236th Commencement Exercises

Washington College’s 236th Commencement exercises will take place on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. 

Cap and Gown Order Deadline is March 28th!

Make sure your order for your cap and gown is ordered by March 28th. Please use the Oak Hall website to register:

Event Reservations Open April 1st

On April 1st by 10:00 AM, we will open registrations for limited on-campus housing, cruises on the WC’s research vessel the Callinectes and meals during Saturday and Sunday. The registration site is located at Additional information and pricing can be found in the Schedule of Events for Commencement section.

Commencement Seating Diagrams

We have updated our website with diagrams. Please visit the Seating Diagrams and Ticket Information section. We hope you find this information helpful.

Graduation Applications

Graduation applications are available online here and are due by October 16th, 2018. Please make sure that you submit this form in a timely manner so that you and your family receive information about Commencement weekend.

Letter from Dean DiQuinzio

A letter from Dean DiQuinzio with graduation information will be mailed to families of students who have completed a graduation application by the end of November. Please direct any questions to Carol Landis in the Campus Events Office (410-778-7888). A copy of this letter will be emailed to students, but is also available above.

Commencement at Washington College

Commencement is a time for much College pride. We want this day to be as memorable for you as it is for the College and all those involved. We ask that graduates wear appropriate business attire and hard-soled shoes with their gowns on Sunday. Smoking and drinking are not permitted at Commencement. Tobacco products and popping champagne corks can cause serious injury to guests and graduates. Do not bring pets; only service animals are allowed.

Ceremony Seating and Ticket Information

Only in the event of inclement weather will tickets be needed to attend the ceremony. Tickets are only needed for Commencement in the event of inclement weather when the event has been moved indoors. Six tickets will be distributed to each graduate for their guests during Commencement Rehearsal on Friday afternoon. No tickets will be needed if the event occurs on the Campus Lawn.

In the event of inside ceremony, Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts will be an alternate viewing location with a simulcast of the event. No tickets are needed, but seats are first come, first served.

There is no reserved seating at Commencement. If you expect to need assistance, please plan to arrive early to secure adequate seating. Please visit our ADA Access for Commencement page for additional information.

Further Information

For further information please read through the General Information and Schedule pages or contact the Campus Events Office:
Phone: (410) 778-7888

The Registrar’s Office will provide a checklist that will help guide students through their responsibilities leading up to Commencement day. Students can also find information on general graduation requirements and policies on the Registrar’s Office Graduation Requirements page.

Most of all, we hope you will find that the Commencement Weekend activities create a wonderful environment in which to celebrate and enjoy this achievement with your graduate – congratulations!

Revised: March 18, 2019