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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?

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Students should be at DAR Constitution Hall at 9am to start to line up. They will be walked in by a faculty member from their school promptly at 10am. The ceremony will last about two hours.

What time is commencement ceremony for graduates?

Answer
Students should be at DAR Constitution Hall at 1pm to start to line up. They will be walked in by a faculty member from their school promptly at 2pm.  The ceremony will last about two hours.

What faculty member will be preceding students into ceremony?

Answer
Check with the school of your major or the Registrars Office closer to commencement.

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

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Each student will receive six tickets for the Commencement Ceremony at DAR Constitution Hall. 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?

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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 enter?

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Parents should enter in the front of DAR Constitution Hall with tickets in hand for security at the door. Visitors are only allowed to enter through the front unless disability assistance is required.

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

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Baccalaureate Mass
4:00 pm
Verizon Gym

Recognition Day Awards Ceremony
5:30 pm
Verizon Gym

President's Reception immediately following in Gerard Dining Hall

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Commencement Ceremonies
DAR Constitution Hall
1776 D Street NW Washington DC


Undergraduate Ceremony - 10:00am
(graduates arrive by 9:00am)

Graduate Ceremony - 2:00pm
(graduates Arrive by 1:00pm)

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