Walden University is proud to celebrate its 58th Commencement Ceremony. 

We hope that you will join us on Saturday, July 15, 2017, for Walden’s 58th Commencement Ceremony. It will take place at the Gaylord National Resort, in National Harbor, Maryland. 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, July 14

Saturday, July 15 – COMMENCEMENT DAY!

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

12:30–2 p.m. (all other graduates)
Graduate Portraits
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.
Graduate Celebration
12:30–2 p.m.
Doors for Doctoral Hooding Ceremony Open at 1:50 p.m.
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony (Doctoral Grads and Guests)
2:30–4:30 p.m.



New Graduates Registration

Invitations to register for summer commencement will be sent via email to new graduates whose degrees are conferred by June 7, 2017 on a weekly basis. 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.


Walden has arranged for discounted transportation to the Gaylord National Resort from Reagan National Airport (DCA) for $18.50 per person (one way) or from Dulles International Airport (IAD) for $42.50 per person (one way).

Book your round-trip SuperShuttle transfers. If you prefer to book by phone, you can call 1-800-258-3826 and use the booking code KBB4R


Night view of the Gaylord Hotel

The Gaylord National Resort is our host hotel for commencement weekend. Walden has reserved a block of rooms for you and your guests at a reduced rate of $212 per night for one or two guests ($232 per night for three and $252 for four guests in each room). This rate includes wireless internet in the guest rooms; discounted parking; discounted transportation into Washington, D.C.; and access to the resort’s amenities, such as an indoor pool, Relâche Spa (including a Walden discount), and a fitness center. When staying at the host hotel, there are increased opportunities to network with graduates and Walden faculty members.

Gaylord National Resort 
201 Waterfront Street 
National Harbor, Maryland 20745 

Please book your room reservations at the Gaylord National by Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Availability is limited, and rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If the room block fills before Wednesday, June 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.


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 Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The deadline to place your order via phone for on-site pick up at the Gaylord National Resort is Friday, June 9, 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 Tuesday, May 30. International orders will be delivered to the Gaylord National Resort for pickup on Friday or Saturday, July 14–15.
  • 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 Gaylord National for purchase in National Harbor. Please order online or by phone if at all possible.

Jostens will be available at the Gaylord National on Friday, July 14, from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. and on Saturday, July 15, 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 on-site at the Gaylord National Resort for professional photos of graduates in their regalia.

GradImages will be available on Friday, July 14, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and on Saturday, July 15, from 7–8:30 a.m. for doctoral graduates only, and from 12:30–2:30 p.m. for all other graduates.


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


Download the FAQ for Summer Commencement 2017.

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