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Eligibility Requirements

Associate, bachelor's, master's and JWMI graduates, and students who are within two courses of degree completion at the time of the ceremony, are eligible to participate in a commencement ceremony. Only those registered for a ceremony by the deadline date noted will be able to participate in the ceremony.

Eligible graduates have the option to participate in a future commencement ceremony since there isn't a time limit for when graduates walk. Eligible graduates may also participate in both a virtual and in-person ceremony as long as they're registered for each ceremony separately.

If you have specific questions about commencement or your eligibility to participate in a ceremony, please contact our commencement team or visit the FAQs section.

The 2023 commencement schedule will be announced in January 2023.


December Virtual Commencement

Dec. 3, 2022

December Virtual Commencement

10:00 AM ET - All Degree Candidates

Registration Deadline: October 28, 2022

Cap & Gown Deadline (Optional): September 16, 2022

Photo Upload Deadline (Optional): October 28, 2022

NOTE: Ordering a cap & gown and uploading a photo are NOT required for virtual commencement! If you choose to submit a photo, you may wear a cap & gown, Strayer branded gear, or business casual attire. If you would like to wear a cap & gown for your photo, you will need to order from Jostens by the deadline noted above.


Commencement attire

Order your cap and gown online

  • Graduates participating in an in-person ceremony are required to wear a cap and gown during the ceremony.
  • Graduates participating in virtual commencement are  required to purchase a cap and gown.

Health & safety protocols for in-person commencement

We will take every step possible to ensure the health and safety of all participants in the 2022 in-person commencement ceremony. For this reason, we are limiting the number of graduates who attend in person. Those registered by the deadline date noted, or once we’ve reached graduate capacity (whichever comes first) will be included in the in-person ceremony.

Additional requirements for graduates and guests include:

  • Each graduate will receive eight guest tickets to the ceremony. Lap children 5 & under do NOT need a ticket.
  • Masks will be optional for graduates and guests in all event spaces.

Commencement ceremonies may require heightened or less stringent COVID-19 protocols as determined by the University as well as state and local requirements that may be in place when commencement ceremonies are held. As we continue to monitor the public health situation and plan for commencement, we will post updates about plans and protocols for graduates and attendees.

Diplomas are not provided at commencement.

The Strayer University Records department will perform a Final Academic Requirements Evaluation and confer your degree once all requirements have been met. For more information visit the Diplomas or FAQs section.

For all questions related to diplomas, please contact your academic advisor.