Graduates at Commencement

Frequently Asked Graduation Questions

2017 University of the District of Columbia Commencement Activities

Application for Graduation

  • When was the last day to apply for graduation? – The last day to apply for graduation was January 27, 2017

Accessibility

  • Is there special seating for those with disabilities? Yes for the Graduates
  • Is there special seating for my family members with special needs? – Yes

Rehearsal

  • Is there a graduation practice before the ceremony? – Yes
  • When and where will the graduation rehearsal be held? – Thursday, May 11, 2017 – 5:00 PM, Van Ness Campus, Sports Complex (gym)

Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Location/Date/Time

  • When and where will the 2017 Commencement Ceremony be held?
    • 2017 Commencement Ceremony for the University of the District of Columbia will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10am at the Walter A. Washington Convention Center Hall C – located at 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW Washington, DC 20001
  • What time should I arrive at the Convention Center
    • You should arrive at 8:30am. You are arriving early so that the committee can get you lined up in the graduates staging area
    • You have time to get your cap and gown on
    • You have time to visit to listen to short speeches by alumus
  • How do I get my cap and gown for Graduation? –Regalia Pick Up and Purchase Schedule:The Van Ness Campus Bookstore will be open during the following dates and times for regalia pick up and purchase:Regular business hours-Monday, April 24-Friday, May 5, 2017 Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM-6:00 PMFriday: 9:00 AM-3:00 PMSpecial business hours-Monday, May 8-Friday, May 12, 2017

    Monday, May 8-9:00 AM-6:00 PM

    Tuesday, May 9-Thursday, May 11-9:00 AM-7:00 PM

    Friday, May 12-9:00 AM-3:00 PM

  • Can I decorate my cap? – Yes
  • Where should graduating students go and when should they get there? – Hall C
  • How are the students lined up? – According to schools
  • Can participants leave the ceremony early? – No
  • How do I wear my graduation regalia (cap and gown)?

 

UDC Honors policy

To graduate with honors, an undergraduate student enrolled in a baccalaureate program must have received 60% (72 hours) of the credits earned for graduation at the University of the District of Columbia.

To graduate with honors, an undergraduate student enrolled in an associated degree program must have received 60% (36 hours) of the credits earned for graduation at the University of the District of Columbia.

  • Where do I get information about receiving honor cords?
    • There three categories of honors
      • Summa Cum Laude 3.8 or above in all hours attempted
      • Magna Cum Laude 3.6 in all hours attempted
  • Cum Laude 3.30 in all hours attempted
  • Honors for the Associate degree 3.30 in all hours attempted
  • I am transfer student, why am I not able to receive honors from the University of the District of Columbia? See UDC Honors policy above.

Diploma

  • When will I get my diploma?

Guest Tickets & General Information

  • Are children required to have a ticket to attend the ceremony?
  • How do I get tickets? Invitation Distribution (each graduate can receive 6 invitations)Location: Van Ness Campus, Student Center, Tower Lounge (located behind Information Desk), Level B Monday, May 1 – Wednesday, May 10: 11 AM-6:00 PM Thursday, May 11:  11 AM-4:00 PM; after commencement rehearsal – Friday, May 12: 11 AM-6:00 PM
  • How many invitations will I receive? 6
  • Where and when should I pick up my name card for the commencement ceremony? Wednesday, May 10-Friday, 12: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM; extended hours on May 11th after commencement rehearsal Location: Van Ness Campus, Office of the Registrar, Building 39, A-Level
  • What time do the doors open for general admission/guests? 9am

Pictures & Graduation Video

  • Do I need to pre-register for graduation pictures? No – Cap and gown pictures can be taken until May 12, 2017 at Earl Howard Studios, 2528 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC, 20020. A $15.00 sitting fee is required. Cash and card payments are acceptable. For appointments, contact Earl Howard Studios, 202.582-1100.
  • May I approach the stage to take a picture? – No
  • How do I get my pictures that were taken during the ceremony?