Summer Class 2022/Fall Class of 2022/Spring Class of 2023
Greetings Graduates and Future Graduates of Summer 2022, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023!
Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 10am
Commencement Ceremonies will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Point of Contact:
Graduating Class Administrator:
Dr. Trelaunda Beckett-Jones, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
Email: email@example.com, Tel: 202.274.6415 (office), 202.510.2180 (office cell—text messages can be received at this number).
Graduating Class Advisor:
Ms. Valerie Lewis-Taylor, Director, Student Life and Services
Email: Valerie.firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 202.274.7213
Graduating Class Meetings for the Class of 2022/2023
Final Class Meeting: April 19, 2023
Our last class meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 19th, 2023, 6:00 PM, Van Ness Campus, Student Center Ballroom, First Floor. A Zoom link will is available on the day of the meeting for those who will not be able to attend in person. Click here to view the flyer.
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Saturday, March 18th, 10:00 AM
Special Announcement for Commencement Regalia Order Deadline:
Deadlines to order regalia (cap, gown, hood, tassel) for the Spring 2023 Commencement:
Best Price Deadline: Wednesday, April 5th
Final Online Order Date: Monday, April 17th
Regalia can be ordered at
Deadline to Apply for Graduation
The deadline to apply for Spring 2023 graduation has passed.
Requirements for Guests attending UDC Commencement
- Tickets are required for admittance to the Commencement Hall.
- Guests must have their tickets. Children three and older will require a ticket. An adult must accompany children at all times.
Graduation Tickets and Pick-Up Schedule
Each participating graduate is allowed to receive 4 invitations and admit cards for guests to attend the commencement ceremony. Please be mindful that invitations are not the same as announcements. Invitations are specifically for those guests who will actually attend the commencement ceremony. Announcements can be ordered from Herff Jones directly and are for individuals who are not attending commencement. The invitation and ticket distribution will begin on Monday, May 1st, 11:00 AM-7:00 PM, Van Ness Campus, Student Life and Services Suite, Student Center, 1stFloor. Photo identification and signature is required upon invitation pick up.
Invitation Distribution Schedule
Invitations will be available for distribution according to the schedule below. Invitations may be picked up from the Van Ness Campus, Office of Student Life and Services, Student Center, First Floor. Photo identification and signature is required for invitation pick up.
Monday, May 1-Friday, May 5: 11:00 AM-7:00 PM
Monday, May 8 and Tuesday, May 9: 11:00 AM-7:00 PM
Wednesday, May 10: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM (Graduation Rehearsal at 5:00 PM)
Thursday, May 11: 11:00 AM-7:00 PM
Friday, May 12: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
University Honors Eligibility, Honor Cords and Name Cards:
Many graduates have inquired about the eligibility criteria to receive a University Honor. Please see attached document titled “Academic Awards Categories-Spring 2023”. For questions or additional information, please contact the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com. Honor cords and name cards (needed for commencement) may be picked up at the Office of the Registrar, Van Ness Campus, Building 39, A-Level. The Office of the Registrar is located in the Enrollment Services Suite.
Monday, May 1-Friday, May 12: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Wednesday, May 10: 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Saturday, May 13: Morning of Commencement at the Convention Center
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 have spent many years earning your degree, you can take 3-4 hours to honor 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.
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 http://www.earlhowardstudios.com/
Wednesday, March 22nd and Thursday, March 23rd from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.Van Ness Campus, Heritage Hall
Regalia/Cap and Gown
Get everything you need for graduation and save money with a Grad Pack! Herff Jones makes graduation easy with their custom Grad Packs that offer the products you need to graduate with the products you want. Visit the Graduation Packages page to view your package options and see how you can save money! You can also purchase your items separately by visiting each product page.
FOR BEST PRICES, please order by April 5, 2023, 11:59 pm. The last day to place your order is April 17, 2023. Please allow three weeks for shipping and receipt of regalia. We will send you the tracking details as soon as the order is shipped to the email you provided on your order.
Order Class Rings here.
Graduation Announcements and Tickets
Order Announcements and other products here.
Each participating graduate is allowed to receive 4 invitations and admit cards for guests to attend the commencement ceremony. Please be mindful that invitations are not the same as announcements. Invitations are specifically for those guests who will actually attend the commencement ceremony. Announcements can be ordered from Herff Jones directly and are for individuals who are not attending commencement. The invitation and ticket distribution will begin on Monday, May 1st, 11:00 AM-7:00 PM, Van Ness Campus, Student Life and Services Suite, Student Center, 1stFloor. A full schedule will be released on Wednesday, April 19th. Photo identification and signature is required upon invitation pick up.
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
Tiffany Cooper, Registrar firstname.lastname@example.org
Nakia Pugh, Associate Registrar email@example.com
David Garnett, firstname.lastname@example.org