May 2021 Graduation Information

Congratulations Graduating Students!

We look forward to commemorating your graduation with a virtual celebration in May. In the weeks to come, we plan to collaborate with you and your class leaders on special ways to share your reflections, accomplishments, photos and more. In addition, we will develop plans to celebrate in person in the fall on a date to be determined. Please check this website for information on our celebration plans and we will also provide updates by email.


Graduation Events

Monday, May 17- 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and Tuesday, May 18- 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm:  Graduation Photography at Maryland Carey Law.  Graduating students may register for an appointment to take a portrait with the campus photographer at Maryland Carey Law.  Portraits will take place outside in the courtyard.  The rain location will be the atrium.  The campus photographer will provide each student with two images, free of cost.  You may register for an appointment online.  Students will be expected to follow all COVID-19 protocols. 

Please submit the Episodic Self Monitoring Symptom Report  and provide the following email address in the space that requests a supervisor's email address:, in the morning, prior to your visit to the law school.  Please wear your mask at all times, except when you are taking your photo.  Please make sure that your face mask covers your nose and mouth completely and fits securely on your face. 

Wednesday, May 19 - 4:00 pm: Virtual Toast hosted by the Maryland Carey Law Club (This is an event for Alumni and current graduates). Please RSVP online.  

Thursday, May 20 (time TBD):  The Class of 2021 Digital Yearbook will "go live". Additionally, the UMB Community is invited to celebrate Class of 2021 graduates of each of our professional schools. Visit at 9:00 am on Thursday, May 20 where you will see the link to view a special program featuring music, inspirational messages, and reflections on this past year.  We hope you will enjoy it and will invite family and friends to view it as well!

Friday, May 21 - 11:00 am:  Maryland Carey Law Virtual Graduation - Please join us along with your family and friends at 11:00 am on Friday, May 21 for our Maryland Carey Law Virtual Graduation.  Graduates will hear congratulatory remarks and words of encouragement and advice from President Jarrell, Dean Tobin, your class leaders, and faculty.  President Jarrell will confer the Juris Doctor, Master of Laws, and Master of Science in Law degrees and the names of graduates will be announced during this presentation.  In addition, we are pleased to share that Shale D. Stiller, Senior Counsel at DLA Piper who has taught as an adjunct professor at Maryland for 58 years will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.  Tune in to the presentation here -  on Friday. 

Friday, May 21 – 12:30 pm:  Following the graduation presentation, graduates and faculty are asked to join us on Zoom.   Graduates will be invited to have a loved one "hood" them when the Dean prompts them during his remarks.  

Due to capacity limitations on Zoom, only graduates and faculty should register and join the Zoom session.  Please check your emails for the Zoom registration link.  

Please ask your family and friends not to sign in via Zoom but to watch the livestream of the Zoom here -   - on the same page of the website where the virtual graduation will be hosted.


Academic Regalia:  

Academic regalia is available to be purchased through Oak Hall. Students are not required to purchase regalia but can if they would like to.  A complete academic regalia consists of a gown, tassel, tam, and hood.    

Please note, we recently had to change our original plan which was to have the pre-purchased hood distributed by Oak Hall. Instead, the Campus Store is mailing out the hood to graduating students.  In order to receive your hood, please complete this survey and submit your current mailing address so that the Campus Store can ship the hood directly to you.  Order early and please allow two weeks for processing your order plus transit time. Final date for orders is May 5, 2021.      

How to Wear Master Regalia:  How to wear your Master cap and gown - YouTube  

How to Wear Doctoral Regalia: Putting On Your Doctoral Hood | CAPGOWN - YouTube 


Graduating with a dual degree?

Dual Degrees:  If you earned an additional graduate degree in December 2020 or will earn an additional degree when you graduate in May 2021, please inform Assistant Dean Michele Hayes at Please provide the following information:

  • Anticipated graduate degree/Name of Graduate School
  • Ex. Master of Public Policy, University of Maryland School of Public Policy


Direct Loan Exit Counseling – Financial Aid:

Students who received federal Direct Loan funds while attending UMB must complete Direct Loan Exit Counseling on the Direct Loan website,  It is required by law.  It provides important information that you will need as you prepare to repay your federal student loans. This includes information on loan deferments, forbearances, and the loan repayment options that are available.  

During the Exit Counseling Session, you will review the terms and conditions that apply to your federal student loans.  You may view your outstanding balance on your federal student loans and your servicer’s information at, the National Student Loan Data System.  Towards the end of the Exit Counseling Session, you will need to provide the name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number for your closest living relative, two references who live in the United States, and current or expected employer information (if known).  

Please note:  If you do not fulfill this federal requirement, UMB will not be able to release your diploma and transcript.  When you have completed the Direct Loan Exit Counseling, the University Student Financial Assistance office will be notified electronically, and the outstanding requirement placed on your SURFS account will be satisfied.  



Please clean out your lockers between now and July 31.  Students will be able to schedule a time to go into the law school to remove items and locks from their lockers on Fridays between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Please send an email to to request an appointment.   


Bar Certifications:

COVID19 Protocols:  While the law school is under COVID19 restrictions and adaptations for remote learning, please submit all bar certification requests/deans certfication forms/etc to  Make sure to include all relevant information and a copy of your release of information.

The School of Law does NOT complete the Certification as to College Education (Pre-Legal) form for the Maryland Bar.

Bar Certifications are completed by the Offices of Registration and Enrollment and Student Affairs in the order in which they are received. Due to the high volume of these requests, please understand that there is sometimes a 2-4 week turnaround time. While we endeavor to meet all reasonable requests, please realize that out of respect for the other petitioners, there is no such thing as "same day" or "walk in and wait" service. Bar forms or requests for certification letters can be mailed to the attention of Shanti Narinesingh at 500 West Baltimore Street, Suite 280, Baltimore, MD 21201 or faxed to (410) 706-2103. Be sure to include your full name, social security number, date of graduation, return address, due date for the document and a contact phone number or email address. For any additional questions, please call (410) 706-5235. Email submissions of bar certification documents should be sent to (