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2019 Commencement

Thursday, May 23, 2019
9 a.m. | 2 p.m. | 7 p.m.

The Event Center at Live! Casino & Hotel
7002 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover


Three separate commencement ceremonies to be held Thursday, May 23, at the Event Center at Live! Casino & Hotel, at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Graduates will select their ceremony time and be provided a maximum of five guest tickets for that ceremony.

General guest seating opens an hour prior to each ceremony. Every guest must have a ticket for that ceremony time and should plan to be seated before its start time. Graduate procession begins at the ticketed time. The ceremony is expected to last about an hour and a half and graduates are expected to remain for the entire ceremony.

To ensure the event is enjoyable for everyone, there is no standing in the aisles, strollers must be parked in the designated areas and disruptive behavior could result in being asked to leave the event.


Where to Report

Graduates MUST report to the Event Center at Live! Casino & Hotel one hour before your reserved ceremony for lineup and instructions. Allow adequate time to arrive and park. DO NOT BE LATE. There is no rehearsal for commencement, so it is important to arrive before the ceremony begins. Signage will direct you to the appropriate area.

Parking Options for Graduates and Guests

Surface parking is available directly across from the hotel entrance or to the side and in front of Burlington Coat Factory. Walk through the lobby, passing LUCKIES on the right. Turn left. Garage parking is available. On levels 3, 4 and 5 at rows E and F, a bank of elevators will take you down to the casino level. Exit the elevator and turn left.*

* Maryland law dictates casino guests must be 21 or older to enter the casino. For the convenience of younger guests, please plan your route accordingly.

Wear Appropriate Attire

As you plan your attire to be worn under your gown, consider your comfort in walking/standing for a procession. Shorts, flip-flops and beachwear/swimwear are not permitted. You may not carry purses, cameras, etc., while marching in the procession. Leave valuable items at home or with a family member. The college is not responsible for lost items.


During the ceremony, a professional photographer will take pictures as graduates receive their award and a second photograph will be captured with their diploma immediately after the graduate leaves the stage. The photographer will contact graduates with information on how to purchase prints. Due to safety regulations, aisles need to remain clear. Family and guests will not be permitted to stand in the aisles to take pictures.

Disability Accommodations

Guests with limited mobility should arrive early to allow adequate time to be seated. Graduates and guests requiring other accommodations are highly encouraged to contact Disability Support Services at 410-777-2306 by May 4 to ensure accommodations are coordinated for the event.

Be Considerate

Commencement is an academic ceremony that is dignified and joyful. We will call graduates to the stage to be individually congratulated. For many graduates and guests, the name announcement is the highlight of the ceremony. For others, enjoying the singers and speakers is important. We ask everyone to express excitement in positive ways that respect others’ enjoyment. Noisemakers are prohibited. Electronic devices should be silenced, and graduates must remain until the ceremony ends.


Post-Ceremony Viewing Options

The ceremonies will be recorded and available on the college’s YouTube channel for rebroadcast at a later time.

Diplomas and Transcripts

Diplomas will be mailed June 30 to all spring 2019 graduates. Diplomas already have been mailed to summer and fall 2018 graduates.

Notation of spring graduation on transcripts will occur June 15. A complimentary, unofficial transcript will be mailed to spring graduates June 15.


Graduate Packet Distribution – Cap, gown, announcements, invitations and tickets

In order to accommodate our graduates and guests, you will choose 9 a.m., 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. for your ceremony time when you pick up your graduate packet. Although you may select your preferred ceremony and time, you may desire to attend the ceremony that coincides with the school from which you will graduate.

Below is a list of times that faculty from schools will be processing for graduation:

  • 9 a.m. School of Liberal Arts (excluding the Mathematics department)
  • 2 p.m. School of Science and Technology and the Mathematics department
  • 7 p.m. School of Health Sciences, School of Business and Law, School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development and the Truxal Library

Graduate packets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. April 4 in the AACC Bookstore. Time preferences are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are required for each guest – even children – attending the event.

You or your designee may purchase, with ID, your cap, gown and tassel, and pick up your announcements, invitations and a maximum of five guest tickets* in the AACC Bookstore (SUN 160). The regalia packet costs $29.95. Additional announcements ($3 for a set of five) may be purchased at the AACC Bookstore. The bookstore will accommodate unique sizes; call 410-777-2225 for special orders.

Beginning May 8, a limited number of cap-and-gown packets will be available for $49.95 on a first-come, first-served basis until May 14 for graduates who did not purchase their cap and gown by May 7.

Graduates who have demonstrated financial need may qualify for assistance with the expense of the cap and gown by completing a “Regalia Scholarship Application” by April 1 through the financial aid office.

*Spring 2019 graduation applicants may not purchase cap/gown or pick up announcements/invitations/tickets until they receive a graduation status letter indicating they are eligible to graduate. However, graduation applicants who wish to apply for the Regalia Scholarship must do so by April 1, regardless if they have received a graduation status letter.

April 4 Grad Fair — 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Choose your college ring, preorder a commencement video, purchase your cap and gown, and pick up your tickets, invitations and announcements. During the grad fair, a photographer will be in the AACC Bookstore to take graduation portraits.

Extra Tickets

At the time you purchase your cap/gown packet and pick up your guest tickets, you or your designee, with ID, may submit a request form, available in the AACC Bookstore, for extra guest tickets based on availability. Only one form will be accepted per graduate.

A drawing for extra guest tickets will be done May 16 and those graduates will be contacted. Quantities will be limited per selected graduate to a maximum of two extra tickets and may be further limited based on availability. There is no guarantee of the availability of extra tickets.

Outstanding Obligations

All fees and other financial obligations to the college must be paid in order to participate in the commencement ceremony. If you have an outstanding obligation, you will not be eligible to reserve your ceremony time and pick up the regalia packet during the distribution dates.

Active Duty Members or Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces

If you are an active duty member or a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, you may be eligible to receive a cord to wear with your cap/gown in recognition of your military service. Contact AACC’s Military/Veteran Resource Center (MVRC) at 410-777-4838 or email for information.

Note: Graduates on active military duty are invited to wear their service dress uniform to the ceremony.

Honor Societies: Phi Theta Kappa and Chi Alpha Epsilon

Graduates who have been inducted into the Omicron Theta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and/or the Epsilon Chi chapter of the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society will have a notation on their diplomas. See for PTK regalia items that may be worn during the commencement ceremony.

For PTK information call 410-777-2218.
For XAE information call 410-777-1258.


Honors for summer and fall graduates reflect grade point averages at the time of summer or fall graduation. For spring degree candidates, the honors indicated in the program and announced during the ceremony reflect grade point averages as of April 1, 2019. Actual graduation honors will be designated on diplomas and transcripts after the records office reviews final spring grades.

Commencement Questions

If you have questions regarding the commencement, call 410-777-2243. 

Note: The college will be closed March 18-24 for spring break.


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