The law school community looks forward to celebrating your graduation from law school with you, your family, and friends. We encourage you to join us for graduation events and activities next week to commemorate this important event in the lives of our students.
The information on this page concerns 2014 graduation activities. We expect to begin updating this information for 2015 graduation by December 2014.
All students begin to arrive at The Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
Once at the Hall, marshals will direct students to enter the Hall from either the side entrance on Cathedral Street or the side entrance on Park Avenue. Follow signs once inside.
Hooding ceremony concludes.
The University Commencement will take place at the Baltimore Arena at 201 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Graduates, guests, faculty, and staff will enter the Arena at the Baltimore Street/Hopkins Place entrance. Graduates will meet the University Procession in the staging area. Follow the signs directing you to your degree assembly area. See the section below on Disability Seating for information on accommodated seating. Tickets are not required for the Commencement Ceremony.
Graduates selected for Order of the Coif, graduating Summa Cum Laude (top 5 students), Magna Cum Laude (top 10%) or Cum Laude (top 1/3) and the many other graduation prizes and awards will have their names identified in the Law School Hooding Ceremony program. Selection for Order of the Coif, other honors recognition and final graduation class ranks combine day and evening graduates and graduates of the previous July and December with the May graduates.
Graduating Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Cum Laude will not be noted on the diploma that you receive at the commencement ceremony. Students who graduate with these honors will instead receive a notice with their diploma from the University of Maryland Office of the Registrar stating that a diploma with these honors designations will be mailed to the address noted on their diploma application when the new diplomas are available.
Order of the Coif, which is not noted on the diploma, is awarded to students who are in the top 10% of the class and who have completed at least seventy-five percent of their requirements at the Maryland Carey School of Law. Students will receive their coif certificates at the recognition ceremony
Graduates will begin to arrive by 10:00 am and must be present at the Meyerhoff no later than 10:15 am. Students will be directed to enter the Meyerhoff using a side entrance. in order to be marshaled alphabetically in preparation for the procession. Follow signs to the lobby. Marshals will line you up alphabetically and assist you with your regalia.
Wearing the Tassel
Wear your tassel to your right side prior to your hooding. We will direct you to switch your tassel to your left side at the conclusion of the hooding ceremony.
Carrying Your Hood
Guests should enter through the main entrance of the Meyerhoff on Cathedral Avenue. All guests, including children and babies, MUST have tickets to enter Meyerhoff Hall. The Meyerhoff’s doors will open for guests at 10:30 am, and all guests must take their seats as soon as possible before the procession begins at 10:45 am/10:50 am. The ceremony will begin at 11 am. Please be mindful that the School of Dentistry is hosting its graduation ceremony at the Meyerhoff in the hours preceding our event. Their graduates and guests may be exiting the Meyerhoff and nearby parking structures as law school guests arrive. If it is possible to open the doors of the Meyerhoff before 10:30 am, the School of Law will make an announcement closer to graduation day.
Because of graduation events taking place at the Meyerhoff and the nearby Lyric Opera House Friday morning, parking may be tight as law school graduates and guests arrive for the Hooding Ceremony. Please see the parking tab on this page for available parking options. We strongly urge using taxis or other public transportation such as the Light Rail to travel to the Meyerhoff.
Shuttle Bus Service
(For students attending both the Hooding Ceremony and University Commencement)
Because the Hooding Ceremony is scheduled to conclude shortly before the start time of the University Commencement ceremony, the School of Law will provide shuttle bus transportation for students attending both events. The shuttle will take these graduates from the School of Law to the Meyerhoff in the morning, and at the conclusion of the Hooding Ceremony, graduates attending the University Commencement will board the shuttle for the trip directly to the Baltimore Arena. Again, the shuttle bus service will be reserved for students only, and only those who plan to attend both the Hooding and University Commencement ceremonies. Students were asked to RSVP for this shuttle service when requesting Hooding Ceremony tickets.
Please arrange for your family and friends to meet you at the Baltimore Arena or another pre-determined location. If you plan to take the shuttle, we encourage you to leave your car parked near the School of Law in the morning, take the shuttle from the law school to the Meyerhoff and then from the Meyerhoff to the Baltimore Arena.
Each student and guest will receive a copy of the Hooding Ceremony program which will list the names of all graduating students. In addition, the program will identify the recipients of academic prizes and awards.
Graduates attending the University Commencement will proceed directly to the shuttle buses. Please arrange for your family and friends to meet you at the Baltimore Arena or another pre-determined location.
The University Commencement recognizing graduates from the Schools of Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, and the Graduate School will begin at 2:00 pm at the Baltimore Arena at 201 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.
Arrival Procedures for the Graduates and Guests:
There is no assigned seating for guests. Law students are usually seated in the front rows of the second column of seats on the left when you face the stage. Guests of law students may wish to sit on the east side of the Arena. As with the Hooding ceremony, it is wise to determine ahead of time where you will meet your family and friends after the University Commencement has concluded.
Following the greetings, remarks, and recognition of honorary degree recipients, degrees will be conferred by President Perman on the graduates of the seven University of Maryland schools. The Commencement speaker for this year will be author, Wes Moore; more information is available on the University’s Commencement website. Individual names are not called at University Commencement, but graduates are invited to the stage to shake hands with the Dean. At the conclusion of the ceremony, you will receive your diploma.
The School of Law will provide a shuttle bus for students who plan to attend both the Hooding and Commencement Services. This service is for students only – not parents, spouses, children or other guests.
If you do not plan to take the law school shuttle, you will find information about other transportation options and parking information for the Commencement Ceremony on the following page: http://www.umaryland.edu/commencement/parking/index.html.
Hooding Ceremony Tickets
Graduates may pick up their tickets until Wednesday, May 14, 2014. All holds must be cleared before picking up your tickets. Graduation tickets will not be released until all outstanding obligations (library books returned, financial obligations, etc.) to the University are cleared.
If you purchased academic regalia, please pick it up from the Seven Scholars University Store on the ground level of the SMC Campus Center SMC Campus Center, 621 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.
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The University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law Hooding Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall located at 1212 Cathedral Street in Baltimore, MD 21201. The procession will begin at 10:45, so all guests must be seated by that time. This venue is located 1.5 miles from the School of Law: http://www.bsomusic.org/.
Taxi cabs are available at the cab stands at all hotels.
The Charm City Circulator is a free shuttle that travels three routes in Baltimore City. The separate routes include the Green Route (City Hall to Fells Point to Johns Hopkins), the Purple Route (Penn Station to Federal Hill), and the Orange Route (Hollins Market to Harbor East). The shuttle is intended to reduce congestion and greenhouse gas pollution by offering a convenient, reliable and eco-friendly form of public transportation. Routes and Schedules
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall is easily accessible from local routes 3 & 11.
The Cultural Center stop is the closest to the Meyerhoff which is located directly across Park Avenue to the south. The Light Rail runs from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Fridays.
Exit the subway at State Center Station. Walk one block east on Preston Street to Howard Street. Make a left on Howard then turn right on Dolphin heading east. Meyerhoff is on the right. Metro operates from 5 a.m. to midnight on Fridays.
For MARC riders, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall is just a short walk or cab ride from Baltimore Penn Station. After exiting the train, follow the signs in the station to Charles Street and walk south. Make a right onto Preston Street (the first street past the light at Mt. Royal Avenue). Follow Preston Street three blocks to Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, on the corner of Preston and Cathedral Streets. For fares, schedules, maps and other transit information, please visit http://www.mtamaryland.com or call 410.539.5000.
Cathedral Parking Garage
1311 Cathedral Street / Baltimore, MD 21201
Located at the northeast corner of Preston and Cathedral opposite the Meyerhoff; enter from Cathedral Street. The parking rate is $12.00.
Symphony Center Parking Garage
1020 Park Avenue / Baltimore, MD 21201
Located adjacent to the Meyerhoff. To enter, take Preston Street to the Meyerhoff driveway; exit the Meyerhoff driveway to Park Ave. The parking rate is $12.00.
The Fitzgerald Garage
1201 West Mount Royal Avenue / Baltimore, MD 21201
This garage is located at West Mt. Royal and West Oliver Street behind the Lyric Opera House. Enter at West Oliver Street. The parking rate is $10.00.
Parking for the Disabled
Spaces are available on both the Park Avenue and Cathedral Street sides of the Meyerhoff, and in the parking garages.
Pay close attention to parking regulations; they are strictly enforced by the City of Baltimore.
If you or any of your guests require special seating or other accommodations for the Law School Recognition Ceremony, Reception, or Hooding Ceremony, please contact Marilyn Jones in the Office of Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410.706.5235 no later than April 21, 2014.
Requests for accommodations for the University Commencement should be directed to Cynthia Rice, email@example.com, 410.706.3171.
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