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Student Development & Success

Main Office
Building 38, Room A-10 | phone202.274.5900 | phone

Frequently Called Numbers Student Handbook

Winter Class of 2015 / Spring Class of 2016

Greetings Seniors:

Regalia | Class Rings | Exit Survey | Senior Pictures | Contact the Advisor | Regalia Pick-Up

Point of Contact:

Students can contact Trelaunda Beckett - Senior Class Advisor at, 202.274.6415, text her at 202.510.2180.

For more information about the Commencement Ceremony click here.


To make a donation to the Class of 2016 - Click >>HERE<<.

Commencement 2016 Invitation Pick Up Schedule

Invitations and admit cards (6) for Commencement 2016 may be picked up from the Office of Student Life and Services, Van Ness Campus, Building 38, Room A-11 on the following dates and times:
Monday, May 2nd: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Tuesday, May 3rd-Thursday May 5th: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Friday, May 6th: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Monday, May 9th: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Tuesday, May 10th & Wednesday, May 11th: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Thursday, May 12th: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM; 5:00 PM-until (Commencement Rehearsal, Sports Complex—gym)
Friday, May 13th: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
*Photo ID and signature is required.

Our last class meeting will take place on Saturday, April 23rd , 10:00 AM, Van Ness Campus, Student Center, Heritage Hall, Level B. Updated class and commencement-related information will be provided at this meeting.

*Class Meeting scheduled for April 16th will NOT take place due to the Emancipation Day Holiday!

Cap and Gown Pictures

If you did not have the opportunity to take cap and gown pictures, you still have time to do so. You can take your cap and gown pictures at Earl Howard Studios until Saturday, April 30th!!!!

Earl Howard Studios
2528 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020
Tel: (202) 582-1100
Fax: (202) 582-0104

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
Saturday:12 Noon-4:00 PM

Sitting Fees: $10.00 for one pose and $15.00 for five poses. Cash, debit and credit card payments are acceptable. Caps and gowns for pictures will be provided to you.

Financial Aid Exit Counseling Session

If you received financial aid in the form of student loans during your matriculation at the University, please adhere to the schedule below regarding completing your exit counseling session. This is a mandatory requirement from the US Department of Education.

Exit Counseling for Spring/Summer Graduates****

Monday, April 18th through Friday, May 6

If you require additional information regarding the exit counseling session or have questions regarding financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid:
Contact Info
phone 202.274.5060 (Flagship) | phone202.274.6795 (CC) | fax202.274.6060

Office Hours
8:30-5:00 M-F

Class News:

Class Committees:
You still have time to join a class committee.  Listed below are the committees, committee chairs and their contact information.  If you would like to join a committee, please contact the committee chair.  Committee chairs will schedule meetings.


Class T-Shirt Committee: Chair-Tamara McCoy,

Senior Week Committee: Chair-Marlena Wright,

Class of 2015-2016 Alumni Committee: Chair-Bethany Ballew,; Co-Chair-Melodee Quick,

Class Gift Committee: Chair-Eric Pulley,

Class Gift:
The Votes Are In!!!  Thank you for participating in the Class Gift Survey.  The top two choices for a class gift was a scholarship from the class and a room in the Student Center for child care.  The class officers and the Class Gift Committee will be working with the University regarding the voted upon class gifts.  Stay tuned for additional information regarding class gift payment options.

Commencement Information:

Date: Saturday, May 14th, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall A

Invitations: Graduates participating in the Spring 2016 Commencement will be able to receive six (6) invitations.   Additional information will be provided in the coming weeks regarding invitation distribution (dates, times, locations, etc.).

Request for US Embassy Letter: If you are inviting international guests (individuals who reside outside of the US) to Commencement, please complete the Request for US Embassy Letter  Form (attached) and submit it to the Office of the Registrar (Van Ness Campus).

**Additional commencement information will be provided in the coming weeks.

Upcoming Class Events:

  • Grad Finale 2016: Wednesday, March 23rd and Thursday, March 24th , 10:00 AM-7:00 PM, Van Ness Campus, Student Center, Heritage Hall, Level B.  During this event, you will be able to order regalia (cap, gown, hood, tassel), take cap and gown pictures, order class rings and more!!  See attached March 2016 Class Newsletter and regalia price list for Grad Finale information.
  •  Earl Howard Studios Price Update for Grad Finale: The sitting fee of $10.00 is for four poses and $15.00 for eight poses.
  •  Last Class Meeting: Saturday, April 16th,  10:00 AM, Van Ness Campus, Student Center, Heritage Hall, Level B. 

*If you know of students who are not receiving my communication, please forward this email to them and ask them to send their email address to Ms. Beckett.  Communication from the class advisor is sent to students’ UDC email account.

Notes/Agenda Class Meetings

March 12, 2016

Novebmer 21, 2015

October 17, 2015

Senior Newsletter





Class Meeting - Saturday, April 23, 2016 @ 10am, Van Ness Campus, Student Center, Heritage Hall, Level B. 

Advisor:  Trelaunda Beckett, 202.274.6415,

Senior Pictures: Earl Howard Studios, 202.582.1100

Class Rings,, all rings sold on campus will be sold at a discount, rings ordered through the Jostensweb will not be sold at a discount. Jostens: UDC Site

Jostens Regalia

Prices subject to change

BACHELOR GOWNBDG$19.001.09$20.09
MASTER GOWNBDG$21.401.23$22.63
DOCTORAL GOWNBDG$29.201.68$30.88
BACHELOR HOODBDG$20.001.15$21.15
MASTER HOODBDG$22.451.29$23.74
DOCTORAL HOODBDG$27.701.59$29.29

Student Life and Services Survey please complete before March 31, 2015. Click here to complete survey.

Request for US Embassy Letter for Seniors

This form is for International Students who are inviting relatives to commencement from outside the US. The form needs to be completed and submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

Senior Graduation Checklist

Application for Graduation

Graduation Requirements

Regalia Purchase and Pick-Up

Pre-Orders (Orders made before March 25th)
Any student who placed their order by March 25th or at the Grad Fair in March, your pre-packaged orders will arrive soon. You will be notified when your orders have arrived and are available for pick up at your University Bookstore (Bldg. 39 A Level). Please be sure to present your receipt and school ID.

Orders after the Pre-Order Date of March 25th
For students who placed their orders by March 25th, you will beable to pick up regalia beginning Tuesday, April 12th at 12 noon.Members of the Bookstore staff will be set up near Heritage Hall in the new Student Center to distribute regalia. We will also help you assemble your graduation attire. Please be sure to present your receipt and school ID.

For students who haven’t place an order, please go to the bookstore to complete an order form and purchase your regalia items. Afterwards, take the form and receipt to the Student Center, and we will help you assemble your graduation attire. Please be sure to present your receipt and school ID.

Bookstore Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 9 am – 6 pm
Friday: 9 am – 3 pm

Regalia Distribution Schedule (Heritage Hall):
Week of April 11th:
Tuesday through Thursday: 12 pm – 6 pm
Friday: University closed for Emancipation Day

Week of April 18th:
Monday through Thursday: 12 pm – 6 pm
Friday: 11 am – 3 pm

Week of April 25th:
Monday through Thursday: 12 pm – 6 pm
Friday: 11 am – 3 pm

Cecile Thalley
Store Manager II

Tel: 202.274.5110 Ext: 5349 | Fax: 202.363.4767
Follett Higher Education Group
UDC Bookstore & UDC-CC Bookstore
University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW
Building 38 – Level A
Washington, DC 20008