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Student Preparation

Student Preparation for Commencement

Degree and Diploma Requirements

The Commencement ceremony is held annually in May for all undergraduates, and graduate degree recipients of the Braniff Graduate School, Neuhoff School of Ministry, and Satish and Gupta Graduate College of Business. Students who have completed all degree requirements in August or December are also eligible to participate in the May ceremony.

Before Commencement, all students need to check their account status on BannerWeb to see if they are free of all holds (financial or other).  Diplomas and final transcripts will only be issued to students whose accounts are free of all holds.  The Business Office, Office of Financial Aid, or the Registrar's Office can also provide students with information about any outstanding obligations on their account.  

Undergraduate Students

Students declare themselves Bachelor's degree candidates and their intention to participate in the May Commencement ceremony by completing a formal degree plan and application for degree. It is the student's responsibility to verify that all graduation requirements as published in the University bulletin have been met. As an aid to verifying their status, students must complete an official degree plan review and degree application form within a calendar year of their expected graduation date.


Seniors planning to graduate in May are required to purchase graduation regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) for $24.95 from Herff Jones at by Friday, April 17, 2020.   Please note: cap and gown are worn at Convocation on Thursday, May 7th.

Seniors may also purchase graduation announcements and diploma frames on the Herff Jones link.

Tuesday, February 25th & Wednesday, February 26th -  8 AM to 7 PM

Seniors are required to come to the Registrar’s Office (1st floor, Cardinal Farrell Hall) on Feb. 25th  or Feb. 26th, between the hours of 8 AM – 7 PM to verify that they have applied to graduate May 2020.


At this time, the Registrar Office will also update parent contact information for graduation communication and have seniors correctly pronounce their names for Convocation & Commencement speakers.


If you cannot attend on February 25th or 26th, please stop by the Registrar’s Office after those dates (M-F, 8 AM-4 PM) or contact Paula Brown at to confirm you have applied for May 2020 graduation.


If you are within two courses of graduating and wish to participate in May 2020 graduation, contact Dr. David Andrews, Associate Dean of Constantin College, for approval.


If you are enrolling in a May Term or other Summer courses, you will be moved to the August 2020 graduation. 


  • Josten’s will be available Tuesday, March 3rd & Wednesday, March 4th in Haggar Building’s Foyer if you would like to order a UD ring.


Dates Seniors Need to Know:


Thursday, May 7th:  Convocation, 3:30 p.m., Church of the Incarnation (Seniors wear cap & gown)



Saturday, May 16th:  Departmental Receptions, between 1:00 & 5:00 p.m., various locations on campus

                                      Baccalaureate Mass, 6:00 p.m. - Location: Maher Athletic Center



Sunday May 17th:  Commencement for all graduating students at 10:00 a.m. at the Theatre of Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Pl, Grand Prairie, TX 75050.

  • Constantin College
  • Braniff Graduate School
  • Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business
  • Neuhoff School of Ministry


Graduating students must arrive for check-in at 8:00 a.m.  Students will be subject to a metal-detector screening before entering the theatre. 

More details regarding graduation will be communicated to Seniors as we approach the big day, May 17th.

We look forward to a wonderful 2020 Commencement celebration!

Graduate Students

Master's or Doctoral degree candidates planning to participate in the May Commencement ceremony must submit a graduation petition to the appropriate graduate office. Questions about degree requirements in the Braniff Graduate School should be directed to Beau Lyons, or 972-721-5106, Neuhoff School of Ministry to Sheri Collier, or 972-265-5814, Satish and Gupta Graduate College of Business to Tasheena Mullins,  or 972-721-5292

Order Cap and Gown

Undergraduate and graduate students order their own cap, gown, and tassel online directly through Herff Jones. Items will be shipped directly to an address of your choosing. You may want to have yours shipped directly to your UD mailbox to ensure you have received in time for Convocation (May 7) and the Graduation Ceremony (May 17). The University is providing a keepsake hood, which will be distributed upon check-in on the morning of commencement. 

Undergraduate seniors will be wearing their caps and gowns to Convocation on May 9.  Please make sure to place your order in time. The last day to order your cap and gown is Friday, April 17, 2020.

Click here to purchase your cap and gown

Order Printed Formal Graduation Announcements

Click here to order formal graduation announcements



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