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Take the final step in your academic career by accepting your degree from UMGC.


Commencement is more than an academic tradition. It is a formal ceremony that closes one chapter of your life and opens a new one.

If you're like a lot of soon-to-be college graduates, you've prevailed over at least a few challenges as you made your way through post-secondary education. We know you've worked hard to reach this significant milestone, and it's time for you to celebrate.

Commencement is a special opportunity to commemorate your achievements as a student and be recognized for what you've accomplished. It is a time to thank family, friends, and others who have helped you along the way. It is your chance to catch up with classmates and shake hands with faculty and staff.

Recognize your hard work and celebrate your educational milestone. We cordially invite all Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Spring 2024 graduates and their guests to one of our four commencement ceremonies. We look forward to seeing you in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, or Guam!

Eligibility for Graduation

Students who have graduated in Summer 2023, Fall 2023, or Winter 2024 (MBA and MSTL only) with an associate's degree or higher are automatically eligible to attend this year's commencement and will receive an email invitation to attend the Spring 2024 commencement ceremonies. Students who are graduate candidates for the Spring 2024 Term (meaning they have applied for graduation in their MyUMGC by the deadline) are also eligible to participate in commencement. An email will be sent to all eligible graduates and graduate candidates and will include direct links to the RSVP pages. If you think that you are eligible for commencement but have not received an e-mail by March 1, 2024 from UMGC Asia inviting you to RSVP, please contact your local academic advisor or our commencement team. If your completion term was prior to the aforementioned terms or upcoming in the summer of 2024 and you wish to participate in the spring 2024 ceremony, please contact


The deadline to submit a graduation application for undergraduate (associate and bachelor’s) degree completion is February 15, 2024. Graduate (master’s) degree students expecting to complete their programs in Winter or Spring are required to complete their graduation application by March 1, 2024, in order to participate in the 2024 commencement ceremony. If you do not submit a graduation application by the application deadline, you will not receive an invitation to participate in ceremonies and may not be included in the commencement ceremony program book. Should you miss this deadline or do not receive an invitation for commencement, please contact

Please note: If you are a Stateside graduate or enrolled in any graduate program other than the Master of Science in Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Science in Transformational Leadership, you are in a Stateside program and will need to contact if you wish to participate in Asia’s Spring Commencement. Additionally, you will need to complete your application for graduation on or before March 1, 2024 to ensure you receive an invitation to the spring ceremony and are included in the program for the ceremony.

Graduation Requirements and Checklist

Information on graduation requirements can be found here: Certificates, Diplomas, and Graduation

Please use this UMGC Asia Graduation Checklist to be sure you complete all requirements and steps.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • FAQs Get answers to common questions about commencement at University of Maryland Global Campus Asia.

UMGC Worldwide Commencements

UMGC also holds commencements in the U.S. and Germany. Learn more:

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