Walden University is proud to celebrate its 59th Commencement Ceremony.

Watch it live now!

We hope that you will join us on Saturday, January 20, 2018, for Walden’s 59th Commencement Ceremony. It will take place at the Tampa Convention Center, in Tampa, Florida. If you are not able to attend in person, please join us for all of the excitement by tuning in to the live stream of the ceremony. Enjoy these special moments!

COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Thursday, Jan. 18
Road trip Nation: The Degree of Impact Premier
7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 19

Saturday, January 20 – COMMENCEMENT DAY!

Graduate Check-In
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Graduate Check-In
6:30–9 a.m.
Jostens (Cap and Gowns) 
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Jostens (Cap and Gowns)
7 a.m.–2 p.m.
Walden Gear
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Graduate Portraits
7–8:30 a.m.

12:30–2 p.m.
Graduate Portraits
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Walden Gear
7 a.m.–2 p.m.
Professional Headshots
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Doors for Commencement Ceremony Open at 8:30 a.m.
Graduate Line-Up (Graduates Only)
9–10 a.m.
Commencement Ceremony
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Sigma Theta Tau Phi Nu Celebration*
12:30–2:30 p.m.
*invite only
Grad Celebration
12:30–2:30 p.m.
Grad Photos
12:30–2 p.m.
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony (Doctoral Grads and Guests)
2:30–4:30 p.m.

 

GRADUATE INFORMATION  

Check back for important updates to the schedule, keynote speaker, and other details.

Location

Treasure awaits in Tampa Bay! Once the world’s Cigar Capital, Tampa Bay is a vibrant region that takes pride in its rich cultural heritage. Visitors can enjoy delicious cuisine, serene river excursions, thrilling attractions, and exceptional shopping. Explore by land, air, or sea—adventure awaits in Tampa Bay.

New Graduates Registration

Invitations to register for winter commencement will be sent on a weekly basis via email to new graduates whose degrees are conferred by December 8, 2017. Please send an email to graduation@mail.waldenu.edu if you have completed your classes but have not yet received a degree conferral email.

Please note, there is a one-time fee of $250 to be paid online with a credit card when you register.

Travel

Walden has arranged for discounted transportation from the Tampa International Airport (TPA) to the graduate hotels through Blue One Transportation for $11 per person (one way).

Simply call the hotline when your plane lands and follow the map to the Shuttle Pickup Area.

Housing

Tamp Convention Center

Walden has secured housing blocks at a number of downtown Tampa hotels. Learn more about the discounted hotels, amenities, and pricing.

Book your room reservations by Thursday, December 21, 2017, through the housing website. Please do not call the hotel directly to make your reservations. If you have questions, contact us at waldenhousing@conferencedirect.com. Availability is limited, and rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If the room block fills before Thursday, December 21, the hotel reserves the right to increase room rates.

Please be aware that many hotels have policies regarding the use of debit cards. Should you choose to use your debit card, funds utilized for the room, tax, incidentals, and deposits will be withheld and deducted from your checking account balance. Contact the hotel directly for more details.

Regalia

Graduates attending commencement must wear regalia to participate in the ceremony. To place your regalia order, please visit the Jostens website or call 1-800-854-7464 to speak with a Jostens representative. The deadline to place your order online for home delivery is Thursday, December 14, 2017. The deadline to place your order via phone for on-site pick up at the Tampa Convention Center is Friday, December 22, 2017. When ordering your regalia, please remember the following:

  • You will need to order a mortarboard cap, tassel, gown, and hood. Doctoral graduates may wear premium regalia or a tam instead. Jostens has a list of Walden’s hood colors by degree program.
  • U.S. orders will be shipped directly to your home if ordered online by Thursday, December 14. International orders will be delivered to the Tampa Convention Center for pickup on Friday, January 19 or Saturday, January 20, 2018.
  • Once you have placed your order, make sure you receive a confirmation number or notice from Jostens.
  • When your package arrives, make sure your order is complete and that all items fit properly. If you have questions when it arrives, please call Jostens directly at 1-800-854-7464.

A limited supply of regalia will be on-site at the Tampa Convention Center for purchase in Tampa. Please order online or by phone if at all possible.

Jostens will be available at the Tampa Convention Center on Friday, January 19, from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and on Saturday, January 20, from 7 a.m.–2 p.m. 

International Graduates

International graduates, please visit this page for more information on how to attend your Commencement Ceremony.

Graduate Photos

GradImages will be at the Tampa Convention Center to take professional photos of graduates in their regalia.

GradImages will be available on Friday, January 19, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and on Saturday, January 20, from 7–8:30 a.m., and from 12:30–2:30 p.m.

Flowers

Flowers will be available for purchase at commencement. Pre-order your flowers and reserve your graduate’s favorite color.

Policies and FAQ

Download the Policies and FAQ for Winter Commencement 2018.

Happy Grads, Walden Alumni, Share Your Story!

Help inspire students and fellow alumni by telling us how you are using your Walden degree in your profession and in your community.

Walden Social Feeds

Jan 20
Walden University

We had a wonderful time celebrating our most recent grads. Farewell Tampa! #WaldenUGrad #thetampacc https://t.co/oCweNzEQTT

Jan 20
Walden University

@DJM9500 Great shot! Congratulations!

Jan 20
Walden University

@TheTampaCC thank you for hosting us! We enjoyed your venue and city.

Jan 19
WaldenASC

Looks like Tampa is ready for you #WaldenUGrad! @WaldenU https://t.co/pYrWJCrHPB

Jan 19
WaldenASC

RT @WaldenU: Good morning form sunny Tampa! Cheers to our graduates 🎓 #WaldenUGrad #TheTampaCC https://t.co/2cTu7UBQ5D

Jan 17
WaldenASC

Hello @Waldenu students! The ASC Twitter account is headed to Tampa, FL tomorrow morning for National Faculty Meeti… https://t.co/ISAxjOGF9T