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Graduation 2014

Convocation Week Events

Monday, May 12

Alumni Lunch for Students (Universities at Shady Grove)

Tuesday, May 13

Graduation Barbecue

Uniform Stringing

Sigma Theta Tau, Pi Chapter Induction Ceremony

Convocation Rehearsal (Universities at Shady Grove)

Wednesday, May 14

Alumni Lunch for Students

Convocation Rehearsal

Graduation Barbecue (Universities at Shady Grove)

Thursday, May 15

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and Reception

Friday, May 16



Faculty and Staff Convocation Luncheon

Convocation Information

Appropriate Dress

Please note that when you are photographed during the convocation and commencement ceremonies, your collar will be visible at the neck of your gown and your lower legs and shoes will be visible below the hem of your gown. Please dress appropriately to be photographed. Additionally, graduating students will be required to walk up and down numerous steps during the ceremonies. Please wear rubber-soled shoes to prevent slipping.


Students wll receive an email after convocation with photo images and instructions for purchasing.

Special Needs

We want to make every effort to accommodate students with special needs. Please contact Lori Harris if you are not able to go up and down stairs or if you have other special needs.

Seating Information

All graduating students will be seated on the main floor of the Baltimore Arena during the convocation ceremony. Pinners will be seated with their BSN or CNL students on the main floor as well. Family members and friends will be seated in the stands of the arena. To maintain safety during the ceremony, family and friends will not be permitted on the main arena floor. Students should select a location to reunite with their family and friends after the ceremony. Graduates will not be permitted to carry purses and bags, as there is not a secure place to store them. Students should leave their personal belongings with family or friends.

Parking and Directions

It is important for students and their family and friends to allow adequate time to drive to Baltimore Arena and to park. Late arrivals may be asked to wait for a pause in the ceremony before being seated. Click here for information on driving to and parking at UMB click here.

Hotel Accommodations

Click here for hotel information for out-of-town guests.

Participating in the Convocation Ceremony

All graduates who wish to participate in the Convocation ceremony MUST complete a Convocation RSVP. An email with RSVP information will be sent to students' UMB email address. When arriving at Baltimore Arena, BSN and CNL graduates must check in with their designated pinner.


Questions regarding convocation should be directed to Lori Harris.

Convocation Speaker

Susan FinlaysonSusan D. Finlayson, DNP, RN, NE-BC
Senior Vice President of Operations
Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore

Dr. Susan D. Finlayson is senior vice president of operations for Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. She previously served for 10 years as senior vice president of patient care and chief nursing officer (CNO) at Mercy.

Dr. Finlayson oversees the operations of numerous clinical and non-clinical departments, including inpatient and outpatient surgical services, critical care, orthopedics, oncology, emergency services, and medical/surgical areas, as well as environmental services, social work, food/nutrition services, education and research, and transportation.

Prior to joining Mercy in 2002, Dr. Finlayson had held various positions, including senior manager at Cap Gemeni Ernst & Young, and director of medical/surgical nursing at the University of Pittsburgh, Shady Side Hospital in Pennsylvania.

A 1982 graduate of Widener University in Chester, Penna., with a degree in nursing, Dr. Finlayson earned her master’s in adult health and illness in 1986 from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in 2009.

Dr. Finlayson is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Sorority of Nursing. She is a recognized expert in nursing strategic planning, Magnet development, and CNO competencies.

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