Graduating Students

Commencement for the Class of 2024 will be held in-person on Saturday, April 27th, 2024, with a hooding ceremony for doctoral graduates on Friday, April 26, 2024.


You've been working hard, and graduation is just around the corner

Before you take your final tests and become an alumnus, be sure to familiarize yourself with the steps you'll need to take to graduate, like applying for graduation, completing degree programs, settling accounts and attending the commencement ceremony.

Graduation Requirements

Failure to complete these tasks may preclude you from one or more of the following: participating in the graduation ceremony, having your degree conferred and receiving your diploma. Please do not hesitate to fulfill these duties:

  1. Apply for graduation!
    1. Doctoral: It is strongly recommended that you apply for graduation upon entry into course DSR-950 – Dissertation Presentation and Oral Defense.
    2. Graduates: It is strongly recommended that you apply for graduation upon earning 24 credits.
    3. Undergraduates: It is strongly recommended that you apply for graduation upon earning 90 credits.
    4. Settle any outstanding accounts with the Business Office and Puente Library.
      • Undergraduate students, 301.369.2318
      • Graduate students, 301.369.2318
    5. Complete an exit interview with Financial Aid (financial aid students only).
    6. Complete the Graduating Student Surveys.

Graduation Information

For complete information about Graduation, including requirements, procedures, information about caps & gowns, announcements, commemorative keepsakes, and more, visit: Graduation Information | The Office of Registration and Records | Portal (

An in-person commencement at our campus in Laurel, Maryland will be hosted on Saturday, April 27, 2024 and the ceremony for the Class of 2024 takes place at 10 am.

A Hooding ceremony for Doctoral Graduates is Friday, April 26, 2024 at 4 p.m. in the Gudelsky Auditorium. Doctoral graduates should arrive no later than 3:00 p.m. with their regalia to the Puente Library to check in.

Graduating Student & Alumni Reception is Friday, April 26 at 6 p.m. RSVP here.

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