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Frequently Asked Questions

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

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?

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?

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?

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?

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.
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Tickets for the Graduate Ceremony will be mailed.  If you have questions regarding Graduate tickets, please contact Academic Affairs at (703) 284-1550.
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 contact the Office of Student Affairs at (703) 284-1615.

Where do students get their cap and gown?

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?

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?

Undergraduate Students Graduate Students
C Street - School of Education and School of Arts & Sciences C Street - School of Health Professions and School of Business
D Street - School of Health Professions and School of Business D Street - School of Arts and Sciences and School of Education

Which School walks in first?

Undergraduates Graduates
School of Education 1st School of Health Professions 1st
School of Arts & Sciences 2nd School of Business 2nd
School of Health Professions 3rd School of Arts & Sciences 3rd
School of Business 4th School of Education 4th

Seating Chart-Undergraduate and Graduate ceremonies below:
Spring 2016 Under Graduate Commencement Constitution Hall Seating Chart 5-2-2
Spring 2016 Graduate Commencement Constitution Hall Seating Chart 5-2-2

2016 Commencement Speaker

Cardinal Donald Wuerl
Archbishop of Washington

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, will address 671 degree candidates and receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Marymount University’s Undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, May 15.

Cardinal Wuerl was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. He participated in the March 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis. He serves on numerous national and international bodies and is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, chancellor of The Catholic University of America, chairman of the board of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Foundation and also of The Papal Foundation. He serves on a number of Vatican Congregations, Councils and Commissions and has served as chairman of numerous committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

He is known for his teaching ministry and is involved in many education, health care and social service organizations. He is the author of numerous articles and over a dozen books, including the best-selling catechisms, “The Teaching of Christ” and “The Catholic Way.” His recent books include, “The Church” (2013), “The Light is On For You” (2014), “Open to the Holy Spirit: Living the Gospel with Wisdom and Power” (2014), “The Marriage God Wants for You” (2015), “To the Martyrs” (2015) and “Ways to Pray” (2015).

Cardinal Wuerl hosted in Washington Pope Benedict XVI in April 2008 and Pope Francis in September 2015 for their first pastoral visits to the United States. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received graduate degrees from The Catholic University of America, the Gregorian University in Rome and a doctorate in theology from the University of Saint Thomas in Rome. He was ordained a bishop by Pope John Paul II on Jan. 6, 1986, in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome. He served as Auxiliary Bishop in Seattle until 1987 and then as Bishop of Pittsburgh for 18 years until his appointment to Washington.

The speaker for the graduate ceremony is Dr. Diana Venskus, Professor of Physical Therapy.


Important Dates:

Grad Week Events

Friday, May 6, 2016

Interior Design Senior Show
6:00 pm
Gailhac first floor

Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday Sundae
4:00 pm - 6pm
Lee Center

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Virginia Beach Trip
7:00am - 9:00pm
Virginia Beach

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Champagne Toast with Faculty and Staff
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Main House

CGE Graduating Study Abroad Alumni Event
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Rowley Patio

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Gold Affair
9:00pm - 11:30pm
Clarendon Ballroom

Friday, May 13, 2016

Student Affairs Hospitality
10:00am - 4:00pm
Gerard Lobby/Lodge

University Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
5:00 pm
Verizon Gym

Saturday, May 14, 2016

International Family Reception
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Main House

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 15, 2016

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)