On this page, you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about commencement.
COMMENCEMENT REGISTRATION QUESTIONS
Interested students who would like to participate in a ceremony must register for commencement 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.
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. Students pursuing certificate programs are NOT eligible to participate in commencement.
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. Your degree does NOT need to be conferred 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 emailed newsletter, please contact email@example.com.
Your diploma will not be issued until all of your degree requirements have been completed. Once you have satisfied all degree requirements, the Strayer University Records department will review your record for conferral. If conferral is approved, your diploma will be mailed to the home address on file. To make changes to your home address on file, you can reach out to your Academic Advisor or initiate an address change in iCampus.
Commencement is a ceremony and your diploma will not be issued until all of your degree requirements have been completed. Once you have satisfied all degree requirements, your record will be reviewed for conferral by Strayer University's Records department. This review and the degree conferral process are SEPARATE from registering to participate in a commencement ceremony. Degree conferral does NOT need to be approved in order to participate in commencement. A $150 degree conferral fee will be applied to your account when you register for your capstone course. *Note: This will be listed as a "Final Academic Requirements Evaluation" fee on your student ledger. If conferral is approved, your diploma will be mailed to the home address on file. To make changes to your home address on file, you can reach out to your Academic Advisor or initiate an address change in iCampus.
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.
Please contact your Academic Advisor to check the status of your diploma.
The name printed on your diploma will be the primary name that is listed on your student record. Please note, preferred names are not printed on diplomas.
Changes to primary names can be submitted through your Academic Advisor. Please note, some instances will require documentation to implement the change.
CAP AND GOWN QUESTIONS
After a student has registered for a commencement ceremony, students can order their cap and gown online through Jostens. Order your cap and gown by the deadlines to avoid late fees. Every graduate must wear the appropriate commencement attire in order to participate in an in-person commencement ceremony. For virtual commencement, caps and gowns are NOT required.
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) - $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.
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.
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 OR HONORS SCHOLAR CORD AND HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THESE ITEMS?
All degree candidates who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater are eligible to receive and wear a complimentary Strayer University honor medallion at the commencement ceremony. In addition, degree candidates who are honors scholars (see eligibility requirements here) are eligible to receive and wear a complimentary honors scholar cord at the commencement ceremony - coursework must be completed to be eligible. Honor medallions and honors scholar cords are NOT available online. For in-person commencement ceremonies, medallions and cords are ONLY available at the ceremony and can be obtained in the graduate line-up area. For virtual commencement ceremonies, medallions and cords will be mailed to eligible graduates prior to the ceremony.
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 read aloud during the name reading portion of the ceremony. 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 final GPA for your completed degree program and is printed on your diploma.
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.
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 listed 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. Purchasing information can be found in each link under the Awards & Honors section.
All eligible 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.
No, there is no commencement ceremony rehearsal. Ceremony instructions will be communicated to all graduates via email in the Graduating Student Newsletter.
Graduates and guests should arrive 40 minutes prior to the ceremony start time.
Each registered graduate may bring up to four guests to the in-person commencement ceremony. More information regarding their tickets will be provided via the graduating student newsletter. Guest seating is first-come, first-served.
Following the in-person ceremony, you will receive an email and/or mailing from GradImages containing your proofs. You can also see your proofs online when you type in your last name, school, and graduation year. Coordination of your purchase is made directly through GradImages and is optional. If you have questions, please contact GradImages customer service at (800) 261-2576 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com to ensure coordination.
Please visit the Guest Visa/Travel section and you will find area information under each ceremony location.
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.