Graduation & Commencement

To be officially confirmed as a graduate and receive a diploma, you must submit an Application for Graduation & Diploma. All students must apply for graduation, regardless of whether or not you intend to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Degrees are conferred and diplomas issued in August, December, and May; and one Commencement ceremony is held in May. Potential graduates should see their advisor to initiate the application process.

Download Application for Graduation & Diploma (PDF)

Deadlines for application are as follows: July 1st for August conferral, November 1st for December conferral; and January 1st for May conferral.

Garrett College Class of 2016: Please complete the Graduate Survey before coming to rehearsal.

Commencement 2016 - Saturday, May 21st at 10:30 a.m.

Graduation Rehearsal and Brunch

Friday, May 20th

Graduates report to CARC Gymnasium by 9:30 a.m. for check-in and brunch.

  • Caps and gowns will be distributed at rehearsal.
  • Please plan to spend at least two hours; graduates will be organized for the processional and we will perform a run through of the ceremony.
  • A class picture will be taken, so please dress appropriately.


Saturday, May 21st

Graduates report to Room 931 in the CARC at 10:00 a.m.

  • Commencement will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the CARC Gymnasium.
  • No tickets are required.
  • A reception honoring the graduates will immediately follow commencement.

Cap and Gown

The College provides caps and gowns to the graduates at no additional cost.  Graduates will pick up caps and gowns at the Graduation Rehearsal.

Guest Ticketing

The Commencement ceremony is open to the public; no tickets are required.

Commencement Pictures

A commemorative Garrett College class photo and DVD are available for purchase. To purchase the class photo or DVD, download the order form and return with payment to Office of Instruction and Student Services.  Additionally, an individual photo of each graduate is taken as the graduate receives the diploma. Graduates may request a free digital copy of his or her photo by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Commencement Speaker

The Commencement Speaker will be announced in early Spring 2016.


Parents and guests are encouraged to travel past the CARC Gymnasium and enter the Event parking lot located immediately after the gymnasium (between the gymnasium and the residential halls).

Maps & Directions


Students should direct any graduation related questions to the Office of Instruction and Student Services at 301-387-3054.