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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need an invitation letter for family members who need visas to attend commencement?

Answer
The Registrar’s Office needs a written request from the student for invitation letters.
The letter should include the reason for request, name(s) and relation(s) to visitors with signature from student.  Turnaround time is normally 3-5 business days. You can email a request to the Registrar's Office, fax to (703) 516-4505, or drop it off in person.

What time is commencement ceremony for undergraduates?

Answer
Undergraduate Commencement will be held at DAR Constitution Hall (1776 D. Street NW, Washington, D.C.) on Sunday, May 21st at 3pm.  Students must arrive at 2pm to line up.

What time is commencement ceremony for graduates?

Answer
Graduate Commencement will be held at DAR Constitution Hall (1776 D. Street NW, Washington, D.C.) on Saturday, May 20th at 3pm.  Students must arrive at 2pm to line up.

What faculty member will be preceding students into ceremony?

Answer
Check with the school of your major or the Registrar's Office closer to commencement.

How many tickets are issued to students, how do I get tickets?

Answer
Each student will receive six tickets for the commencement ceremony. Every guest needs a ticket to enter. (Infants and small toddlers who will sit on laps do not need a ticket.) The graduating student does not need a ticket.

Tickets for the Undergraduate Ceremony must be picked up in the Office of Student Affairs, Gerard Hall Room 1028. For questions regarding tickets for the undergraduate ceremony please visit the Commencement Tickets page.  Extra tickets are available via an online lottery.  More information on the lottery is provided once students pick up their original allotment.

Tickets for the Graduate Ceremony will be mailed.  If you have questions regarding Graduate tickets, please contact Academic Affairs at (703) 284-1550.
 

Where do students get their cap and gown?

Answer
Students will order their cap and gown through the bookstore. Students can also order graduation invitations, diploma frames, and class rings.  You can contact the bookstore for additional information at (703) 284-1614.

Where do parents, family members and guests enter?

Answer
TBA

What side of the street will my school be on?

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TBA

Which School walks in first?

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TBA


2017 Commencement Speaker

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Important Dates:

Grad Week Events


Friday, May 19th 2017

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
5:00 pm
Lee Center Verizon Gym

 

Saturday, May 20th 2017

Commencement Mass
9:00 am
Lee Center Verizon Gym

Recognition Day Awards Ceremony
10:30 am
Lee Center Verizon Gym

President's Reception immediately following in Gerard Dining Hall

Graduate Commencement
3:00 pm
DAR Constitution Hall
1776 D Street NW
Washington, D.C.


Sunday, May 21st 2017

Nursing Pinning Ceremony
10:15 am
Lee Center Verizon Gym

Pinning Reception
11:30 am
Lee Center Verizon Gym

Undergraduate Commencement
3:00 pm
DAR Constitution Hall
1776 D Street NW
Washington, D.C.


 

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