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Commencement Details for APUS Faculty

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Ceremony Details

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Graduate Ceremony: 10:00 a.m.
Undergraduate Ceremony: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center | 201 Waterfront Street | National Harbor, Md.

For more information on all our events, visit our commencement itinerary.

Ceremony Participation

We hope you will join us at the beautiful Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. If you would like to attend and/or participate in the ceremony, you must register your attendance.

All deans and program directors are expected to participate in all commencement events on Friday and Saturday, and must register their attendance. All faculty who wish to attend must register their participation or attendance as a guest. 

Register by April 19, 2019

Faculty dressed in regalia at commencement 2015

Ceremony Attire

If you plan to process in the ceremony, you are required to wear academic regalia. Please purchase or rent regalia from Jostens if you don't own regalia. Orders must be placed by April 11, 2019 to avoid a rush fee.

Regalia Pick-Up:

  • Friday, May 10, 2019: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday, May 11, 2019: 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Regalia Return:

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019: by 6:00 p.m.

Room at the Gaylord National Hotel

Hotel Accommodations

Deans, program directors, and faculty directors do not need to book their hotel accommodations.

All other faculty planning to attend should book through the room block, which will open at the beginning of 2019, so check back for updates.

Note: Travel costs and hotel accommodations for full-time and part-time faculty will not be covered by APUS.

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding expenses, required attendance, accommodations (deans, program directors, and faculty directors only), or academic meetings, please contact

If you have questions regarding the ceremony, service event, alumni rally, welcome reception, or accommodations (non-required faculty) please contact