Winter Class of 2019 / Spring Class of 2020

Greetings Graduating Class:

Point of Contact:

Students can contact Melinda Jennings – Graduating Class Advisor at, 202.274.6823, text her at 202.329-4211.

Hello Seniors!!

I will be hosting monthly Graduating Class Meetings to further prepare you for Commencement 2019. Please do your best attend. I will still send out agendas and newsletters to keep you in the loop if you cannot attend meetings. See the schedule below for more information.

Note: We will have meetings at both the Van Ness and 801 N. Capitol St. NE locations. Feel free to attend either based on your schedule, as the same information will be given.


Commencement FAQ’s

Who participates in Commencement?

The University of the District of Columbia has one commencement ceremony.  We currently do not have summer and fall commencements. Everyone who is graduating will be participating in one commencement on Saturday, May 9, 2020 regardless of the type of degree being received. That means, if you are receiving your Associate, Bachelor or Master degrees, you all will be graduating on the same day, at the same time.

Who do I speak to regarding completion status, credits and eligibility for Commencement?

If you have questions about the eligibility of receiving your degree, you have two options: 1) Track your progress via your MyUDC portal under the “student tab” and navigate the site to find out your progress. 2) Visit your academic or faculty advisor in person to verify your progress and completion.

How do I apply for Commencement?

See this >>link<< for step by step instructions or visit the Registrar at your respective campus. The last day to apply for graduation is January 17, 2020.

 Is there a fee to apply for Commencement?

Yes. The fee is $125 and it goes toward the processing and printing of your degree, degree book cover and announcements/invitations. You may pay this fee by having it applied to your student account, or you can pay in full with a credit or debit card via the portal. The last day to apply for graduation is January 17, 2020. This fee does not cover your cap and gown.

May I visit either campus (801 North Capitol NE or 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW) for future Earl Howard Pictures and Jostens Class Rings events?

Yes, the events are held at both locations for convenience. You may visit either location.  Jostens will offer discounts for graduates in person. Earl Howard usually requires a $20 sitting fee, to be paid directly to them. You may visit the studio on your own, at any time.

Earl Howard Studios

2528 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020

May I visit either campus (801 North Capitol NE or 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW) for future graduating class meetings?

Yes, the meeting are held both locations for convenience.

Am I responsible for paying for my regalia (cap, gown and hood), class rings and photos?

Yes, please budget for these out-of-pocket expenses. You must have regalia to participate in Commencement. Regalia prices can range from $100.00-$125.00, however, your cap and gown are yours to keep. Class rings and photos are an optional expense. While many students purchase these items for their personal use, it is not required.

Senior Class Meetings

Community College 801 North Capitol Street NE: Multipurpose Room 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Friday, February 14th

Friday, March 20th

Friday, April 10th

Van Ness Campus: Student Center, Heritage Hall |  11:00 am

Saturday, February 15th

Saturday, March 21st

Saturday, April 11th

Senior Class Pictures with Earl Howard Studios:


Jostens Class Ring Event

Jostens Class Ring Display: Special sale prices and interest-free payment plan available!

Commencement Rehearsal and Grad Finale

May 6th , UDC Theatre of the Arts, 5:00 pm

2020 Commencement

Saturday, May 9th , Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 10:00 am

Career Services First Destination Survey:

Complete your survey with the link below.

Contact the Office of Career Services by calling 202.274.6920 or emailing us at If you are still looking for a job or internship we highly suggest coming in for an appointment, our services are open for current students and alumni up to 2 years after graduation.

Commencement Regalia/Cap and Gown


UDC National Alumni Society (UDCNAS)