Commencement Frequently Asked Questions
CUA's 2013 Commencement will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the University Mall in front of the east entrance to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
How long does the Commencement Ceremony last?
The length of the ceremony is approximately 1½ hours. Please note: the Commencement Ceremony is followed by the distribution of diploma ceremonies for individual schools.
Currently enrolled students who will receive degrees in May are to attend Commencement Exercises. One may be excused by the provost of the university for a serious or unforeseen reason. Students not currently enrolled who received their degrees earlier in the year (October, January) are not required to be present but are welcome to participate. It is recommended that those who graduated earlier in the year contact her/his school about their participation in the May exercises.
The ceremony is open to all graduates and families.
The Honors Convocation is for University Honors participants, Honors Society Members and students receiving special university honors. Honorees will receive individual invitations.
Every attempt will be made to hold the Commencement Ceremony outdoors. However, in the event of severe inclement weather, an announcement will be posted on the university Web site after 8 a.m. the morning of May 17, 2014.
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Visitors are advised that on-campus parking is very limited in areas near the Commencement sites. Parking is available in the outlying areas of campus, limited primarily to the Marist and O'Boyle Hall parking lots, the DuFour Athletic Center parking lot, the University Parking Garage (that can be accessed from John McCormack Road), and street parking along both Harewood and John McCormack roads. Limited parking may also be available in the parking lot for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Harewood Road. Guests may also choose to travel to Commencement activities and events via Metrorail to the Brookland/CUA stop on the Red Line.
CUA is committed to promoting the full participation of all individuals with disabilities in the Honors Convocation, Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Exercises. Handicap parking is available on campus in designated locations; a state-issued license plate or placard is required. All ceremonies have designated seating areas for persons with mobility disabilities and for those who need interpreters or transcribers. Seating is available for the individual with the disability and one companion on a first-come, first-served basis. Should you or your guest need Commencement materials in an alternate format, such as enlarged print or Braille, or a sign language interpreter, please contact Disability Support Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-319-5211 prior to Friday, May 3. For more information on disability access during Commencement weekend go to http://dss.cua.edu/news/Commencement.cfm
Guests may choose to travel to Commencement activities and events via Metrorail to the Brookland/CUA stop on the red line.
Photography is allowed during the Commencement events, however, we discourage guests from disrupting the ceremony or blocking the views of other guests.
Family members and guests are encouraged to dress comfortably for the weekend, taking the weather conditions into account. Most guests tend to dress up more (what might be worn to a religious service, for example) for the Baccalaureate Mass and the Commencement Exercises, but there is still a wide range of attire at those events. There are no formal expectations for what guests should wear during the weekend. Dress in layers, so that you're comfortable no matter what the temperature. Comfortable shoes are suggested. It is also suggested to bring appropriate outdoor accessories, such as sunscreen, a windbreaker and, rain gear. Parasols and umbrellas are not permitted. Graduating students may click here for information about appropriate attire.
Graduating students must check out of residence halls by noon on Sunday, May 19.
Except for service aids, pets are not allowed.
We suggest you reserve that celebration for your post-Commencement meal or party.
Yes. The main Commencement Ceremony will be broadcast via streaming video into the Pryzbyla Center Food Court.
Department of Public Safety Officers, ushers and volunteers will be available on campus to assist guests and answer questions.
There are restroom facilities available in the following nearby campus buildings: McMahon Hall, Shahan Hall and McGivney Hall.
Contact the office of the Vice President for University Relations at 202-319-5100 if you have other questions concerning Commencement activities.