Winter Class of 2017 / Spring Class of 2018

Greetings Graduating Class:

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Point of Contact:

Students can contact Trelaunda Beckett – Senior Class Advisor at tbeckett@udc.edu, 202.274.6415, text her at 202.510.2180.


Important Info

Congratulations Class of 2018! In preparation for your big day, please review the following information:

* Graduates must arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mt Vernon Place NW), through the L Street entrance. Graduates must arrive early to ensure that you are lined up by discipline within your college or school. It is important to be on time. Parking is extremely limited in residential areas surrounding the Convention Center. Please follow parking restrictions. Use of Metro and other public transportation is strongly encouraged. Please view the University Commencement website for additional information regarding Metro Track work: https://www.udc.edu/commencement

* We will begin the Commencement exercises on time, which is at 10:00 a.m., which means EVERYONE must be in place to begin the procession on time. If you arrive late, and the procession has begun, you will not be able to join the other members in your department or unit.

* You will need your name card that you obtained from the Office of the Registrar.

* All guests entering the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the ceremony must have an admit card (no exception). Each graduate was provided 7 admit cards. Based on the number of graduates, we do not have any additional admit cards to issue.

* Business attire and regalia (cap and gown) are required for Commencement. Please do not wear flip-flops, tennis shoes or other recreational shoes; these items are strictly forbidden. Your Commencement is an honored tradition and a special ceremony and therefore proper attire is required. In addition, the commencement ceremony is taped and it is very important to smile for the cameras. It is also important to note that regalia attire should be camera-ready as well (clean and nicely pressed).

* Commencement will take place in Hall C. All graduates are to report to the UDC Village, Hall B.

* Balloons, bull horns, air horns or other horns (i.e. musical instruments such as trumpets, saxophones, guitars, etc.), banners or signs of any size or kind are not allowed in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Food will not be allowed in Hall C.

* Please turn off pagers and cell phones during the ceremony. Vibrate ring status is acceptable.

* Please do not leave the floor prior to the recessional. It is important that everyone participates in the Commencement Ceremony and celebrates the academic success of all graduates. We celebrate you until the end of the ceremony. Your official graduation does not occur until you complete the UDC Official Alumni Oath.

* Pictures will only be allowed to be taken in designated areas.

* Once the ceremony is over, you can meet your family and friends in the Lobby of Hall C of the Convention Center.

* Evacuation from Hall C will be enforced immediately following the ceremony.

Congratulations on your achievement!!! We are proud of you!!!

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Metro Updates for Commencement Weekend

Metro Track WorkThere are a number of METRO service adjustments planned for Saturday, May 12.  Please review the Metro schedule below and plan your Commencement Day travel accordingly.  

UPDATE:

Weekend service adjustments Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13

Advisory Effective: 5/7/18 – 5/13/18

Here is a summary of Metrorail service changes for Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13 to allow for safety and maintenance work:

Highlights

  • Free shuttle buses replace Red Line trains between Van Ness and Dupont Circle.
  • Silver Line trains operate every 24 minute, Wiehle-Reston East to Ballston.
  • Orange and Blue line trains operate every 24 minutes.
  • Yellow Line trains operate every 15 minutes, Huntington to Mt Vernon Sq.
  • Green Line trains operate every 15 minutes.

Red Line 
Buses replace trains between Van Ness and Dupont Circle

Red Line trains will operate between Shady Grove & Van Ness and Dupont Circle & Glenmont every 10 minutes opening until 9:00 p.m. and every 15 minutes after 9:00 p.m.

Free shuttle buses will operate between Van Ness and Dupont Circle making intermediate stops at Cleveland Park, the National Zoo entrance and Woodley Park stations. Please allow 10 minutes of travel time for each station stop.

Stations closed: Cleveland Park and Woodley Park

Work performed: Track maintenance, joint elimination, rail and fastener renewal.

Tap your SmarTrip card each time you enter and exit the Metrorail system. Riders traveling through the work zone will be charged for a single, continuous trip.

This work will continue on the weekends of May 19-20 and May 26-27.


Orange Line 
Trains every 24 minutes

Single tracking between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory to allow for rail, fastener, cover board and grout pad renewal.


Silver Line 
Trains every 24 minutes, Wiehle-Reston East to Ballston

Silver Line trains will operate every 24 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only. Customers traveling to/from other stations should use Orange and/or Blue line trains to complete their trip. At Ballston, transfer between Silver and Orange line trains on the same platform.


Blue Line 
Trains every 24 minutes

Single tracking between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory to allow for rail, fastener, cover board and grout pad renewal.


Yellow Line 
Trains every 15 minutes, Huntington to Mt Vernon Sq only

Yellow Line trains will operate every 15 minutes between Huntington & Mt Vernon Sq to coordinate with rebuilding on the Blue and Green lines. Customers traveling to/from stations north of Mt Vernon Sq should use the Green Line to complete their trip.


Green Line
Trains every 15 minutes

Single tracking between Fort Totten and Prince George’s Plaza to allow for platform rehabilitation, rail and fastener renewal.


For more information:

Schedules, real-time train arrivals and station information are available at wmata.com. For assistance by phone, call Metro customer information at (202) 637-7000 [TTY 202-638-3780].

Congratulations to Ms. Shaunice Gaskins-Alston, the newly elected Class President!!!

Thank you to all those who attended the April 13 and April 14 Meetings.  Below is important information from our final class meeting.

Grad Finale  Pop-Up Shop

The Grad Finale Pop-Up Shop is your one-stop shop to pick up and purchase regalia (cap, gown, hood, tassel); take cap and gown pictures ($15.00 sitting fee required) and order class rings, announcements and much more!!!!  Stop by the University Van Ness Campus Bookstore on Monday, April 30, 11:00 AM-7:00 PM!!!  See you there!!!


Commencement 2018

Commencement 2018 will take place on Saturday, May 12, 201810:00 AM at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, Hall C, Washington, DC.  Graduates are requested to arrive no later than 8:30 AM, Hall B, UDC Village.  Doors will open at 9:00 AM for invited guests.  Invited guests must have an admit card.

Each graduate is allowed seven (7) invitations and admit cards to Commencement 2018.  Invitation distribution schedule is below.  Signature and photo identification is required.

Invitation Distribution Schedule (Van Ness Campus, Student Center)

Invitations:

Invitations will be distributed during the following dates and times. There are several changes.
Monday, May 7-Tuesday, May 8: 11:00 AM-7:00 PM, Student Center, Tower Lounge, Level B
Wednesday, May 9: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM, Student Center, Student Org. Suite, Level A (note the changed end time)
Thursday, May 10: 11:00 AM-7:00 PM, Student Center, Tower Lounge, Level B
Friday, May 11: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM, Student Development and Success Suite, Building 38, A-level, Information Desk (note the location change)

*Tower Lounge is located behind the Information Desk in the Student Center, Level B.

Commencement 2018 Rehearsal

Excited about your big day?  We are too!! Join Firebird Nation in the excitement of celebrating your success at commencement rehearsal. Commencement rehearsal will take place on Wednesday, May 9, 20185:00 PM, Van Ness Campus, Sports Complex.

Other Important Information

Financial Aid Exit Counseling Session: If you have student loans, you must complete the online counseling session by Friday, April 27th.  Visit studentloans.govSpring Exit Loan Counselin


Senior Class Gift:

TBA

Graduation Exit Survey:

Please complete the Graduation Exit Survey to tell us about your experience at the university. This survey will take the place of the SLS Exit Survey as noted on your graduation checklist.

Regalia (cap, gown, hood and tassel) Pick-up:

Name cards and university honor cords distribution:

 

Name Cards and Honor Cords will be distributed by the Office of the Registrar, Van Ness Campus, Building 39, A-Level, Suite A-135 during the following dates and times:

Monday, May 7-Wednesday, May 9: 8:30 AM-7:00 PM

Thursday, May 10-Friday, May 11: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

Degree Pick up:

*Special note from the class advisor:

**If you know of students who are not receiving communication, please forward this information to them and ask them to send their email address to Ms. Beckett.  Communication from the class advisor is sent to students via UDC.  Also,advise peers to check their junk or spam folder for emails.

***Information from the class meeting is also posted on the class website, www.udc.edu/student-life/graduating-seniors

****Commencement information is located at https://www.udc.edu/commencement/.


Graduation Exit Survey:

Please complete the Graduation Exit Survey to tell us about your experience at the university. This survey will take the place of the SLS Exit Survey as noted on your graduation checklist.

Final Examination Period:

The official final examination period for graduating seniors has begun!  Remember, grades are due online to the Office of the Registrar by May 2nd.  Good Luck!!!! You can do it!!!! Don’t forget to ESS: Eat, Sleep and Study!!!!

*If you know of students who are not receiving communication, please forward this information to them and ask them to send their email address to Ms. Beckett. Communication from the class advisor is sent to students via UDC.  Also,advise peers to check their junk or spam folder for emails.


Notes/Agenda Class Meetings

April 18, 2018

March 24, 2018

April 22, 2017

March 25, 2017 – Spring 2017 Exit Counseling Info

February 25, 2017

January 28, 2017

March 12, 2016

Novebmer 21, 2015

October 17, 2015

Senior Newsletter

4/14/18

3/24/18

4/22/17

3/25/17

2/25/2017

1/28/17

3/12/16

11/21/15

10/17/15


Advisor:  Trelaunda Beckett, 202.274.6415, tbeckett@udc.edu

Senior Pictures: Earl Howard Studios, 202.582.1100

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


Jostens Regalia

Regalia Prices – updated

Academic Hood Colors  – Click image to enlarge

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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