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Congratulations, Class of 2018!

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Commencement 2018

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018

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

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

Who's Eligible: Graduates from the Aug. 15, 2017, Nov. 15, 2017, Feb. 15, 2018, and May 15, 2018 conferrals

Registration: Invitations are emailed to eligible graduates. If you did not receive an invitation, or need your invitation resent, please contact

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, June 1. We encourage you to participate in all the activities and view the complete itinerary.

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 Resort. We hope to see you there!  Learn more.

Gaylord National Harbor


Legacy Photographics will be onsite at the Gaylord National Resort on Friday, June 1 and Saturday June 2 providing individual portrait sessions. Bring your cap, gown, and your best smile! A mirror, faux diploma, and other graduation accessories will be available to use during your session.

Click here to book your appointment today!

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 graduates' order will also come with 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.

Members of recognized honor societies should purchase their honor society attire directly from the organization. Learn more about student organization regalia, or email with questions.

Group of graduates processing into the ceremony

A Look Back

Last year, we welcomed nearly 9,000 individuals to our 2017 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?

Interested in learning more about how you can earn a trip to Commencement? Check out our Commencement Virtual Attendee Page for more details and to submit your entry today!

Also, get more information about private and military ceremonies, and watch the ceremony live on June 2, 2018.


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