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Graduation Central

Dear Seniors, as you prepare for your graduation please note the following:


  • Student regalia distribution begins Tuesday, April 25 in the WAU Bookstore
  • Regalia cannot be charged to your Account


  • Financial Clearance must be completed to ensure zero balance as required by April 14, 2017.
  • Graduation fees are not refundable (Typically runs around $300)
  • Preferred method of payment is credit card

Tickets - Admissions to Sunday Commencement Ceremony

  • 7 Tickets per Graduate and remaining tickets dispersed at the Show Place Arena - first come, first served.
  • Traditional Students can pick up their 7 tickets in Accounting and SGPS Students at the SGPS Office starting Monday, April 24 - Thursday, April 27 by 4:00pm.
  • Ticket Distribution to the Public will begin immediately after the Senior Class photo until 9:45am; any leftover tickets can be picked up at the Will Call Booth in the front lobby.

Graduation Details

April 27, 2017
REHEARSAL - Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church
6:00 p.m.

April 28, 2017
Consecration Service
8:00 p.m.
Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church
7700 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912

April 29, 2017
Baccalaureate Service
11:15 a.m.
Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church
7700 Flower Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912

April 30, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Show Place Arena
14900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

  • Senior Class Photo at 8:00am on front steps
  • Front Lobby opens at 8:30am; Doors to Arena will begin seating first for ADA needs at 8:45am
  • General Admission begins at 9:00am

As usual, the University will host its traditional commencement ceremony following the conclusion of the spring semester. Diplomas will also continue to be issued at the end of the summer session and the fall semester, although no ceremonies will take place at those times.

We will provide accommodations, aides, services, or barrier removal. Accommodations are provided upon request with advance notice to


School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.