Commencement | Deadlines for Graduates


September 18

Career Center Job and Internship Fair

November 1

May 2014 expected grads may submit graduation applications online at


Commencement Guide sent to students' permanent addresses

December 2

RSVP due for August and December 2013 Graduates Reception

December 6

August and December Graduates Reception, (for August and December 2013 graduates and guests; invitation only; RSVP required)

5-7 pm, graduating seniors, University Club, Mary Graydon Center

6-8 pm, master's and doctoral graduates, Katzen Arts Center

Late January

Nomination process begins for University Awards, including Student Achievement Awards, Scholarship and Service, and the President's Award


Schools and colleges begin student speaker selection process (contact your school's dean's office)

March 10

Orders for doctoral regalia purchases due in Registrar's Office


Online regalia order form is activated on for all students who are cleared to graduate by the Registrar's Office; Regalia postcard mailed to local addresses of cleared students (sent to permanent address of August/December graduates)

March 21

Student award nominations due

Late March

Career Center Job and Internship Fair

March 26-27

Graduation Fair, noon-6 pm, MGC Rooms 2 & 3

March 31

Deadline to submit Application to Graduate via

April 7

Deadline to submit cap and gown orders

May 7-10

Regalia distribution (with line-up instructions)

May 8

Senior Week Final Farewell

May 9

Commencement Weekend begins

10:30 am, Phi Beta Kappa Induction (invitation only)

2:00 pm, University Honors Program Convocation

5:30 pm, University and Student Achievement Awards Reception (invitation only)

7:00 pm, Baccalaureate Service

8:00 pm, Toast to Graduates

May 10

Commencement ceremonies

9:00 am, School of Communication

1:00 pm, Kogod School of Business

4:30 pm, School of International Service

May 11

Commencement ceremonies

9:00 am, School of Public Affairs

1:00 pm, College of Arts and Sciences

May 18

Commencement ceremony

1:00 pm, Washington College of Law

For additional information, see the Schedule of Events for Commencement Weekend.

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