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.
If you are planning on graduating in May, you must submit the Graduation Application by the deadline of February 1.
Any one planning on participating in the May Commencement Ceremony must order your regalia by the deadline of March 28.
Commencement Speaker: TBA
Watch the live broadcast of the ceremony on this date.
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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 am-5 pm Monday-Thursday and 8 am-4 pm on Friday.
No. There is ample seating at this facility.
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.
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.
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.
The ceremony starts at 10 pm, but students need to report for line-up at 9:15 pm. The Processional will begin at 9:45 pm. Guests will be allowed into the sanctuary an hour before the service.
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.
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).
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.
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 am-5 pm Monday-Thursday, 8 am-4 pm on Friday.
If you have met all academic requirements and have no holds on your account, you will be able to pick up your diploma directly after the ceremony, as you turn in your robe. Otherwise, diplomas will be shipped to you at the address given in your Application for Graduation, once the holds are cleared.
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:
If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact the Registrar’s Office.