Walden Winter Commencement 2021
Walden University will host a special online commencement celebration honoring Walden’s graduates and their milestone achievement on February 6, 2021. This virtual event will feature a university-wide celebration followed by college ceremonies that will individually recognize each graduate with the conferral of their degree. Important updates on the schedule of events and other details will be available in the coming weeks.
Watch a statement from President Ulmer regarding the shift to a special virtual commencement ceremony.
Virtual Event Overview
We are still finalizing the schedule and details for Walden’s winter 2021 commencement celebration. Some of the items that our registered graduates and their network can look forward to include:
- A university-wide celebration event
- Individual college ceremonies following the university event
- Conferral of degrees
- A special guest speaker
- Highlights from the Walden community
- Messages from Walden University leadership, including Dr. Ward Ulmer and Dr. Paula Singer
- Photo and video highlights of our graduates and their celebrations
For additional engagement opportunities and information, RSVP to Walden’s winter 2021 commencement Facebook event page.
Invitations to register for this virtual celebration will be sent to the winter 2020 graduating class starting at the end of October. In order to be eligible to receive an invitation to attend, winter 2020 graduates must be on track to have confirmation of their degree conferral by December 14, 2020. In order to be included in the commencement ceremony, graduates must:
- Access the registration form using the invitation sent to their Walden and personal e-mail addresses.
- Fill out the registration form.
- Complete the registration form and receive a confirmation e-mail by December 14, 2020.
In addition to participating in our virtual commencement celebration, graduates can also choose to participate in a future in-person commencement ceremony when it is safe to hold one. Our planned future ceremonies include the summer 2021 commencement to be held August 26 – 28, 2021 in San Antonio, TX and the winter 2022 commencement to be held January 27–29, 2022, in Orlando, Florida.
Graduates who receive an invitation to attend our virtual commencement will have the opportunity to indicate their interest in participating in a future in-person ceremony. In order to receive communications regarding a future in-person ceremony, we urge graduates to use the prompts within their invitation to indicate which ceremony they are interested in attending.
If you did not let us know which future ceremony you plan to attend during the registration process, please fill out the future ceremony interest survey to let us know.
While regalia is not required in order to submit graduate photos or participate in the virtual commencement, you may purchase it to wear at home and for photographs.
Walden has recently partnered with Herff Jones for all your regalia needs and graduation products. Regalia is available to order on the Herff Jones website for home delivery. In order to receive regalia before the virtual commencement, orders must be placed by January 11, 2021. Please note that regalia orders typically take 2-3 weeks to ship unless otherwise noted.
We understand that some graduates have already purchased black regalia or custom Walden doctoral gowns from our previous vendor. If you already have this regalia, we welcome you to participate and submit photos wearing it.
The commencement celebration event and the individual college ceremonies will be captioned live. If you need specific accommodations to access the event, please contact Disability Services at [email protected].
Download and view the policies for Walden’s winter virtual commencement.
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