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SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2021

Undergraduate Ceremony: 10:00 A.M. EDT
Graduate Ceremony: 3:00 P.M. EDT

To celebrate the accomplishments of Strayer University’s graduates during this unprecedented time, please join us for May Virtual Commencement on May 22, 2021. Although we cannot celebrate in-person, Virtual Commencement will uphold many of our commencement ceremony traditions while creating a unique and exciting experience for our graduates and their families and friends - including messages from University leaders, featured students and speakers, name reading, and more.


View 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremonies



Who is eligible to participate in Virtual Commencement?

You are eligible to participate in Virtual Commencement if you are within TWO courses of completing your degree.

Are the in-person ceremonies still taking place?

Following best practices and health protocols for social distancing and large gatherings, we have made the decision not to host an in-person commencement event prior to June 30, 2021. Decisions to host an in-person commencement later this year will be announced as soon as it’s available.

Can I still attend a future in-person ceremony if I participate in Virtual Commencement?

Yes! You are welcome to participate in an in-person ceremony regardless of whether you choose to attend Virtual Commencement.

Do I need to register for Virtual Commencement?

Yes, only those who register for May Virtual Commencement by the deadline date will be included. You will NOT be automatically added to the list.

Do I need to purchase a cap and gown for Virtual Commencement?

Purchasing a cap and gown is NOT required for Virtual Commencement, but you have the option to purchase through Jostens by the deadline date noted if you’d like to wear it for a photo to be shown during the virtual ceremony.

Do I have to submit a photo for Virtual Commencement?

A photo is encouraged to upload, but not required. In order to have the best presentation, the photo should be:

  • An individual photo - please no group photos or collages!
  • Professional-looking; wear your cap and gown, Strayer branded gear, or business casual attire
  • JPEG or PNG photo file ONLY
  • File size should NOT exceed 10MB
  • Please label your photo file as your FULL NAME before uploading to your registration.


Where do I view Virtual Commencement?

To view the May Virtual Commencement ceremony, please visit The undergraduate ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. EDT and the graduate ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 22, 2021.

Is this the only Virtual Commencement ceremony taking place for 2021 graduates?

We will hold a second Virtual Commencement ceremony in December 2021. Information regarding virtual or in-person ceremonies will be listed at as information becomes available.

Will I receive my diploma after commencement?

Commencement is a ceremony and your diploma will not be issued until all your degree requirements have been completed. Additional information can be found here

If I have questions about commencement, who should I contact?

For questions, please contact