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Graduation Central

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


  • Regalia cannot be charged to your Account


  • Financial Clearance must be completed to ensure zero balance as required by April 13, 2018.
  • Graduation fees are not refundable (Typically runs around $300)
  • Preferred method of payment is credit card

Tickets ONLY needed for admissions to the Sunday Commencement Ceremony

  • Ticket distribution process: All Seniors participating will receive 7 tickets prior (Dates & Location TBA) and first come, first serve in front of the Arena entrance by WAU Staff on the day of the Commencement Ceremony.

2018 Graduation Details (Note: Spring semester ends April 26, 2018)

May 3, 2018 (Thursday)
REHEARSAL - Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church
6:00 p.m.

May 4, 2018 (Friday)
Consecration Service
7:30 p.m.
Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church
7700 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912

May 5, 2018 (Saturday)
Baccalaureate Service
11:15 a.m.
Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church
7700 Flower Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912

May 6, 2018 (Sunday)
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Show Place Arena
14900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

  • 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 Fitzroy Thomas at the Betty Howard Center for Student Success at


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.