Walden University is proud to celebrate its 61st Commencement Ceremony.

We hope that you will join us on Saturday, January 19, 2019, for Walden’s 61st 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!


Thursday, January 17

Friday, January 18

Saturday, January 19– COMMENCEMENT DAY!

Alumni Reception
6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
Graduate Check-In
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Graduate Check-In
7 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Jostens (Cap and Gowns) 
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Jostens (Cap and Gowns)
7 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Graduate Portraits
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony (Doctoral Grads and Guests) 
9–11:30 a.m.

Graduate Brunch
10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Graduate Portraits
10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  Ambassador Open House
1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
School of Nursing Commencement Ceremony (Doctoral, Master’s, and Bachelors Level)
1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Commencement Ceremony (Master’s, Specialist, and Bachelor’s Level, aside from Nursing)
3:30–5 p.m.


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


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Event Resources

View the graduate schedule, a list of faculty attendees, and other helpful resources for your time in Tampa. Presenter information for the Research Symposium can also be found here.

New Graduate Registration

Invitations to register for winter commencement will be sent on a weekly basis via e-mail to new graduates whose degrees are conferred by December 6, 2018. Please send an e-mail to graduation@mail.waldenu.edu if you have completed your classes but have not yet received a degree conferral e-mail.

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

Tamp Convention Center


Walden has arranged for discounted transportation from the Tampa International Airport (TPA) to the graduate hotels through Blue One Transportation for $12 per person (one way).

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


Walden has secured housing blocks at a number of downtown Tampa hotels.

Book your room reservations by Thursday, December 20, 2018, 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 will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis. If the room block fills before Thursday, December 20, 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.


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 13, 2018. The deadline to place your order via phone for on-site pick up at the Tampa Convention Center is Friday, December 21, 2018. 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 13. International orders will be delivered to the Tampa Convention Center for pickup on Friday, January 18, or Saturday, January 19, 2019.
  • 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 18, from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and on Saturday, January 19, from 7 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

International Graduates

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

Graduate Photo

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

GradImages will be available on Friday, January 18, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and on Saturday, January 19, from 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.


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 2019.

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Walden Social Feeds

Jan 18
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Jan 18
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Jan 18
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