Summer 2021 Commencement
The Walden University Summer 2021 Commencement will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 2 p.m. Eastern time. This virtual event will feature a university-wide ceremony 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 here and communicated to registered graduates.
Virtual Event Overview
Walden’s 65th Commencement will consist of two events: the university-wide commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Eastern on July 31st immediately followed by the college ceremonies. Our graduates and their support network can look forward to:
- A university-wide commencement event
- Individual college ceremonies following the university event
- Conferral of degrees
- Two special guest speakers
- Highlights from the Walden community
- Messages from Walden University leadership, including Dr. Ward Ulmer
- Photo and video highlights of our graduates and their celebrations
For additional engagement opportunities and information, RSVP to Walden’s summer 2021 commencement Facebook event page and bookmark the commencement showroom. As you share on social media, be sure to use #WaldenUGrad on your posts!
Invitations to register for this virtual celebration were sent to summer 2021 eligible graduates in May and June. Registration for the virtual ceremony is now closed. In order to be eligible to receive an invitation to attend, summer 2021 graduates must be on track to have confirmation of their degree conferral by June 14, 2021. In order to be included in the commencement ceremony, graduates must:
- Access the registration form using the invitation sent to their Walden and personal email addresses.
- Successfully complete the registration form and receive a confirmation email by June 14, 2021.
If you are a graduate who did not register attend commencement, we still encourage you to tune in to watch the university-wide ceremony! If you wish to be invited to attend a future commencement, you can complete this future ceremony survey.
Please note that it takes two to four weeks to process the confirmation of your degree conferral. If you have questions about your estimated graduation date or when you can expect confirmation of your degree conferral, please reach out to your Student Success Advisor.
The virtual commencement will be available to watch on the summer 2021 commencement showroom page and Walden’s summer 2021 commencement Facebook event page.
Graduates who participate in a virtual commencement are welcome to attend a future in-person ceremony when it best fits their schedule. Our next in-person commencement is the winter 2022 ceremony currently scheduled for January 27–29, 2022, in Orlando, Florida. At this time, Walden University is closely monitoring the increase in COVID-19 cases nationwide, and the potential health and safety impact that could have on our Walden community – who travels from all corners of our nation to attend commencement.
Please do not make any travel arrangements until you have received your invitation to attend your desired commencement and your full event schedule.
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.
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 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.
We understand that some graduates may 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.
Do you plan on taking photos to celebrate this momentous occasion? Whether you are taking them at home or working with a photographer, check out these tips to capture the perfect moment.
Once you have these photos of you in your regalia, we encourage you to share some of them with us by submitting them using this form and posting on social media using #WaldenUGrad.
Please note that this submission form is different from the headshots to be submitted by graduates registered for the summer 2021 commencement. To submit a headshot to be included in their college ceremony, graduates should follow the instructions and use the link in their registration confirmation e-mail.
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].
Walden University provides a number of opportunities for students, graduates, and faculty to engage in formal student organizations. Check out the honor societies, professional organizations, and special-interest groups offered at Walden.
View the summer 2021 commencement policies.
Welcome to the Alumni Association!
All Walden graduates are automatically members of the Walden University Alumni Association.
Check out the many benefits reserved just for our graduates, share your story, connect with an alumni chapter, and more!Visit the Alumni Association website