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UMSOM Graduation

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last year's ceremony.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The ceremony will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at the Hippodrome Baltimore located at 12 N. Eutaw St. Baltimore, MD 21201. Students should arrive no later than 9:00 a.m. to line up with their class. Our procession will start promptly at 9:30 a.m., so it is important for students to be in line and in their appropriate order. Our ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. promptly, with a lunch reception immediately following the ceremony.

Keynote Speaker

Gina Kolata

Gina Kolata is a reporter at The New York Times, focusing on science and medicine. Her training is in science: She studied molecular biology at the graduate level at M.I.T. for a year and a half and has a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland.

Her work at The Times has led her to be a Pulitzer finalist twice — for investigative reporting in 2000 and for explanatory journalism in 2010. Other writing awards include ones in 2010 from the Silurian Society for a series on the war on cancer and from The Associated Press Sports Editors for writing about the Caster Semenya intersex controversy at the world track championships.

In previous years she has received awards from other groups, including the American Association of Health Care Journalists, and the University of Maryland, which gave her a Distinguished Alumnus award. Bowdoin College awarded her an honorary doctoral degree. And she was made a Kentucky Colonel, just like Col. Sanders.

She is the author of several books, including Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss and the Myths and Realities of Dieting (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007), which was a finalist for the Quill book awards in 2007.

She has also lectured at various universities and medical schools.

Besides working for The Times, her passions include spending time with her family, reading literary fiction, distance running, road cycling, cooking, and knitting.

Regalia and Graduation Accessories

Any student who wishes to participate in the Commencement Ceremony will be required to wear a cap and gown. Any student who did not order their regalia at the Grad Fair will be able to order online by visiting the Oak Hall website. You may purchase other graduation accessories online by visiting Herff JonesThe deadline to order regalia is May 4, 2017.

Applying for a Diploma

MAY (SPRING) GRADUATES: Deadline to file an Application for Diploma was February 5, 2017. Filing an Application for Diploma is mandatory and can be submitted online through SURFS (instructions are sent to all students via their campus e-mail account). If you have missed the deadline or have any questions please contact the Office of Student Affairs. 


There are a number of affordable garages located all throughout downtown Baltimore. You can pay in advance through Parking Panda for $20 a day at 300 E. Pratt St., or 30 E. Lee St. use Promo Code UMSOM for 20% off. Your families may opt to park in one of the campus parking facilities which are within walking distance of the venue.

Handicap Accommodations

The venue will be wheelchair accessible and handicapped seating will be available. If you need any other accommodations, please contact the Office of Student Affairs. Students will have at least 7 tickets each. They will be available in late March/early April. Graduates will need a ticket for themselves. There will be a wait-list for those who need extra tickets which will begin in March/April.


Grad Images will be providing photography services. Every graduate will receive emailed proofs and printed proofs by mail with no obligation to buy. The packages start at $5.

School of Medicine Faculty

Faculty will be able to go to the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development website to sign up to attend the School of Medicine Graduation Ceremony, order regalia, and get detailed information on your arrival time and where you should report at a later date.

The Campus-Wide Convocation will take place on Friday, May 19, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Royal Farms Arena at 201 W. Baltimore St. Baltimore, MD 21201.

Other Information

The SOM and affiliated groups and organizations host a number of events throughout each academic year. Students and/or their families may be asked to incur costs related to additional guests, dietary preferences or restrictions, or other special non-ADA accommodations at these and other events.