FAQ

On this page, you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about commencement.

 

COMMENCEMENT REGISTRATION QUESTIONS

What do i need to do to attend a commencement ceremony?

Interested students who would like to participate in a ceremony must register for commencement, note your 6-digit confirmation number and order your cap and gown before the deadlines. Associate, bachelor’s, master’s and JWMI students are eligible to participate in commencement if you are within TWO courses of completing your degree at the time of the ceremony - this does NOT include courses you are already enrolled in at the time of the ceremony. 

How do i know when i'm eligible to participate in a commencement ceremony?

Associate, bachelor’s, master’s and JWMI students are eligible to participate in commencement if you are within TWO courses of completing your degree at the time of the ceremony - this does NOT include courses you are already enrolled in at the time of the ceremony. Students pursuing certificate programs are NOT eligible to participate in commencement.

My degree was conferred but I have not received information about the commencement ceremony. Why?

Degree conferral is SEPARATE from registering to participate in a commencement ceremony. Please register for a commencement ceremony by the deadline date.

Is there a fee to participate in a commencement ceremony?

No, there is no fee required to participate in a commencement ceremony. There is a $150 Final Academic Requirements Evaluation Fee, which will be applied to your account when you register for your capstone course. However, this fee is SEPARATE from participating in a commencement ceremony. Degree conferral does NOT need to be approved in order to participate in a commencement ceremony.

I registered to participate in a commencement ceremony, and ordered my cap and gown. What are the next steps?

More detailed ceremony and arrival information will be sent to all registered graduates via email in the Graduating Student Newsletter 4 weeks before the ceremony. If you do not receive the email version of the newsletter, please contact commencement@strayer.edu. The newsletter and your name card will be sent via US postal mail to the address you included on your registration one week before the ceremony.

DIPLOMA QUESTIONS

What do i need to do to receive my diploma?

Diplomas are NOT provided at commencement. The Final Academic Requirements Evaluation will be completed in your final term of enrollment, during the term when you complete the capstone course. The $150 Final Academic Requirements Evaluation Fee will be applied to your account when you register for your capstone course.

I'm not interested in participating in a commencement ceremony. How do i receive my diploma?

Diplomas are NOT provided at commencement. The Final Academic Requirements Evaluation will be completed in your final term of enrollment, during the term when you complete the capstone course. The $150 Final Academic Requirements Evaluation Fee will be applied to your account when you register for your capstone course.

What does the $150 Final Academic Requirements Evaluation Fee cover?

The $150 Final Academic Requirements Evaluation Fee covers the cost of your official transcript evaluation, and will be applied to your account when you register for your capstone course. This fee is NOT a fee to participate in a commencement ceremony. Every student who is seeking a diploma from Strayer University must pay this fee regardless of whether or not they will be participating in the commencement ceremony. Students applying for a certificate will be charged a $25 evaluation fee.

I have not received my diploma. Who should i contact?

Please contact your Student Success Coach. They can submit a request with the Registrar's Office to check into the status of your diploma.

How can I change the way my name appears on my diploma?

Please contact your home campus Busines Office to update your primary name in Strayer's system. The Registrar's Office prints names on diplomas however your primary name appears in Strayer's system.

CAP AND GOWN QUESTIONS

How do i purchase my cap and gown for the commencement ceremony?

After a student has registered for a commencement ceremony, students should order their cap and gown online through Herff Jones (ordering link provided on home page). When ordering your cap and gown, you must provide the 6-digit commencement confirmation number given to you during commencement registration. Order your cap and gown through Herff Jones by the deadlines to avoid late fees. Every graduate must wear the appropriate commencement attire in order to participate in a commencement ceremony.

Do I have to pay for my cap and gown?

Yes. All students are required to pay for their own cap and gown. Prices for ordering your cap and gown are shown below.
Associate (black gown, black cap & tassel) - $34.00
Bachelor's (cap, gown, tassel & stole of gratitude) - $52.00
Master's (cap, gown, tassel & hood) - $55.00
*Prices above do not include shipping fees and sales tax.

Does it matter what i wear under my cap and gown?

There is no official dress code for the ceremony, however, most graduates choose to wear business casual attire. All gowns will hit between the knees and mid-calf. To ensure you receive the most attractive photos while crossing the stage, we recommend that men wear long pants with dark colored dress shoes and women wear either pants or a skirt/dress with dark colored dress shoes.

Can I decorate my cap?

Yes! Graduates are welcome to decorate the top of their caps for the ceremonies.

HONORS DESIGNATIONS AND HONOR SOCIETIES QUESTIONS

Where do i receive an honor medallion and how do i know if i am eligible to receive an honor medallion?

Associate, bachelor’s, master’s and JWMI candidates who maintain a GPA of 3.5 or greater are eligible to receive and wear a complimentary Strayer University honor medallion at the commencement ceremony. Honor medallions are ONLY available at the commencement ceremony and can be obtained in the graduate line-up area.

Which students receive honors designations and how do honors designations work at commencement?

Associate and bachelor's candidates whose grade point average is 3.5 or greater (at the time of the commencement ceremony) will have an honors designation printed on their name card below their name, which will be read aloud upon crossing the stage. Honors are as follows, cum laude 3.5-3.69, magna cum laude 3.7-3.89, summa cum laude 3.9-4.0. Honors designations are not listed in the commencement program. Your final honors designation is based on your completed degree program and is printed on your diploma.

Why don't master's students receive honors designations?

It is not traditional at the graduate school level for master's students to graduate with an honors designation. At Strayer University, and most other institutions, master's students do NOT have honors distinctions read aloud during the commencement ceremony nor are they printed on their diplomas.

What honor societies are recognized by Strayer University at commencement?

Strayer University recognizes seven national honor societies: Alpha Chi, Alpha Sigma Lambda, Delta Alpha Pi, Golden Key International Honour Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), Phi Theta Kappa, and The Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement (SCLA). Students who are members of these honor societies by the registration deadlines will be printed in the commencement program under their respective honor society. Honor society members are also encouraged to wear their respective honor society’s honor cords, medallions or stoles at commencement.

CEREMONY QUESTIONS

How do i know which commencement ceremony to attend?

Students are welcome to register and participate in any commencement ceremony; however, we've provided general guidelines of which campuses generally attend which graduation.

June 24, 2017, 3 p.m. - Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia
Suggested campus participation: Alexandria, Arlington, Loudoun, Manassas, and Woodbridge campuses; Maryland and Washington, D.C. campuses; JWMI; Online; Onsite programs.

July 29, 2017, 3 p.m. - Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina 
Suggested campus participation: North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia campuses; JWMI; Online; Onsite programs.

September 23, 2017, 10 a.m. - Infinite Energy Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Suggested campus participation: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas campuses; JWMI; Online; Onsite programs.

October 21, 2017, 10 a.m. - Scope Arena, Norfolk, Virginia
Suggested campus participation: Chesapeake, Chesterfield, Fredericksburg, Henrico, Morrisville, Newport News, Raleigh, and Virginia Beach; JWMI; Online; Onsite programs.

December 2, 2017, 3 p.m. - Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
Suggested campus participation: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. campuses; JWMI; Online; Onsite programs. 

How will I know if i'm included in the commencement ceremony program?

All students who register before the posted deadlines are included in the commencement ceremony program. The commencement program is only available at the commencement ceremony and is for registered students who are participating in the ceremony and their guests.

Is there a commencement ceremony rehearsal?

No, there is no commencement ceremony rehearsal. Processional instructions will be communicated to all graduates via email and postal mail in the Graduating Student Newsletter.

What time should graduates and guests arrive for the ceremony?

Graduates and guests should arrive 40 minutes prior to the ceremony start time.

Do my family and friends need tickets for a commencement ceremony?

No, tickets are not required for this event; graduates are welcome to bring as many guests as desired! Guest seating is first-come, first-served.

I have not received my photography from the commencement ceremony. Who should i contact?

Please contact Legacy Photographics directly with any questions related to your photos at 1.800.447.2550 or email info@legacyphoto.com.

GUEST INFORMATION

What accommodations are there if i have a disability or my guest has a disability?

Handicapped seating will be clearly marked in the guest seating area and is first come, first served. Please direct your guests to a seating usher for assistance. Graduates with disabilities should contact commencement@strayer.edu to ensure coordination.

My relatives are coming in from out of town and i need to find a place for them to stay.

Please visit the Guest Visa/Travel section and you will find area information under each ceremony location.

Can students request letters of invitation for family members living abroad to attend commencement?

We will provide students with letters of invitation to send to their family members living abroad to document the purpose of their travel to the United States. After completing the commencement registration steps, you should complete the Commencement Visa Letter Application which can be found under the Guest Visa/Travel section. Please allow 5-7 business days for the Events Team to process your request. The letter(s) will be sent directly to the U.S. home address you include on your application.

Can I order official Strayer graduation announcements to send to friends and family?

Yes, announcements can be ordered through the Herff Jones cap and gown ordering link.