Gateway to Service… Engaging Minds… Transforming Lives

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


  • Student regalia distribution begins Tuesday, April 23 in the WAU Bookstore
  • Regalia cannot be charged to your Account


  • Financial Clearance must be completed to ensure zero balance as required by April 11, 2019.
  • 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 (Dates & Location TBA) and first come, first serve in front of the Arena entrance by WAU Staff on the day of the Commencement Ceremony.

Graduation Details

May 2, 2019 (Thursday)
REHEARSAL – Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church
6:00 p.m.

May 3, 2019 (Friday)
Consecration Service
7:30 p.m.
Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church
7700 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912

May 4, 2019 (Saturday)
Baccalaureate Service
11:15 a.m.
Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church
7700 Flower Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912

May 5, 2019 (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