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While the pandemic still poses great challenges, we feel that the time is right to hold live, on-site commencement events for those who wish to participate in person.

In-Person Strayer University Commencement 2021

Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, MD

*Registration is full for the 10am and 3pm in-person ceremonies*

All Strayer University graduates, including those who participated in a 2020 or 2021 virtual ceremony, as well as Strayer University students within two courses of degree completion.

Health and safety
We will take every step possible to ensure the health and safety of all participants in the 2021 in-person commencement. For this reason, we are limiting the number of graduates who attend in person

Additional requirements for graduates and guests include:

  • Attending students will be required to provide signed waivers. 
  • Students may bring up to four guests, who must pre-register and must also provide signed waivers.
  • Masks and social distancing will be required in all event spaces.
  • Beginning 10.4.21, Strayer is mandating an additional safety measure that each graduate and guest (ages 2 and up) must show proof of a negative PCR COVID test taken within 72 hours prior to the start of the commencement ceremony, or evidence of full vaccination. 

*An email will be sent closer to commencement detailing how vaccination/PCR test documentation and waivers may be submitted.

Future events may require more or less strict requirements, depending on the protocols determined by the university and state and local restrictions.

As we continue to monitor the national health situation and plan for commencement, we will post updates about plans and protocols for students and graduates who wish to attend.

Virtual ceremonies
We will continue to offer virtual ceremonies for those graduates who prefer not to travel. Our next virtual event will take place in conjunction with the in-person commencement on Dec. 4, 2021, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

We also look forward to livestreaming in-person events for guests who prefer a virtual experience or who are unable to attend.

2022 ceremonies
Our plans for in-person commencements in 2022 are still being finalized. Check back here for the latest updates, or email our commencement team if you have any questions.

We look forward to welcoming our graduates in Baltimore, whether in person or virtually.


Dec. 04


In-Person Commencement • Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, MD • 10.00 AM

Registration Deadline : Friday, October 29, 2021

Dec. 04


In-Person Commencement • Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, MD • 3.00 PM

Registration Deadline : Friday, October 29, 2021

Dec. 04


Virtual Commencement • Online • 3.00 PM

Registration Deadline : Friday, October 29, 2021

In-person commencement is limited to the first 500 registrations per ceremony.

Cap & Gown Ordering Deadlines:
Virtual commencement (optional)
: Friday, September 17
In-Person commencement: Friday, October 29

Optional: If you would like to order a cap and gown for a photo to be shown during the virtual commencement ceremony, you should  order your cap and gown by Friday, September 17. You may also wear Strayer branded gear or business attire for your photo. Submitting a photo is optional, and should be uploaded to your registration by Friday, October 29.


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.


Associate (black gown, black cap & tassel) - $38.00
Bachelor's (cap, gown, tassel & stole of gratitude) - $56.00
Master's (cap, gown, tassel & hood) - $57.00

*Prices above do not include shipping fees and sales tax.

Graduation packages, announcements, rings, diploma frames and more are also available to purchase through the cap and gown ordering link!

*If you already purchased your cap and gown for a 2020 in-person commencement ceremony that was cancelled, you may wear it to a future ceremony. If you are participating in virtual commencement, then we encourage you to wear it for a photo that you can upload to your registration, which will be shown during virtual commencement. If you’d like to return your cap and gown, please contact Jostens directly at 1-800-854-7464. Full refunds will be given for unopened packages.


If you do not order your cap and gown online by the deadline noted, you can still order online by choosing the "Student Not Attending" option. Please be advised that Jostens requires a 5-week lead time for shipping. For in-person ceremonies, you also have the option to purchase the day of the ceremony in the graduate area when doors open. Late fees will be incurred.

For all questions related to caps and gowns, please contact Jostens directly at 1-800-854-7464.