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
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 www.herffjones.com/college/graduation 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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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, email@example.com or 972-721-5106, Neuhoff School of Ministry to Sheri Collier, firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-265-5814, Satish and Gupta Graduate College of Business to Tasheena Mullins,
email@example.com 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