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UMGC Asia Commencement — Okinawa

Celebrate your achievement at UMGC Commencement ceremonies in Okinawa.

Welcome to the UMGC Asia 2024 Commencement in Okinawa - April 13, 2024


Okinawa Ceremony Details

Ceremony Location

For students located in Okinawa, this year's ceremony and graduate reception will be held at the Yomitan Cultural Center (Otori Hall), in Yomitan, Okinawa at 2:00 PM on April 13, 2024. Please use the unique link sent to you via email to RSVP for the ceremony. If you haven't received your link by March 1, 2024, email


Commencement guests are limited to four guests per graduate; please contact us if you'd like to bring more than four guests. Children are welcome at the ceremony but to maintain the formal atmosphere, we will provide a separate space for restless children.

Regalia and Invitations

You must order your commencement regalia (cap and gown) through Oak Hall no later than March 16 to allow time for shipping. No regalia will be available for rental or purchase on the day of the event. Shipping to an APO/FPO address is considered domestic shipping (not international, even if the location is outside of the USA).

If you would like to order commencement invitations, you can order official UMGC Asia invitations at: When you enter the ordering portal, select "state," "school," and “month” of ceremony to get started. Please choose "Maryland" as the state, "University of Maryland Global Campus Asia" as the school and "April" as the month of the ceremony. Then click on "Get Started."

Dress Code

All graduates are required to wear regalia (graduation cap and gown) to commencement. We encourage you to wear appropriate business casual attire under your gown. We recommend comfortable shoes because there will be prolonged periods of standing and walking throughout the day. Guests are not permitted to accompany graduates to the robing area. Note that graduates are not permitted to have any items —purses, cameras, cell phones, etc.— in their hands when they line-up and the graduation gowns do not have pockets. Please leave all items with your guest or in your car.

Schedule of Events

The Schedule of Events for the day of commencement is as follows:

  • 9:30am – 12:00pm Graduate Check-in and Line-up
  • 9:30am – 12:00pm Commencement Portraits (optional, requires fee) 
  • 12:00pm – 1:30pm Pre-processional & Dress Rehearsal (in full regalia)
  • 1:30pm – 2:00pm Guest Seating  
  • 2:00pm Processional begins
  • 3:30pm – 6:00pm Post-Commencement Reception
  • 3:30pm – 5:00pm Post-Commencement Portraits  (optional, requires fee) 

See Okinawa Ceremony Schedule PDF for additional details.

If you have any questions regarding the Okinawa Commencement Ceremony, or the other UMGC Asia Commencements (Tokyo, Guam, or Korea), please e-mail our commencement team.

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 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.

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