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Graduation Weekend 2015

Processional Conferring of Degree and Recessional Flow


  • Arrival to arena at 8:15 am; class picture taken at 8:30 am. The picture will be taken on the outside front steps of the arena. 
  • Immediately following the class picture graduates will line up in the North Tunnel in order of degree (Masters, Bachelors, and Associates) and assigned row for seating.
  • Graduates will enter the arena floor 2 by 2 through the center aisle. The Marshal will direct graduates down center aisle to their respective seating section and row.
  • Remain standing, facing the front of the stage once you enter your row and are in front of your seat. Remain standing until after the “Invocation.”

Conferring of degrees (begins with the Associate Degree)

  • Each row will be signaled by a Marshal when to rise. The entire graduate row will stand together and turn to their right. Graduates seated in the left section will cross the center aisle and proceed to the corresponding right row, following the row ahead toward the right side of the stage.
  • A line will form in the aisle. As each graduate is waiting to enter the platform they should hand their card to the usher for a number stamp and receive it back before proceeding up the platform steps where you will hand your card to the Dean .  (Wait for the Marshal to direct you up the steps).
  • Walk across the stage to receive your diploma (remember to secure the diploma case with your left hand, shake with your right hand and smile for the camera) then exit stage left.
  • After leaving the stage, turn to your left. Proceed up the aisle between the faculty and graduate seating area to your designated row. This time graduates originally sitting in the right section will travel across the center aisle to their seats. Remain standing until the Marshal directs the entire row to be seated.


  • The entire class will stand when the Recessional music begins playing (watch the Marshals for a signal). Platform Participants and Faculty will recess first led by the Grand Marshal. Marshals will then escort graduates out after the Grand Marshal, Platform Participants and Faculty recess.
  • The Graduate Receiving Line (Platform Participants and Faculty) will form at the entrance to the Gateway arch.
  • Graduates will recess through the receiving line into the North Tunnel and exit the arena.
  • Congratulations!!!!!  Go out and serve your communities as competent moral leaders!!!


Release of Blue Card Requirements:

  • Account balance must be zero. 
  • If student has received Subsidized / Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, student must complete an exit interview for those loans at
  • If student has received a Perkins Loan, student must complete an exit interview for those loans (See Student Financial Services for instructions).

Participants Schedule

Rules and Regulations for the Show Place Arena (SPA)

  1. No food or consumable packaged goods will be sold or distributed without permission of the SPA.
  2. No alcoholic beverages may be brought on sight or removed from the site by any organization or individual.
  3. No individuals will be permitted to enter the arena without a SPA ticket or WAU Special Access Pass.
  4. Balloons, posters, noisemakers are strictly prohibited from being brought into the arena area. Balloons may be checked at the “Will Call” booth in the main lobby and picked up after graduation is over.
  5. All concession booths in the arena will be closed.
  6. Handicap access is available and accessible prior to general seating (8:30 am). 1 (one) person is permitted to escort and sit near each person needing accommodations. No additional tickets are provided for escorts or persons needing assistance.
  7. All children over the age of 24 months will require a seat and a ticket.

NOW - April 23: (Thursday)

  • Financial Clearance/Form
    • Student Financial Services
    • EXIT Interview for Students with Federal Loans
      • SGPS Students – contact Ms. Viola Poey
  • 4/27 (Monday - Friday):
    • Ticket Pick Up (Accounting)
      • SGPS Students – contact Ms. Viola Poey


  • 4/29 (Wednesday): 
    • Blue Cards Available (Accounting)
      • SGPS Students – contact Ms. Viola Poey
  • 4/30 (Thursday)
    • 6:30 pm at Sligo SDA Church
    • Rehearsal (Add’tl Tickets/Blue Cards)

Please note:

  • Graduation financial clearance is open now through April 23.  Please see your financial advisor in Student Financial Services (or Viola Poey for SGPS students).
  • Do not wait until the 15th of April to start your financial clearance.
  • If you owe a balance to WAU and want to pay it off with an alternative loan, you need to apply for the loan no later than April 9 as the turnaround on the loan takes up to 10 days and you will not be cleared for graduation unless the loan has been approved.

“He who began this great work is faithful to complete it” …(Phil. 1:6)~

Housing for Graduates and Their Guests

Resident graduates are allowed three rooms for the weekend: their own room, one additional room (both free), and a third room for $25 per night. If a resident graduate has a sibling in the residence hall, that sibling will be permitted to stay at no charge and the room will be counted as the one additional room. Each room may have up to four people.

Off-campus graduates requesting accommodations will receive one free room; additional rooms are $25 per night. Each room may have up to four people.

  • Reservations requests need to be emailed to; verbal or phoned reservations will not be accepted.
  • Reservations are due by noon of April 24 and require the following information with your request for reservation:
  • Graduate's name/room number
  • Name of each guest
  • Check in/out time
  • Number of rooms requested


  • Please note that linens are not provided—guests will need to provide their own.
  • Payments for guest rooms are to be made at the Halcyon Hall front desk. Cash or check only (no credit cards or charges to student accounts). Receipts will be provided.  
  • Invoices for reservation requests will be emailed to the requester the week of April 26.
  • Checkout for graduates and guests is by noon on May 4th. After 12 noon, a late checkout charge of $75 will be assessed.
  • Failure to follow checkout procedures and/or improper use of the facilities may result in additional charges.

Adrienne D. Matthews, MS, CSDE
Interim Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Women
Washington Adventist University
301-891-4177, 4110- Office


 Time is running out!

Financial Clearance for graduation participants must be completed between the dates of April 15 – April 23, 2015. Seniors who have not obtained this approval by April 23, 2015 will not be able to participate in graduation services.

Order your Cap/Gown at the University Bookstore
Deadline to order is Monday, March 16, 2015

($25.00 Late fee will be added after March 17. Deadline for Late orders is April 15)
Visit or contact: Washington Adventist University Bookstore at (301) 891-4096

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce that it has secured The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD for its May 3, 2015 Commencement exercises. Friday night Consecration service, the Sabbath morning Baccalaureate, and other departmental ceremonies will continue on the WAU, Takoma Park campus.

Commencement weekend for the class of 2015 is May 1 – May 3, 2015.

Graduation Details

May 1, 2015
Consecration Service
8:00 p.m.
Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church
7700 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912

May 2, 2015
Baccalaureate Service
11:15 a.m.
Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church

May 3, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Show Place Arena
14900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

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.

Students who will be within six credits of completing their degrees at the conclusion of the Spring 2015 semester may petition to participate in this year’s commencement. All such petitions should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar no later than Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Tickets will be provided for the participants - more information to follow. 


2015 Graduation Accommodations

Please request any special accommodations needed for individuals with disabilities. The university will make all reasonable good faith efforts to provide accommodations, aides, services, or barrier removal. Accommodations are provided upon request with advance notice to