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Congratulations, Class of 2017!

Commencement 2016

Commencement 2017

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017

Time: 10 a.m. Graduate (Master's) Ceremony 
|  3 p.m. Undergraduate (Bachelor's and Associate) Ceremony

Location: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center | 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Md.

Who's Eligible: Graduates from the Aug. 15, 2016, Nov. 15, 2016, Feb. 15, 2017, and May 15, 2017 conferrals

Registration: Invitations will be sent to eligible graduates via email starting in January.

What to Expect at Commencement

Here is a sneak peek of what you can expect during commencement weekend. Whether you’re starting your academic journey, you’re a seasoned student working hard toward the finish line, or if you’re about to take that walk across the stage, this section will get you pumped for commencement.


Commencement weekend starts Friday morning at the Gaylord, and is full of planned festivities. In addition to the Saturday commencement ceremonies, we'll hold a service event, alumni rally, and welcome reception on Friday, May 12. We encourage you to participate in all the activities and view the complete itinerary.

Gaylord National Harbor

Plan Your Trip

Get all the information you need to enjoy your trip to the Washington, D.C. area and the National Harbor, including information on reduced room rates at the Gaylord Hotel. We hope to see you there!  Learn more.

Group of graduates wearing regalia

Regalia and Graduation Accessories

All graduates are responsible for ordering their cap, gown, and university tassel prior to the ceremony. Master's graduates should also order a hood. In addition, consider our quality announcements, class rings, and diploma framing options, and show your school spirit with a large selection of university gear. Learn more.

Group of graduates processing into the ceremony

A Look Back

Last year, we welcomed nearly 9,000 individuals to our 2016 commencement celebration. Wondering what this looks like? View the photo gallery and videos taken during the weekend festivities.

Group of graduates at a personal ceremony

Unable to Attend?

Get more information on how you can celebrate your achievement from a distance and watch the ceremony live.


Note: There is a big difference between commencement and graduation. There are also important instructions and deadlines that you will need to meet as you prepare to complete your program. Please review the graduation process in your student handbook prior to making plans for commencement.

Have Questions? Call: 877-755-2787 |  Email