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Information For Students

Find information below for students participating in the 2023-24 Commencement Ceremony. For any questions, contact the Commencement Committee.

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Application to Graduate Deadline

March 1 is the deadline to apply for graduation. Students who do not apply by March 1 will not be able to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

Click here to access the Application to Graduate. 

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Grad Fest & Regalia Pick-Up

*Required for all students participating in the Commencement Ceremony*

  • Time/Day: Thursday, April 11 between 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Event Center
  • Event Details:
    • Regalia Pick-Up
    • Ticket and Parking Pass Pick-Up
    • Raffle Prizes
    • Employer Networking
  • Requirements for Regalia, Ticket and Parking Pass Pick-Up:
    1. Complete an Application to Graduate by March 1. For questions, contact the Registrar’s Office.
    2. Complete the Graduate Survey. For questions, contact Career Services.
    3. Cannot have any outstanding financial obligations to the College. For questions, contact the Business Office.
    4. Federal Student Loan borrowers need to complete Exit Counseling. For questions, contact the Financial Aid Office.
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Ticket and Parking Pass Information

  • Graduates will receive the following at Grad Fest:
    • 4 Tickets for entry to the Commencement Ceremony in the Gym
    • 1 Parking Pass for on-campus parking
  • Overflow Information:
    • Guests without tickets are welcome to watch the live-stream of the ceremony in the Event Center on Campus.
    • Guests without a parking pass are welcome to park at Faith Baptist Church where overflow parking and shuttle services to campus will be available.
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Ceremony Information

  • Day: Friday, May 3, 2024
  • Time: Begins at 10:45 AM and is estimated to end by Noon.
  • Location: Joseph West Jones Center Gymnasium
  • College’s Address: 4701 Limestone Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808
  • Overflow Parking Address: Faith Baptist Church, 4210 Limestone Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808
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What Time to Arrive / What to Wear

  • Doors open – 9:00 AM
  • Graduates need to check in by 10:00 AM.
  • Processional Begins – 10:30 AM
  • Ceremony Begins – 10:45 AM

Be sure to bring your regalia (so that you can participate in the processional) and staff at check-in will be available to assist you to make sure you are looking great!

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Caps & Cork Information

Stay tuned for more information!

Information For Guests

Find information for guests attending the 2023-2024 Commencement Ceremony. For further information, please see our FAQs.

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Ceremony Information

  • Day: Friday, May 3, 2024
  • Time: Begins at 10:45 AM and is estimated to end by Noon.
  • Location: Joseph West Jones Center Gymnasium
  • College’s Address: 4701 Limestone Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808
  • Overflow Parking Address: Faith Baptist Church, 4210 Limestone Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808
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Arrival and Parking Information

  • Arrival:
    • Doors open – 9:00 AM
    • Processional Begins – 10:30 AM
    • Ceremony Begins – 10:45 AM
  • Parking:
    • Guests with a parking pass to park on campus should use the Stoney Batter Road entrance and will be directed by Security upon arrival.
    • Guests without a parking pass to park on campus should arrive at our overflow parking location where shuttles will be provided.
    • Overflow parking address: Faith Baptist Church, 4210 Limestone Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808
  • Admission to the Ceremony:
    • Guests with a ticket will start being admitted to the Gymnasium in the Jones Center when doors open at 9:00 AM. Seating is general admission / not assigned.
    • Guests without a ticket can view the live stream of the Ceremony in the Event Center in the Jones Center. Seating is general admission and is first-come first-serve.

 

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What Not to Bring & Vendor Information

  • We ask that you do not bring air horns, balloons, or anything else that you think would be better suited for the afterparty. We’ll provide the celebration and the confetti!
  • Vendors and the Campus Store will be open on campus during the ceremony to purchase 2023-24 Commencement memorabilia.
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Live Stream Information

A link to the live stream will be available on this web page during the day of the Ceremony for guests who are not able to make it in person.

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Handicap Information

Guests who require Handicap seating and/or parking need to request accommodations from the Commencement Committee no later than April 15 by emailing [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

Photographers

Q: Is there an official photographer to capture when I walk across the stage?

A: Yes! Grad Images professional photographers will attend the event and will capture you walk across the stage. After the ceremony you will receive personalized information from Grad Images about purchasing your photo(s).

Guest Limit

Q: Is there a limit on how many family members/guests can attend the ceremony?

A: Yes. Each graduate receives 4 tickets and 1 parking pass.

International Students

Q: I am an international student and my parents/family want to attend the ceremony. Is there an invitation I can request for them to make the necessary arrangements?

A: Yes! Contact the Registrar’s Office for a Commencement Invitation Letter.

Diploma

Q: Do I receive my diploma during the Commencement Ceremony?

A: No. Your diploma will be mailed to you 2-3 weeks after your degree has been conferred. But, you will receive a diploma cover during the Commencement Ceremony.

Cap/Gown Pickup

Q: When and where do I pick up my cap and gown?

A: Grad Fest! Information on Grad Fest is located at the top of this page.

Cap/Gown Purchase

Q: Do I have to purchase my cap and gown ahead of Grad Fest?

A: No. The cost of your cap and gown is covered when you complete an Application to Graduate.

Oops, I missed Grad Fest…

Q: I missed Grad Fest, what happens now?

A: Contact the Registrar’s Office by Friday, April 26 to coordinate regalia, ticket and parking pass pick-up. The last day to pick up regalia, tickets, and parking passes is Friday, April 26. Day-of pickup on May 3 is not available. 

Commencement Rehearsal

Q: Is there a Commencement rehearsal/practice/walk through?

A: No. We’ll provide you with everything you need to know at Grad Fest and at Commencement Check-In on the 3rd!

Change of Heart?

Q: If I said on my Application to Graduate that I didn’t want to participate in Commencement, but now I do, can I?

A: Yes, but you need to contact the Registrar’s Office as soon as possible and no later than April 15 for us to make it possible.

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