Walden University is proud to celebrate its 63rd Commencement Ceremony.

We hope that you will join us on Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18, 2020, for Walden’s 63rd 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!


Friday, January 17

Saturday, January 18

Gold Ceremony
10–11:45 a.m.
Teal Ceremony
9–11:15 a.m.
Alumni Association Welcome Party
11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Alumni Association Welcome Party
10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Blue Ceremony
2–4 p.m.

Green Ceremony
1– 2:30 p.m.
Gray Ceremony
4– 6 p.m.

Find your ceremony by locating your degree program area in the Ceremony Key. Your ceremony assignment can also be found in your commencement invitation and confirmation e-mails.


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

Commencement Guidebook

The Commencement Guidebook will provide you with all of the necessary details for Walden’s winter commencement weekend—it includes the schedule, venue map, seating information, how to cross the stage, what to do after the ceremony, and more. Whether you are a graduating student, parent, family member, or friend, this guide will help you prepare for the commencement weekend.


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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 November 29, 2019. Degree conferral processing typically takes between 2-4 weeks following the completion of all degree requirements. Commencement registration closes on December 9, 2019.

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

Commencement Policies

Download the policies for winter commencement 2020 .


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

Walden has also partnered with select airlines for discounts on domestic flights.


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

Book your room reservations by Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 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 Wednesday, December 18, 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 a cap and gown 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 and pick up at the Tampa Convention Center is is Friday, December 6, 2019. 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 Friday, December 6. International orders will be delivered to the Tampa Convention Center for pickup on Thursday, January 16, Friday, January 17, or Saturday, January 18, 2020.
  • 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 Thursday, January 16, from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Friday, January 17, from 7 a.m.–6 p.m. and on Saturday, January 19, from 7 a.m.–3 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 17, from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. and on Saturday, January 18, from 10:30 a.m. –4 p.m. GradImages will also take professional photos of each graduate as they cross the stage. These photos will be available for purchase after commencement weekend.

To ensure that your graduation proofs are sent to you in a timely manner, you can pre-register with GradImages.


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

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