Maryland Graduation Timeline

What to Expect at Graduation

The timeline below provides step-by-step information on what to expect up to and during graduation. Please contact if you have any questions.

Graduation Winter 2013

Step 1: Decide if You Are Attending or Not Attending a Ceremony

If You Are Not Attending a Ceremony 

It is not necessary to fill out any forms as the Office of the Registrar will automatically mail your diploma approximately eight weeks after completion of the final class and all program and financial requirements have been confirmed by University officials according to the University Catalog.

2014 Summer Commencement
Kaplan University Graduates

Step 2: Determine if You Want to Attend the Maryland Ceremony

You’ve decided to attend the Maryland ceremonygreat! Here’s what to do next:

  • Determine Eligibility—Review your remaining credits and expected graduation date on your degree plan to determine when your degree will be completed as your degree must be completed by December 31, 2017, to attend the Maryland Ceremony which will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2017.
  • Review Financial Obligations—Participating in the graduation ceremony can be a financial commitment. The ceremony fee to participate is $100.00, students are responsible for purchasing their cap and gown as well as any costs associated with getting to the ceremony, including airfare, hotel, etc. Because costs vary with each student depending on their needs, we recommend researching your costs before registering to attend the ceremony.

Step 3: Register and Pay to Attend the Ceremony

To register for the Maryland Ceremony, please follow this 3-step registration process. 

Step 1: Complete the online participation survey by clicking here approximately 2 to 4 months prior to the ceremony date. Students must register to attend the Winter ceremony by Friday, October 27, 2017. Note: it is not necessary to wait until you reach your final term to register. As long as your completion date is by December 31, 2017, you may register as soon as registration opens. Please note: If the ceremonies reach capacity before the deadline, registration will close early due to fire code regulations.

Step 2: Pay the $100 ceremony feeClick here to download the 2017 Ceremony Fee Form. Payment can be Visa, Mastercard, Discover, cash, or a money order made payable to Kaplan University. This form can be submitted via email to, telephoned in to Shannon Cianelli at 301.766.3708, or can be mailed to: 

Kaplan University—Hagerstown
18618 Crestwood Drive
Hagerstown, MD  21742 


The $100.00 ceremony fee covers the following:

  • One digital upload of the graduate with the Kaplan University, Maryland President  while receiving their diploma cover on stage
  • Access to recorded full ceremony and summary highlight videos
  • Graduation tickets
  • Diploma cover
  • Graduation program
  • Honor cords for those that qualify
  • Military coin for those that are active duty or veterans
  • Facility and event costs
  • Access to Facebook live stream of both ceremonies

This fee does not cover the graduate's cap and gown as each graduate needs to order their directly from Josten's by clicking here.   

Step 3: Order your cap and gown. Caps and gowns are not sold by Kaplan University and will not be available for purchase at the graduation venue. Therefore, they must be ordered prior to the ceremony. Cap and gown orders take up to 6 weeks to process so it is recommended that orders are placed early. The deadline to order caps and gowns for the Maryland ceremony is October 27, 2017, and may be purchased through Jostens by clicking here.  

  • Make your travel plans. Students who do not reside near the ceremony venue are responsible for making all necessary travel plans to get to the ceremony. We recommend booking your airfare and hotel early to avoid high prices.* 
  • Watch your email for important updates and graduation information concerning the Maryland ceremony. If you move, please contact with an updated address as the information may be mailed and/or emailed to the address provided on your participation form.


*It is recommended that graduates and guests refrain from booking travel accommodations until after the ceremony registration opens. In the event of a schedule change, Kaplan University is not responsible for reimbursing travel costs or other expenditures associated with attending the ceremony.


Step 4: Tips for Making Your Experience Seamless

  • Confirm Your Registration—Make sure you have completed the three step process to register for the Maryland ceremony. These three steps are listed on the Sign Up For Maryland Graduation Page and include filling out the registration survey, calling, emailing, or mailing in your $100.00 ceremony fee, and ordering your cap and gown through Jostens. Once you are registered you will start receiving emails about the upcoming graduation ceremony once the registration has closed on October 27, 2017.
  • Avoid Unnecessary FeesPreparing for graduation can be overwhelming, but keeping the following in mind can help ease the stress by keeping costs to a minimum.
    • Order Your Cap and Gown by the Order DeadlineOrders placed after the deadline may require additional rush shipping fees to ensure your order is received in time.
    • Make Travel Plans EarlyHotel and airfare costs are typically higher when booked close to your travel dates, so make any necessary reservations early. 
    • Contact Us if Your Plans ChangeIf you are unable to attend the ceremony, please contact by the posted cancellation deadline of November 7, 2017, to have the $100.00 ceremony fee refunded. Note: No refunds will occur after the deadline date.

Step 5: What to Expect Graduation Day

Below is the graduation day schedule.

December 3, 2017

Maryland Morning Ceremony Schedule

Commencement for graduates in the Schools of Business and Technology, and Health Sciences

  • 9:30 am: Graduate check-in for the morning ceremony, and family photos (optional) - high school gymnasium 
  • 10:00 am: Auditorium doors open for the morning ceremony guest seating   
  • 11:00 am–1:00 pm: Morning ceremony

Maryland Afternoon Ceremony Schedule
Commencement for graduates in the School of Education, Nursing, and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • 1:30 pm: Graduate Check-in for the afternoon ceremony, and family photos (optional) - high school gymnasium 
  • 2:00 pm: Auditorium doors open for the afternoon ceremony guest seating 
  • 3:00 pm–5:00 pm: Afternoon ceremony

Open House at the Local Kaplan University, Hagerstown Campus

Kaplan University, Hagerstown campus will host an open house from 12:30 to 2:30 pm on December 3rd. The open house is for graduates and their families who would like to see a Kaplan University campus and take a tour of the facility. There is also a Kaplan University sign that makes a great backdrop for photos. The location of the open house is less than a half mile away from the graduation ceremony venue, North Hagerstown High School.The address of the open house is:

Kaplan University, Hagerstown Campus
18618 Crestwood Drive
Hagerstown, MD  21742 

Take the second Kaplan School Entrance located at the bottom of the hill on Crestwood Drive to park and enter the facility.

Helpful Hints

  • Be Prepared to Walk—Before processing into the theater, you will line up in a holding area with your classmates. There is moderate distance between the holding area and the auditorium, which does include stairs. If you or a family member needs any special accommodations please make sure to fill out that information when asked this question on the registration survey.
  • Do Not Arrive Earlier Than Requested—While we encourage you to arrive early enough to become familiar with the area, if you do not have questions or do not require assistance, please refrain from arriving more than an hour prior to the start of the ceremony to avoid long wait periods.
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Step 6: Life After Graduation

Graduation is now behind you, but Kaplan University has more to offer.

  • Explore the Alumni page to stay connected with fellow graduates and peers, and to take advantage of the many benefits available to Kaplan University graduates, including discounts with select retailers, continuing your education, and more.
  • Career Services provides resume and job search assistance.  If you are a Hagerstown or Rockville site graduate please go to for assistance. All graduates can also check out the career search tools available through the Career Network. The Career Network is accessible via the KU Campus portal to currently enrolled students and graduates of Kaplan University. It is a social platform for our students and alumni to collaborate with each other and the Career Services team. You can search for jobs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as well as track your job search activity.
  • Check out the Social Hub to stay connected with us in the social media community.

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