The 2020 and 2021 Commencement Ceremony will be held at the M&T Bank Stadium (1101 Russell Street, Baltimore, MD 21230) on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 11 a.m.
Graduates and their families and friends are encouraged to leave ample time to arrive at the stadium. The University strongly suggests that families stay at hotels in close proximity to M&T Bank Stadium to avoid traffic and parking delays.
We will provide a livestream of the Commencement Exercises and the Baccalaureate Mass. The livestream is also available on the Commencement homepage.
Tickets for Commencement are required. Graduates must claim their tickets on the Marching Order website (information was sent from Academic Events in early May with instructions to create an account). Students and families who requested additional tickets will be notified by Tuesday, May 18 if we are able to provide them with additional tickets.
No graduates or guests will be allowed entry into M&T Bank Stadium without a ticket. Each ticket contains a unique barcode that must be scanned upon entry. Attendees may print their tickets ahead of time and bring them to the stadium, or be prepared to present their ticket on their smartphone. Guests arriving separately from a graduate should be in possession of their own ticket. Graduates can re-send tickets from the Marching Order at any time but the barcode on the re-sent ticket will not change. Duplicate tickets will not be accepted.
Parking will be available in lots F, G, H, and N. ADA parking for anyone who requested accessible seating will be in Lot R (located off of the Russell Street service drive). Parking will be $15 per vehicle (no cash accepted).
Map of M&T Bank Stadium parking Directions to and from parking lots
Stadium Entry & COVID Policies
All graduates and guests can enter M&T Bank Stadium through Gate B or Gate D.
Anyone entering the stadium will have a temperature check and COVID screening at the gates. Attendees can expedite the COVID screening by completing their screening on the LiveSafe app within two hours of arriving. Additional details on the LiveSafe app are forthcoming.
Face masks will be required, as Baltimore City's mask mandate is still in place. All attendees will need to wear masks at all times. Masks may only be removed while actively eating or drinking, which is only permitted while sitting in your seat in the bowl. Photos, including those taken while graduates cross stage, must be taken while graduates are wearing masks.
What to bring
- Face masks (required)
- Reader card (graduates only)
- Bags and umbrellas are allowed. Bags will be subject to a search at the gates.
- Due to the length of the ceremony, guests may want to consider bringing a back-up charging pack for phones.
What NOT to bring
Food or drink. No outside food or drink is allowed in the stadium.
All guests, including graduates, will be sitting in the stadium seats. All graduates have been assigned a seat according to the degree that they are receiving.
Map of M&T Bank Stadium and Seating
- Class 2020: Sections 152-148
- Class of 2021: Sections 100-107
Guests may sit in Sections 146-109. There are no reserved seats for guests. Guests can sit in any non-zip tied seats in the allotted sections, except for the first row in every section. No guests may sit or stand in the aisle next to the seats.
Concession stands will open at 9 a.m. near sections 115, 124 and 129. There is no eating or drinking allowed in the concourse areas. Attendees must take their items back to an appropriate seat in the seating bowl to eat or drink.
The event is completely cash free, including all parking lots and concessions.
Reader Card Pick-Up
All graduates must pick up a reader card for their name to be read during the ceremony. The card will include the graduate's name, the degree being awarded, and the seat number assigned. In order to have your name read at Commencement, graduates must bring the card to the ceremony and carry it to the stage.
- The Reader Card Pick-Up Table is located at Gate C.
- Undergraduates in the Class of 2021 can pick up their reader cards on May 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or May 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside of McManus Theater.
Students and families who have any questions about disability seating or issues with their regalia should visit the Commencement Services area at Gate C.
- Presentation of Carroll Medal, Newman Medal, President's Medal, and Milch Award
- Presentation of Honorary Degrees
- Commencement Address
- Conferral of Degrees
Presentation of Degrees
Student degrees are presented after the Commencement Address. The Class of 2020 will cross stage first, followed by the Class of 2021. Each class will walk with doctoral graduates first, then bachelor’s recipients, and then master’s recipients. Grad Images photographers will take photos of the graduates as they cross stage. Proofs and information related to ordering Commencement photographs will be sent directly to each graduate via email. All diplomas will be mailed home.