Graduation & Commencement

All graduating students must apply for graduation through Testudo.

The deadline to apply for Spring 2017 graduation is February 7, 2017. Once you have applied to graduate, your advisor will complete and file all of the subsequent paperwork with the Graduate School and the Office of the Registrar. Failure to meet the application deadline can result in additional semesters of enrollment.

The university requires that students must be registered in the semester in which they intend to graduate. For example, if you finished coursework in Fall 2016, but never applied to graduate,you must register for a course in the Spring 2017 term and pay all associated tuition and fees. If you have questions, schedule an appointment with your advisor.

All graduates are welcome and encouraged to participate in both university-wide and college-specific commencement ceremonies. Information about the university commencement can be found here

Spring Commencement

The College of Information Studies is pleased to invite you to our Spring Commencement ceremony! The ceremony will be held on Monday, May 22, from 2:30 - 4:30pm in the Dekelboum Concert Hall in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, with a reception immediately following in the Riggs Alumni Center. If you plan to attend the ceremony, the reception, or both, we kindly ask that you RSVP for this event by Wednesday, April 26, by clicking here. Please note that this ceremony is separate from the University's campus-wide ceremony, which takes place on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 1:00pm. More information about the campus-wide ceremony can be found here.



All university coursework requirements must be completed by the time of graduation. Your student account must be cleared with the university before your diploma will be mailed. This includes any outstanding Health Center charges, parking fines, library fines, tuition fees, etc. Check with the Office of the Bursar at 301.314.9000 to be sure that you have financial clearance.

Graduation Checklist

  • Apply for graduation. (The deadline to apply for Spring 2017 graduation is February 7, 2017.)
  • Settle your student financial account
  • Meet all university and program requirements. If you have questions about this, schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Update your address and email address on Testudo
  • Purchase your regalia from the University Book Center
  • Get involved with the iSchool Alumni Association
  • School Library Students must also fill out this Graduation Checklist and submit it to the Student Services Office.

Other Commencement Information

Ticketing & Seating

Tickets are generally required for university-wide ceremonies, but at this time, the iSchool does not use a ticketing system for our ceremony. Seating for the iSchool ceremony is not reserved, and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please be aware that all guests will be subject to a security check upon entry to the venue. 


With the exception of fire lanes and handicapped accessible parking locations, all campus parking is free on the days of commencement. The closest lots to both the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and the Riggs Alumni Center are Lot 1 (including 1b and 1d) and Lot Z. These lots can be located on B8 on the campus parking map. If you need handicapped parking, please contact the Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) at or 301-314-PARK. 


Graduates will receive a certificate at commencement, and will receive their diplomas through the mail roughly six weeks after commencement. Please note that diplomas will not be mailed out if a student has any incomplete or failing grades in courses required for their degree. Contact or 301-314-8270 for more information.


Full regalia must be worn at the University Commencement and can be purchased at the University Bookstore in Stamp Student Union. Pricing and additional information can be found here. All graduates participating in the iSchool commencement ceremony are strongly encouraged to wear full regalia.

Special Accommodations

If you or someone in your party would like to request special accommodations, please notify Jeff Waters at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is equipped with handicapped-accessible seating and ramps, and there is access for cars to get close to the front doors of the venue to drop off guests with difficulty walking long distances.