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.


2020 Commencement

Commencement 2020 has been postponed until December. We will be having Fall Commencement capturing students from Summer and Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer and Fall 2020. While we do not have a set date, we’ve gauged the weeks of the 7th and 14th as possible opportunities to have commencement. Degrees will still be conferred on the original date of May 9th and mailed to the address on file at University. *I will let you know when a decision on the date has been made.*

Many of you have asked about Commencement tickets and if the amount of tickets received will fluctuate. We decide the number of tickets based on the number of people who are participating in Commencement. We do not have those numbers at the moment and will have to revisit the conversation in the fall.

*The University will be hosting a Graduating Class Virtual Salute on Saturday, May 9th at 10 am. All you have to do as the graduate, is visit or  to view. This is not a live webcast, so you are not expected nor required to be on screen. We are still having Fall Commencement, but we want to acknowledge your hard work as graduates on the intended day of Commencement.*

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Commencement FAQ’s

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.

Senior Class Meetings

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

Commencement Regalia/Cap and Gown

Show Me Your Walk HBCU Edition

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Event: #ShowMeYourWalk: HBCU Edition, Presented by JP Morgan Chase

Time: 2:00 pm EDT to 4:00 pm EDT

How to Join: Essence Live StreamHBCU Connect Facebook

Featured Guests: President Barack Obama, Kevin Hart (Host), Thasundra Brown Duckett, Wyclef Jean, Mellody Hobson, Omari Hardwick, and MANY more! (see microsite for full list)

Event Description: Like most academic institutions across the country, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been forced to cancel or postpone commencement ceremonies due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result of this, JPMorgan Chase is supporting “Show Me Your Walk HBCU Edition,” a virtual commencement ceremony on May 16 that will celebrate the achievements of more than 27,000 HBCU students from 78 schools. JPMorgan Chase is supporting this effort through its Advancing Black Pathways initiative, which was created to help black communities close historical achievement gaps in three key areas: wealth creation, educational outcomes and career success to complete their bachelor’s degree. During the event, HBCUs will raise funds to support students because research shows they must often overcome significant socioeconomic challenges to complete bachelor’s degrees.


Saturday, May 16, 2020

Event: #HBCUGradParty with DJ D-Nice, Powered by MoetHennessyUSA

Time: 9:00 pm EDT to 11:00 pm EDT

How to Join: Instagram Live (@dnice)

Featured Guests: Nas, ASAP Ferg

Event Description: To celebrate those that will miss the milestone of graduation this year, Hennessy and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) are proud to sponsor D-Nice’s official after-party for the National HBCU Commencement Celebration on May 16th.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Event: HBCU Cookout, Powered by Facebook

Time: 12:00 pm EDT

How to Join:

Event Description: The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), Paul Quinn College, and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) will continue the celebration of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with the “HBCU Cookout” hosted by All Def and Watch The Yard. Powered by Facebook, the HBCU Cookout will be an epic party for the culture and closeout to a fantastic weekend of #Graduation2020 celebrating #HBCUgrad2020.

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