their own words.

Wayne Von Young Jr., from Baltimore, Maryland, is a Social Work major with a minor in Women’s Studies. Learn more about Wayne.

Morgan Collinson, from Harwood, Maryland, is an Accounting Economics & Business Administration double major with a minor in Economics. Learn more about Morgan.

Olivia Maenner, from Towson, Maryland, is a double major in Kinesiology and Spanish with a Psychology minor. Learn more about Olivia.

Rodney Fisher Jr. is a Sociology major with a Criminal Justice specialization from Earleville, Maryland. Learn more about Rodney.

Jonathan Nepini, from California, Maryland, is an Art major with a specialization in Graphic Design and a minor in Art History. Learn more about Jonathan.

Lindsey Farrell is a Communication major with a Marketing minor from Towson, Maryland. Learn more about Lindsey.

Megan Quattrone, from Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is a Kinesiology-Chemistry dual major with a minor in Biology. Learn more about Megan.

Jackie White, from Hanover, Maryland, is an English major with a minor in Cinema. Learn more about Jackie

Erik Yanisko is an Environmental Studies major from Boyertown, Pennsylvania. Learn more about Erik.

Jasmin Chavez is a Spanish and Political Science double major from Falls Church, Virginia. Learn more about Jasmin.

Ben Michaels, from Lakeville, Minnesota, is a Theatre Arts major. Learn more about Ben.

Brittany Sears is a Psychology major from Westminster, Maryland. Learn more about Brittany.

Born in Cameroon, Ashly Nsangou is a Biology/Pre-Med major with a minor in Chemistry. Learn more about Ashly.

Brandon Lee Burreece Rozanski is a Biology/Pre-Med major from Severn, Maryland. Learn more about Brandon.

Angel Tuong, from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, is a Mathematics major with minors in Economics and French.Learn more about Angel.

Atticus Rice, from Portland, Oregon, is a Communication and Political Science and International Studies major with a specialization in American Politics and Law. Learn more about Atticus.

2019 Schedule

Friday, May 24
10 a.m. - Army ROTC Commissioning
Baker Memorial Chapel

6:30 p.m. - Senior Investiture & Honors Convocation
Alumni Hall Mainstage

All Campus Party immediately following in the dining hall.

 

Saturday, May 25
9 a.m. - Graduate Students
3 p.m. - Undergraduate Students
Gill Physical Education Learning Center

9 p.m. - Deadline for moving out of the residence halls

**All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST)