Graduation Information

Commencement Ceremony Information

Application for Graduation

Download your Application for Graduation (PDF).

  • Students file an application to graduate for Summer, Fall or Spring at the beginning of their final semester of study, preferably in the first month of the semester. This triggers a review of the student's academic record (or 'degree audit') to determine whether or not it is possible for the student to complete degree requirements at the end of that term.

  • Graduation Registration Period - consult the Records Services Office for deadline information at (202)274-4080.

  • Only after application for graduation has been made can the Office of the Registrar begin processing the necessary information for final certification of graduation. Students who fail to complete all degree requirements by the end of the term for which they applied to graduate must reapply to graduate in a later term.

Eligibility to Attend Commencement

The university grants degrees at the end of each Summer, Fall and Spring term. A commencement ceremony is held once during the year, in mid-May, to recognize degrees awarded the preceding Summer and Fall, and for students completing their degrees in the Spring.

The university strictly enforces the policy for attending commencement. Students planning to graduate at a particular time are responsible for maintaining an appropriate course load and completing degree requirements in time to be eligible for their targeted graduation.