Commencement 2019

Overview

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

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.

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 includes caps, gowns, hoods, and honor cords associated with academic honors such as College Scholars, and national or departmental academic honor societies. Stoles of any kind and non-academic cords are not worn at this event.

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. Proper academic regalia includes caps, gowns, hoods, and honor cords associated with academic honors such as College Scholars, and national or departmental academic honor societies. Stoles of any kind and non-academic cords are not worn at this event.

If you borrow undergraduate regalia, you will wear the hood only at Commencement. 

Photographs
Photos of graduates receiving their diplomas and standing off stage with their diplomas were 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 23, and mailed to graduates during the week of May 27. 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. The ceremony will be sign interpreted. 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.

Ceremony Instructions

Details will be provided as soon as they are available.

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 Archway, Log In and select Authorizations and Restrictions from the Student Menu. Look at Personal Restrictions.
  4. Fill out an application for graduation via the Archway.

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 four 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 Archway, 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 Archway 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 Emily Salyards, Associate Registrar for Degree Progress, 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 four 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, esalyards@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 four tickets. We will not know until mid-May if additional tickets will be available.

2019 Schedule

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

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

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

**All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST)