Graduates at Commencement

Frequently Asked Graduation Questions

2019 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 18, 2019

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?

    1. Yes, Wednesday, May 8, 2019
    2. We expect each graduate to attend rehearsal to hear important information regarding the ceremony.

Where will the graduation rehearsal be held?

    • Theater of the Arts (Building 46)

Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Location/Date/Time

When and where will the 2019 Commencement Ceremony be held?

  • 2019 Commencement Ceremony for the University of the District of Columbia will be held Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10am at the Walter A. Washington Convention Center located at 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW Washington, DC 20001

What time should I arrive at the Convention Center

  • You should arrive at 8:00am. You are arriving early so that the committee can get you lined up in the graduates staging area
  • You have time to go to the registration booth and get your name card and your diploma card
  • You have time to get your cap and gown on hood if required

How do I get my cap and gown for Graduation?

  • You order your cap and gown through the UDC Bookstore

Can I decorate my cap?

  • Yes
  • Sure: keep in mind the commencement ceremony is being taped

Please do not bring balloons into the Convention Center

Where should graduating students go and when should they get there?

  • You will report to Hall B called the University Village. Look for the signs at the convention center and proceed to registration check in.

How are the students lined up?

  • Students are lined up by their college or school and will walk in paired. Keep in mind, if you wish to sit next to each other, you must walk behind each other.
  • Children will not be allowed to sit in the seat with the graduate nor will children be allowed to accompany you on stage. Make arrangement with your family to keep your child or children with them

Can participants leave the ceremony early?

  • We request all graduates to remain in their seats until the end of the ceremony.
  • For those eligible to receive a diploma, these will be distributed on site and at the end of commencement.
  • At the registration booth on the day of commencement, graduates will receive two cards, one with their name on it—we ask the graduate to write his/her name phonetically on the card, so that the name caller will be able to pronounce your name correctly.
  • The second card will indicate your eligibility to pick up your diploma.

How do I wear my graduation regalia (cap and gown)?

  • One of our volunteers will help you get your cap and gown in place.

 UDC Honors Policy

Where do I get information about receiving honor cords?

  • Honor cords will be distributed at the Grand Finale. There will be a One Stop Center. The registrar’s office will command a table in this area to distribute the 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

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.

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?

  • Diploma will be distributed at the end of the ceremony to those graduates who have a white card that indicates your eligibility for your diploma.
  • Diploma will be distributed by Colleges or School in Hall B.
  • Hall B will be closed during the Commencement Ceremony and graduates will not be able to return to this area until the ceremony is over.

Guest Tickets & General Information

Are children required to have a ticket to attend the ceremony?

  • Yes

How do I get tickets? 

  • Tickets are distributed through the Student Success Office. You should contact Ms. Melinda Jennings or Dr. Letitia Williams for more information on tickets.

How many invitations will I receive?

  • You should contact Ms. Melinda Jennings or Dr. Letitia Williams for more information on invitations

Where and when should I pick up my name card for the commencement ceremony? 

  • You must pick up your name card at the registration booth on Saturday morning in Hall

What time do the doors open for general admission/guests?

  • Doors will open at 8:30am for general admission.
  • Doors will close at 9:45am to allow the procession. Your family will not be allowed in HALL C at 9:45 and will have to wait until everyone is seated and then will be allowed in HALL C.

Pictures & Graduation Video

Do I need to pre-register for graduation pictures?

  • You should contact Ms. Melinda Jennings or Dr. Letitia Williams for more information on graduation pictures.

May I approach the stage to take a picture?

  • We are not able to allow family to the stage to take pictures.  There is limited space and it is important that we keep the procession going smoothly.

How do I get my pictures that were taken during the ceremony?

  • You should contact Ms. Melinda Jennings or Dr. Letitia Williams for more information on graduation pictures.

Parking

  • Parking is limited in this neighborhood and ticketing is enforced. There are a few parking garages in the area. Please google parking near 801 Mt. Vernon—Convention Center
  • Metro is the best way to arrive and Hall B and C is near the L Street Entrance and the Metro is very close to this entrance.