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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.

2023 Dates & Deadlines

Washington, D.C. Commencement

Jun. 24, 2023

Washington, D.C. Commencement

Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

10:00 A.M. ET - All Degree Candidates

Registration Deadline: May 19, 2023

Cap & Gown Deadline: May 19, 2023

GRADUATE & GUEST INFORMATION: We do NOT have a limit on graduate registrations and guest tickets are NOT required for the DC commencement ceremony; graduates are welcome to bring as many guests as desired.

Atlanta Commencement

Sept. 16, 2023

Atlanta Commencement

Gas South Arena, Duluth, GA

10:00 A.M. ET - All Degree Candidates

Registration Deadline: August 11, 2023

Cap & Gown Deadline: August 11, 2023

GRADUATE LIMIT: Due to venue restrictions, seating is limited to the first 1,000 REGISTERED GRADUATES. Registration will close once capacity is reached, or on August 11, 2023 - whichever comes first.

GUEST LIMIT: Due to venue restrictions, eight guest tickets will be given out per graduate. Lap children 5 & under do NOT need a ticket. 

December Virtual Commencement

Dec. 2, 2023

December Virtual Commencement

10:00 AM ET - All Degree Candidates

Registration Deadline: October 27, 2023

Cap & Gown Deadline (Optional): September 15, 2023

Photo Upload Deadline (Optional): October 27, 2023

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

Mask wearing is optional for in-person events. Commencement ceremonies may require heightened protocols as determined by the University as well as state and local requirements that may be in place when commencement ceremonies are held. We will keep graduates informed if there are changes to current protocols as we near commencement. 

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.