Commencement FAQ

Commencement Contact Info

Uniformed Services University Commencement Office
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Telephone: (301) 295-2114
Fax: (301) 295-1943

Did you know...

The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences charter class of 1980 graduated just 29 members. Although these pathfinders were the first to graduate from the nation's only federal health sciences university, they paved the way for thousands to follow. Today, over 7,200 health practitioners and scientists are USU alumni.


Commencement FAQ

Who is eligible to participate in Commencement?

All students who have met their program requirements and have been recommended by the deans and faculty and approved by the Board of Regents are eligible to graduate.

Do I need to sign up to participate in the Commencement ceremony?

All medical students will coordinate through the Office of Student Affairs. All students in the Graduate Program of the Biomedical Sciences will coordinate through the Graduate Education Office. All advanced practice nursing students will coordinate through the Commandant of the Graduate School of Nursing.

How do I obtain my cap and gown for graduation?

The cap and gown is provided be the University and will be distributed at rehearsal.

What should I wear under my cap and gown at Commencement?

The required uniform-of-the-day for graduation is as follows:

  • Army - dress blues with four-in-hand tie with ribbons
  • Navy - service dress white with ribbons
  • Air Force - service dress with ribbons
  • PHS - service dress blue with ribbons

How many tickets does each graduate receive?

Each graduate receives TEN tickets for Commencement.

How do I obtain tickets?

Tickets will be administered by your class representative.

Where can I purchase graduation announcements?

The University provides each graduate with ten announcements. You incur the cost of purchasing additional graduation announcements. Therefore, you may select any vendor of your choosing.

When and where is the 2020 Commencement?

Commencement will be held at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall (DAR) in Washington, D.C. on May 16, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. DAR is located at 1776 D Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20006

Is there a rehearsal?

Rehearsal will take place the day prior to the ceremony. Bus transportation for students is provided from the university to the practice venue.

What time should I arrive on Commencement day?

Students should arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m.

Who is the keynote speaker?

The keynote speaker for the 2020 Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to be General James C. McConville, U.S. Army Chief of Staff.

Is transportation provided to the Commencement site?

Bus transportation is provided for graduates, faculty and University support personnel only.

Are my guests allowed to take pictures?


Will there be a professional photographer?


How do I get my diploma?

Your diploma is handed to you by the dean of your school on stage, after your hooding. Diplomas are not mailed.