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May Graduation - Washington DC

Graduation and Commencement Details for May

This commencement ceremony serves students who have completed academic requirements by the Dec or May graduation cycles. If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact the Registrar’s Office. Here, you’ll find all the information you’ll need to prepare for your commencement ceremony. Share this link with your family and loved ones who may have questions about where to go and what time the festivities begin.

Did You Apply for Graduation?

If you are planning on graduating in May, you must submit the Graduation Application by the deadline of February 1.


Have You Ordered Your Graduation Regalia?

Any one planning on participating in the May Commencement Ceremony must order your regalia by the deadline of March 28.


Commencement Date & Time

Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 10 a.m.

Speaker: Dr. Daniel Hyun

Watch the live broadcast of the ceremony on this date.

Ceremony Location

Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church
610 Rhode Island Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

Get directions

Graduation Events

Graduation Day Itinerary
  • 8:15 a.m. – Practice – required for all graduates
  • 9:15 a.m. – line up for Processional
  • 10:00 a.m. – Processional begins
Alumni Induction and Awards Luncheon

May 7, 2020 10:30 a.m.

Museum of the Bible
Federal Center SW Station
400 4th St. SW, Washington DC, 20024


Greenbelt students prepare for graduation

CHECKLIST – Am I ready for the Commencement Ceremony?

Before Ceremony Date – Have I…

  • Confirmed my participation in the ceremony, degree and regalia details via email?
  • Picked up my regalia (cap and gown)? (usually one week prior to ceremony)
  • Tried on gown for sizing and ironed it?
  • Packed dress clothes for the ceremony?
  • Packed Bible to carry with me in the ceremony?
  • Returned all books to the library?
  • Taken care of holds on campus, e.g. chapel fines, library fines, tuition payment, etc.?

If you have any questions about graduation or holds, please contact the Solution Center at 717.560.8254 or by email. The Solution Center is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday.

Graduation Items for Purchase

Diploma Frames through Bookends Bookstore or by emailing

Graduation Invitations  Order Here»

Frequently Asked Questions

Are tickets required for the commencement ceremony guests?

No. There is ample seating at this facility.

When and where do I pick up my cap and gown?

Your regalia may be picked up at the reception desk in TLC II beginning the week before the ceremony. If you are not able to pick it up early, we will have it available for you at the rehearsal. There are usually ironing stations set up to use that day, but the lines to use them are long. Ideally, you can pick up your robe by 7 pm on the Thursday before graduation or sooner.

What time is rehearsal?

Rehearsal is at 8:15 am and is required. Beyond preparing for the ceremony, this will be a time for announcements and other activities that will make your entire day of celebration go smoothly.

Am I required to attend rehearsal?

Yes. The rehearsal is also a time for announcements and other activities that will make your entire day of celebration go smoothly. Also, be advised that guests are asked not to spend the day with you, as the rehearsal, the briefing and luncheon is limited to the graduates and designated LBC staff.

What time is the ceremony?

The ceremony starts at 10 a.m., but students need to report for line-up at 9:15 a.m. The Processional will begin at 9:45 a.m. Guests will be allowed into the sanctuary an hour before the service.

Where can I find the live video stream link for the ceremony?

The live video stream link for the ceremony is accessible HERE on the day of the ceremony and will be archived on the Graduation page after the ceremony as well as LBC’s Youtube channel.

What should I wear to the ceremony?

Women should wear a dress or a skirt and blouse, and men should wear a dress shirt and tie. It is a formal occasion, so no sandals or flip-flops.

What is the GPA requirement for honors? When do I receive the honors?

Honors stoles will be given out at the awards event. The GPA range is: 3.50-3.74 for Cum Laude (red stole), 3.75-3.89 for Magna Cum Laude (white stole) or 3.90-4.00 for Summa Cum Laude (gold stole).

Will I keep my cap and gown? What do I need to return?

Only the rented robe needs to be returned after the ceremony. All other items given out during the day are yours to keep. When you pick up your packet of regalia, it should include your robe, your cap, a tassel with the graduation year, and where appropriate, the hood that marks your study area and degree level. Hoods are given for bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees.

Holds prevent me from receiving my actual diploma - How do I take care of a hold?

If you owe a fine at the library, if you have an academic requirement still to meet, or if you have a financial obligation related to tuition or fees, a hold is placed on your account. Holds prevent your diploma and transcripts from being released. To find out about any holds or to otherwise address them, please contact the Solution Center at 717.560.8254 or by email. The Solution Center is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday.

When will I get my diploma?

If you have no holds on your account, diplomas will be sent to you electronically on the day of graduation and then a hard copy will be mailed to you within a couple of weeks of the ceremony.

Which ceremony should I attend? Where? When?

The graduation cycles for all locations occur every December, May, and August.

WHERE – You would attend the ceremony that takes place at the hub for your studies. For example, if you are an Accelerated or graduate level student residing in the Washington, DC metro area, your “hub” is Greenbelt, MD. If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact your advisor or the Registrar’s Office.

WHEN – Typically, you would attend the ceremony that coincides with or follows your actual academic completion date, i.e. after your last academic requirements are met. In some cases, if completion is imminent, students may walk in the preceding ceremony and receive their diploma by mail once all is complete. Ceremony assignments for Greenbelt students are as follows:

  • May graduates walk in May.
  • August graduates may walk in preceding or following May ceremony.
  • December graduates would walk in following May ceremony or ask special permission to walk in the December ceremony in Lancaster.

If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

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