CommencementFrequently 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
, 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.
Tickets for the Graduate Ceremony
will be mailed the week of April 13th. 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 Development, Gerard Hall Room 1028. For questions regarding tickets for the undergraduate ceremony please contact the Office of Student Development 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.
What side of the street will my school be on?
C Street - Health Professions and School of Business
D Street - Arts & Sciences and School of Education
C Street - School of Education and Arts & Sciences
D Street - Health Professions and School of Business
Which School walks in first?
Health Professions 1st
Business School 2nd
Arts & Science 2nd
School of Education 3rd
Health Professions 3rd
Arts & Science 4th
School of Business 4th
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.
Seating Chart - Undergraduate and Graduate ceremonies below.