UMUC Asia Commencement - Tokyo

Welcome to the UMUC Asia 2018 Commencement in Tokyo - April 7, 2018

Each year UMUC Asia celebrates the accomplishments of our graduates and graduate candidates with four commencement ceremonies in the spring. This year's Tokyo ceremony will be held at the New Sanno Hotel at 2:00pm on April 7, 2018.


Students who have graduated in the Summer, Fall, or Winter (MBA only) of the previous year with an associate's degree or higher are automatically eligible for attending this year's commencement. An example of this would be students who graduated in Summer 2017, Fall 2018, or Winter 2017 (MBA only) are automatically invited to the Spring 2018 commencement ceremonies.

Students who are graduate candidates for the Spring 2018 Term (meaning they have applied for graduation in their MyUMUC by the February 15th deadline) are also eligible to participate in commencement. If your completion date does not fall within the aforementioned terms, please contact commencement-asia@umuc.eduRSVP e-mails will be sent to all eligible graduates and will include direct links to the RSVP pages. If you think that you are eligible for commencement but have not received an email from UMUC Asia inviting you to RSVP by March 1, 2018 please contact your local academic advisor or our commencement team.

You can order you commencement regalia through Oak Hall - Please order your regalia at least 3-4 weeks before your ceremony to allow time for shipping.If you would like to order commencement invitations, you can order official UMUC Asia invitations at: When you enter the ordering portal, you'll see that students need to select "state," "school," and “month” of ceremony to get started. Please choose "Maryland" as the state, "University of Maryland University College Asia" as the school and "May" as the month of the ceremony. Then click on "Get Started."


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

Please click the following link for a printable step by step graduation process guide: UMUC Asia Graduation Checklist

Ceremony Location:

In an effort to provide the best commencement possible for our students in mainland Japan, this year's Tokyo ceremony and the congratulatory graduate reception will be held at the New Sanno Hotel in Tokyo, Japan.  Please visit the following link to RSVP for the Tokyo ceremony: RSVP here.

Entering the New Sanno Hotel—Non-SOFA Graduates and Non-SOFA Guests

For non-SOFA graduates, visitors and Japanese Nationals: In order for you and your guests to enter the New Sanno Hotel on Commencement day, please forward the following information to Mr. Robert Andrew Kelly at  Last Name; First Name; Nationality; Gender; Child Age; Sponsor (Graduate);  before March 01, 2018.  Please note all Non-SOFA guest must present Passport, Japanese Driver’s License or Government Issue Picture ID at the gate.

The New Sanno Hotel is considered a military installation and has special requirements for Non-SOFA and Third-State Nationals to enter the gate. Please use the forms below if you plan to bring Non-SOFA or Third-State Nationals as a guest to the Commencement Ceremony. These forms must be submitted no later than March 1, 2018.

DCTSN Entry Request Form

If you are planning to stay in the New Sanno Hotel or around the area where commencement will be held, please call ahead to make reservations as soon as possible since the weekend of April 7th is quite busy. For additional assistance with lodging near where the actual ceremony will take place, please see the following Google Map link:

Schedule of Events:

Please review the documents below for more detailed information on the Tokyo Ceremony:

Tokyo - Schedule of Events

Photo Order Form:

Due to limited access to an internet ready device, the photographer will be unable to take credit cards at the time the photos are taken, but please feel free to prepay for your photos through PayPal ( Students will also have the option to bring cash or pay via PayPal (on their smart phone/tablet) on the day of the ceremony. For more information on pricing, please see the order form below. You can complete this form in advance and bring it to the ceremony with you for faster service.  UMUC photo order form

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