Fall Class of 2021/Spring Class of 2022

Greetings Graduates and Future Graduates of Fall 2021 and Spring 2022!

2022 UDC Commencement

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 10am

Commencement Ceremonies will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

801 Mount Vernon Place, NW

Washington, DC 20001

Commencement 2022

Point of Contact:

Students can contact Melinda Jennings – Graduating Class Advisor at melinda.jennings@udc.edu, 202.274.6823, text her at 202.329-4211.

Graduating Class Meetings for the Class of 2021/2022

All meetings start at 5 p.m.

Senior Class Meeting March 16, 2022 @ 5pm

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Canceled due to technical difficulties.  Next meeting TBA

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Deadline to Apply for Graduation

Fall Degrees: September 7, 2021

Spring Degrees: January 21, 2022

You may apply to graduate using your myUDC portal or by visiting the Registrar on campus; Bldg 39 A-Level, Rm 135.

COVID-19 Protocol for Commencement

All Commencement participants (including children three years of age and older) must be fully vaccinated (one shot from Johnson & Johnson; two shots from Pfizer or Moderna) and wear masks. KN95, N95, or KF94 are strongly encouraged. We will provide KN95 masks for UDC graduates, faculty, staff, and volunteers participating in Commencement. Graduates or guests exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend Commencement.

The following are additional requirements for UDC graduates and guests attending Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 14. These measures are subject to change.

  • The University will follow all current COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.
  • Doors to Commencement Hall will open at 9:00 am (one hour before) and close at 9:45 am (once the processional begins). Doors will reopen after the processional is complete.
  • Graduates who are cleared to participate will receive only four (4) general admission tickets.
  • Students, faculty, and staff participating in Commencement must wear regalia.
  • The ceremony will also be available via live stream on the Commencement website for all family and friends who cannot attend.

Requirements for UDC graduates participating in Commencement

  • Face masks are required.
  • All cleared graduates, including online program students, must have proof of vaccination on file via the Student Health Portal if they plan to attend in-person graduation.
  • UDC Graduates who do not have proof of vaccination will have the option to be tested onsite at the Washington Convention Center. Onsite testing will be provided for UDC students and employees only.
  • Testing will open from 8:00-9:30 am to ensure rapid test results can be read before the 10:00 am ceremony.
  • UDC students and employees with approved vaccination exemptions (religious or medical) must be tested onsite at the Washington Convention Center.
  • Testing will open from 8:00-9:30 am to ensure rapid test results can be read before the 10:00 am ceremony.

Requirements for Guests attending UDC Commencement

  • Face masks must be worn for all guests three years of age and older.
  • Tickets are required for admittance to Commencement Hall.
  • Guests must have their tickets. Children three and older will require a ticket. An adult must accompany children at all times.
  • All guests, age twelve and older, must be fully vaccinated prior to attending Commencement
  • Guests must have proof of vaccination via a digital copy of the vaccination or vaccine card.
  • If there is no proof of vaccination, guests must show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the ceremony (Wednesday, May 11).
  • Guests with a medical or religious exemption must show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the ceremony (Wednesday, May 11).
  • Unvaccinated guests with medical conditions are encouraged to view Commencement online via the commencement website.

Commencement Decorum

The graduation ceremony is a festive occasion, but also a formal academic event. The celebration manifests itself in the dress of the students and faculty adorned in academic regalia, and the joy and satisfaction of accomplishment. The ceremony is also marked by seriousness where the actual conferring of degrees signifies the hard work of everyone involved: students, faculty, administrators, and family. Because of the serious nature of the ceremony, students and their guests are expected to maintain a measure of decorum consistent with the occasion.

  • Expect to dedicate most of the day to your special day. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 am, with a run time of approximately 3 hours.
  • Graduates and their guests are expected to stay for the duration of the event.
  • All graduates are expected to attend the entire ceremony and to participate in both the processional and recessional.*
  • Plan any after Commencement events for after 2:00 pm.

You all have spent many years earning your degree, we can stand to spare 3-4 more hours of your achievement.

*Commencement begins with the academic procession. The audience is asked to rise as the procession enters and remain to standing until the platform party has taken its place.

*Commencement closes with the recessional. After the singing of the Alma Mater, the audience is asked to take their seats and remain seated for the retrieval of colors and the recessional of the platform party, faculty, and students.

We will be observing all DC Government mandates and recommendations as it pertains to COVID-19. Please prepare to bring a mask for Saturday’s Commencement Exercises.

Graduation Tickets and Pick-Up Schedule

  • All graduates will receive four (4) tickets and announcements for Commencement 2022. Additional tickets will not be given out, please plan accordingly.
  • In an effort to ensure all loved ones can see your accomplishments, Commencement will be live-streamed here: https://www.udc.edu/commencement/
  • Feel free to ask your peers if they are using all of their tickets. Tickets are free. No one is to sell or purchase tickets to Commencement
  • Students will be able to pick up tickets and announcements on the following dates:
    • Tuesday, April 26th – Thursday, April 28th Time 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, UDC Student Center, B02
    • Tuesday, May 3rd – Thursday, May 5th Time 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, UDC Student Center, B02
    • Wednesday, May 11th at Grad Finale 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, UDC Student Center

In an effort to expedite your ticket and announcement pick-up, please download the Digital ID by Presence. This app provides digital information that is taken directly from Banner contains a QR code and your N number. A number of graduates do not have a UDC ID and while a driver’s license is fine, it does not reflect you as a UDC student.

Download and install the app prior to your ticket pick up. You will need access to your UDC email address in order to finish the installation. Follow the instructions on-screen.

IPhone Users; Apple Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/digital-id-by-presence/id969108511

Android Users; Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.checkimhere.digitalid&hl=en_US&gl=US

If you are unable to download and install the app, please bring your UDC ID or driver’s license.

Senior Class Pictures with Earl Howard Studios:

Earl Howard Studios is the University’s photographer. They will be on campus throughout the spring semester as an option for graduates to take pictures or you can schedule on your own time. Pictures are an out-of-pocket, optional expense. You do not have to use this photographer, but the University offers this option as a courtesy. You may review the package options and schedule appointments at www.earlhowardstudios.com

On-Campus Days

Tuesday, March 15th and Wednesday, March 16th from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.Wednesday, May 11th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

UDC Graduating Class Pictures and Class Rings Image

Regalia/Cap and Gown

Order Deadline(s):

  • Round 1 Deadline: 04/14/2022 11:59 pm
  • Round 2 Deadline: 04/26/2022 11:59 pm

The above cutoff dates are for students to receive a discount.  If ordering by April 14th they will receive a 10% discount.  If orders are placed after the 14th, no discount will be given, but items will be received by graduation.

Graduation Packages (under the “Graduation Package” tab ) include: Announcements, Thank You Notes, Envelope Seals, Cap, Gown, Tassel and Stole starting at 198.36.

Cap and Gown (“Cap and Gown” tab) allows you to purchase regalia both in package and a la carte form. Prices begin at 64.98.

Class Rings

On-Campus Days

Tuesday, March 15th and Wednesday, March 16th from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.

Wednesday, May 11th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Save the Date Cap and Gown Sale

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Graduation Announcements and Tickets

Each graduate will receive four (4) tickets and announcements. All tickets and announcements will be distributed in late April.

Graduates needing to invite international guests, must fill out the Embassy Request Form. Please visit the link below.


Graduate Exit Surveys

First Destination Survey (FDS)

The First Destination Survey (FDS) is part of your graduation exit activities at the university. The FDS powered by Handshake is a brief 2-3 minute survey that engages graduating students and recent college graduates in telling the university about your career plans prior to graduation and your career success after graduation. You may complete the survey during the semester in which you will graduate. Also, you will be resurveyed for a status update at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after graduation. In the survey, you will answer quick questions about your current status regarding a job, internship, graduate school, still looking, and more. Once you complete the survey, you will be put into a drawing for prizes such as electronics, gift cards, university paraphernalia, and etc.


Financial Aid Exit Counseling for Spring Graduates

Required of all students who have borrowed Federal Student Loans while attending UDC.

Monday, April 18th – Friday, May 6th

Student Resources


  • Enrollment Verification Requests
  • Academic Transcript Requests
  • Change of Address
  • Name Change
  • Process Graduation Applications
  • FERPA Release Submission
  • Change of major



*202.274.6200 (Discontinued During Emergency Telework Period)

Tiffany Cooper, Registrar tecooper@udc.edu

Nakia Pugh, Associate Registrar nakia.pugh@udc.edu

Student Accounts 

  • Payment Plan
  • Administer Student Refunds
  • Removes Health Insurance Waiver
  • Removes Follett All Access Fee
  • Issues Student Billing Statements
  • Third-Party Agency Billing



David Garnett, dgarnett@udc.edu