Attention Graduates


Hello Everyone,


Please be advised that due to the forecast of inclement weather for Sunday, April 30 – our WAU 2023 Commencement Ceremony will be held in the WAU Gym with overflow viewing available in the Student Activity Center, WAU Dining Hall and the Worship Room in Halcyon Hall. For your convenience no password will be required on the WAU Visitor WIFI.

As a result of this change,  graduates will still arrive at 8 AM SHARP,  but will now gather in the Boyer Building lobby for their class picture and receive their participant name cards. Doors will open at 9:15 AM and the ceremony will begin at 10:00 AM SHARP.

No tickets will be required for any of the weekend’s events.

Note this reminder that your COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND 2023 – begins  April 28, 2023 with a special Consecration Service – followed by Sabbath morning’s Baccalaureate Service, April 29, 2023 and Commencement on Sunday, April 30, 2023.

Congratulations – We are so very proud of you and look forward to an Awesome Weekend!!!

RSVP for Commencement 2023 beginning February 1, 2023

All eligible students must complete the survey link sent by the Office of the Registrar to attend Commencement 2023 by February 28, 2023 (No exceptions). Filling out this survey is needed to participate in commencement. A formal confirmation of your RSVP will be sent by the Office of the Registrar. If you did not receive a confirmation, then you are ineligible to participate in commencement. 

 Financial Clearance deadline April 1, 2023

                                               Eligibility to participate in commencement. 

Financial Clearance for Potential Graduates & Exit Counseling

All potential graduates must have a zero balance to be deemed financially cleared to receive a diploma, order final transcripts, and participate in the commencement ceremony. Students MUST fill out the Exit Counseling if they received federal funds from Financial Aid see link provided here 

Student Financial Services must be completed for all students- or 301-891-4005  or

Student Accounts for all non-SGPS students (Zero Balance/Payment Plan)–  or 301-891-4210 or   

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS) Zero Balance/Payment Plan – Mr. Frank Scheib 301-891- 4090 or

Click here for form: EXIT COUNSELING FORM

    • There is a standing graduation fee of $85 (cost of diploma and administrative fees)
    • Plus, class dues of $275 – as determined by the senior class for activities and class gift
    • Preferred method of payment is credit card

Regalia Ordering

Ordering Regalia (Cap & Gown) – Herff Jones deadline March 2023

Please contact Mr. Lloyd Yutuc at or or 301-891-4477 regarding any questions regarding regalia.

To be able to pick up regalia for Commencement Weekend students must have met the following requirements:

  • Must be academically cleared
  • Must have RSVP’ d via the electronic survey by February 28, 2023
  • Must have a zero balance and have completed exit counseling by April 1, 2023
  • Note: Participating Students can pick up regalia from the Bookstore beginning on April 26, 2023.

All others who did not meet these requirements will be able to pick up their purchased regalia after commencement beginning May 1, 2023.

 Commencement Events 
                                                              Department of Medical Imaging                                                                 
                                                                                                  Pinning Ceremony                                                                                                     
                                                                    Wednesday, April 26, 6:00pm                                                                       
                                             Sligo Church Atrium                                                 
Honors College
Senior Dedication
Friday, April 28, 4:30pm
Office of Alumni Relations
Alumni Association Induction Ceremony
Friday, April 28, 6:00pm
Peters Music Center – Bingham Rehearsal Hall
Department of Nursing
Pinning Ceremony
Saturday, April 29, 4:00pm
*Sligo SDA Church 
Department of Religion
Senior Dedication
Saturday, April 29, 4:30pm
Richards Hall Chapel

COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND                     

April 27 – April 30, 2023

Download here:  WAU 2023 Commencement Weekend Program

Thursday, April 27, 2023 – 6:00pm

Friday, April 28, 2023 – 7:30pm
Sligo SDA Church 
*Please note that all eligible participants that have RSVP’d are to be in regalia 
Saturday, April 29, 2023 – 11:00 am
Sligo SDA Church
Sligo Church Youtube Page
Sunday, April 30, 2023 – 10:00am
WAU Campus
The live stream will be here on the WAU website!
  • 8:00am Arrival – Please ensure that you are on campus by 8:00am to ensure that you are present on time for all activities. You will be parking in the lot across from Sligo Church on Flower Ave. You MUST be in regalia in order to park in the lot. 
  • 8:30am Class Picture – Once you arrive, please make your way to the Ball Field for the class picture. You may be broken up into groups, so make sure to listen for directions. 
  • 9:00am Name Cards – After the class picture, please come to the front lobby of Wilkinson Hall to obtain your name card. These are in order alphabetically by last name. Please do not lose this card. This is what will be used to read your name from for the degree conferral. Once you receive your card, please go to the Dining Hall for lineup.
        • SASS GRADUATES line up in the Commuter Section of the Dining Hall
        • SHPSW GRADUATES line up in the Main Section of the Dining Hall
        • SGPS GRADUATES line up in the Ball Field Section of the Dining Hall
  • 9:45am – Once it is time to process CLASS OFFICERS & SHPSW GRADUATES will go first, followed by SASS & SGPS in that order. 
  • You will go down the stairs closest to the Dining Hall and exit through the side door to Wilkinson Hall.
  • From there, please take the diagonal sidewalk out to the sidewalk in front of Morrison Hall and STOP! You will hold here until directed otherwise.
  • 10:00am Commencement begins – Once the Presidential and Faculty Processional has finished, you will cross Flower Ave. straight ahead and pass the Veterans Bench and continue forward past the Gateway and down to about the middle of the next section of sidewalk.
        • Turn right into the lawn, and continue down the middle aisle of chairs; Class Officers & SHPSW Graduates file into the chairs to the left; SASS & SGPS file into the chairs to the right
        • Please stay standing once you’ve reached your seats and the program will commence from there
        • TIME FOR DIPLOMAS: Once we get to the time in the program for diplomas, Class Officers & SHPSW Graduates will exit their seats to the left and lineup at the steps to the stage first; SASS & SGPS to follow once called.
          • When you are in line, someone will be placing a numbered sticker on your Name Cards. Please do not get out of line once the sticker has been placed on your card. You must stay in place.
          • You will go up the stairs and hand your Name Card to the Reader
          • Once your name is read, you will proceed forward onto the stage to receive your diploma from the President. Once received, please stop, shake his hand and look out towards the field for your picture.
          • Then you will proceed down the stairs where Marshals will be present to direct you back to your seats
          • SGPS Masters Degree graduates, please ensure that you take your hoods off after the class picture as you will be hooded when you go to receive your diploma. Please have your hood over your LEFT ARM  with the colored portion facing towards your wrist.  
          • Alumni & SGPS Tables will be present for you to visit to receive a special gift before you take your seats
  • 12:00pm Commencement Ends: Once the program has finished, the Platform Guests as well as the Faculty, will line up along the sidewalk behind the Gateway to Service and escort you out. Marshals will direct you to stand and exit your seats from the back. 
  • 12:00pm The Bookstore will be available outside in the same parking lot for you and your families to purchase WAU Gear and snacks.


  • All graduates must park in the Flower/Carroll Ave. Parking lot. Any family members that will be attending the ceremony will park at designated locations. 
  • GRADUATE STUDENTS (Masters Degrees) will be hooded. Please make sure that your hood is draped over your left arm upon entering the stage
  • Public Restrooms will be located in the parking lot across from Wilkinson Hall for your use. Handicapped accessible bathrooms are located in the Wilkinson Hall lobby and Lower Level of Sligo Church (Please use Greenwood Ave. entrance. There is an elevator on the main floor.)
  • In case of rain, please ensure that you have an umbrella with you. 
  • Please wear comfortable shoes. You WILL be walking on the grass. So ladies, we implore you to wear flatter shoes and not heels.
  • PHOTOS: 2 – 5X7s of your Diploma photo and 1 – 8×10 of your Class Photo will be sent to your address a few weeks after Commencement.


Note: There will be a designated seating area on the WAU Commons for guests, family members, graduates, and faculty/staff.




Tickets are not needed for Commencement Weekend. Graduates may bring as many guests as possible. There will be a designated seating area for guests.

Graduates/Graduating Students must complete the following surveys:

Graduating Student Survey

Alumni Demographics & Future Plans Survey

                                              Graduation Forms:

(Out of Country) Invitation letterGraduation Invitation Letter Request Form

If you have family, friends, or loved ones who are out of the country and wants to travel for the commencement ceremony or pinning ceremony (Nursing students), you can request a letter that will be issued for them to apply for a visa to travel.

Final Transcript Requests – Transcript Request Form 

Transcripts verifying degree credentials will be available beginning Monday, May 22, 2023.

Transcripts cannot be picked up on the same day the request is submitted.

                                 Diploma Mailing – May 22, 2023

Diplomas will be mailed to each Graduate after verifying they have a zero balance and have completed the exit counseling. Please fill out the forms attached. 

Diploma Mailing Request Form

Letter From The Financial Aid Office – Exit Counseling


If you need to communicate with your class officers, please email them at:



Information Regarding Graduate NSLS Stoles
Please follow this link – – to order your NSLS Stoles as soon as possible.


Class Pictures – March 2023

The SA Yearbook Staff have provided the following link so you can schedule a convenient time to have your pictures taken for the yearbook.

For more information contact Office of Student Life/Student Association 301-891-4525.

Nearby Hotels

Courtyard by Marriott Silver Spring North/White Oak – 12521 Prosperity Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20904 – 301-680-6500

Sheraton Silver Spring – 8777 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD – 301-589-0800


This video from the Registrar’s Office has some helpful tips about how to wear your regalia. 

Previous Graduations:

WAU 2020 Commencement

WAU 2019 Commencement

WAU 2018 Commencement