Summer Class 2022/Fall Class of 2022/Spring Class of 2023

Greetings Graduates and Future Graduates of Summer 2022, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023!

2023 UDC Commencement

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

Commencement 2023

Point of Contact:

Graduating Class Administrator:

Dr. Trelaunda Beckett-Jones, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
Email:, 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:, Tel: 202.274.7213

Graduating Class Meetings for the Class of 2022/2023

All meetings start at 10 a.m.

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 17
Regalia can be ordered at

Deadline to Apply for Graduation

The deadline to apply for Spring 2023 graduation has passed.

2023 Grad Fair - March 22 and March 23

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.

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 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.

Graduation Tickets and Pick-Up Schedule

Information coming soon

Important Documents to Review

Academic Calendar

Course Catalog

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

On-Campus Days

Wednesday, March 22nd and Thursday, March 23rd from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.Van Ness Campus, Heritage Hall

Cap and Gown Pictures March 22 & 23, 2023

Regalia/Cap and Gown

Herf Jones - Everything you need for graduationGet 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 here.

Class Rings

Order Class Rings here.



Graduation Announcements and Tickets

Order Announcements and other products here.

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



Tiffany Cooper, Registrar

Nakia Pugh, Associate Registrar

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,