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Graduation FAQs

We get a lot of questions about graduation and the commencement ceremony. Answers to the most frequently asked questions are below!

*Due to the upcoming Spring 2022 Commencement, submissions after May 4, 2022 will not be reviewed until after the conclusions of the Spring 2022 Commencement ceremonies. Submission reviews will resume Monday, May 9, 2022*

At UD, all students are expected to participate in the commencement ceremony that most closely aligns with the completion of their academic requirements. 

  • Students who finish their academic requirements in Spring will participate in the Spring commencement ceremony.
  • Students who finish their academic requirements in Summer/Fall participate in the Fall commencement ceremony. 

An early walker is a student who wishes to participate in a ceremony before they will complete their academic requirements. A late walker is a student who wishes to delay their ceremony participation to the following commencement ceremony. Students are able to delay their ceremony participation once.

Students must have their request approved in order to participate in a different ceremony. To do so: 

  1. Fill out the 2022 Graduate Early/Late Walker Request Form 
  2. The form will go through the following review process: 
    1. Academic Unit Review
    2. Graduate Academic Affairs Review
    3. Graduation Team Review 
  3. The student will be contacted via UD email with the final decision and further instructions 


The form will close for submissions for the Spring 2022 ceremony on March 1, 2022 at 4:30 PM EST. The form will close for submissions for the Fall 2022 ceremony on October 1st, 2022 at 4:30 PM EST

Please note that submitting this form by the appropriate deadlines does not guarantee an approval to participate in a different ceremony. While all efforts are made to fulfill the student’s request, there is limited space available for early/late walkers.

2022 Graduate Early/Late Walker Request Form

The undergraduate 2020 Celebration is set for May 13-15, 2022. 

You can find additional information on the undergraduate 2020 Celebration by going to the 2020 Celebration website!  

Yes. The livesteam links for the Spring 2022 ceremonies (School of Law, Doctoral/Graduate, and Undergraduate) are posted on the Overview page of the Graduation website!

For graduates needing accommodations during the ceremony, please contact and a member of the Graduation Team will work directly with you.

For guests needing accommodations during the ceremony, please note there is ADA accessible seating available on the same level as the doors throughout the Arena. ADA seating is available on a first arrive, first seated basis.

You will receive an email from our graduation photographer, GradImages, over the next several weeks with previews of your professional photos and the opportunity to order the photos.

For questions regarding your photos, please contact the GradImages Customer Services Department at (800) 261-2576, online at, or email


An invitation letter from a school official is not required for friends or relatives applying for a visitor’s visa (B visa). Instead, students are encouraged to write their own invitation letters. The letter should be written in English and include the following information:

  • Who you are inviting and their relationship to you (e.g. parent, sibling, friend, etc.)
  • Purpose and dates of the visit (e.g. vacation, attend graduation, meet new baby, etc.)

A sample letter is provided below for your reference. Issue one letter per person over the age of 21. Children under the age of 21 can be included on their parent’s letter. In addition to your invitation letter, your visitor(s) should also prepare the following:

  • Copy of student’s unofficial transcript (found in Degreeworks)
  • If student is funding the visit, copies of student’s bank statements from the last 2-3 months
  • If self-funding, visitor’s own financial documentation
  • Visitor’s proof of employment/proof of property to show ties/intent to return to home country
  • Copy of student’s I-20, most recent I-94, and visa

Items in BOLD require your editing

Dear Consul,

My name is [your name] and I am a [F-1, J-1] student at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio pursuing a [bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral] degree in [field of study]. A copy of my enrollment verification, transcript and [I-20 for F-1 students or DS-2019 for J-1 students] are attached as proof of enrollment.

I wish to invite the following individual for the purpose of [list reason]:

First Name LAST NAME (as appears in passport), date of birth, relationship to you.

My guests will stay at [address of residence] during their time here and the costs of their stay will be covered by [financial information]. Please see attached documentation for details.

I appreciate your help in issuing a tourist visa. Thank you for your time and consideration.


[Your signature]
[Your printed name]

The graduation charge is a one-time fee of $90.00 which covers expenses related to your graduation. It is charged during the semester you applied to graduate. In addition to cap and gown costs, the graduation charge covers the shipping and handling of transcripts and diplomas, thesis or dissertation binding, if applicable, and more. All graduates are listed in the official Commencement Program and all graduates are required to pay the charge, regardless of attendance at the ceremony and term you graduate.

You will pick up your cap and gown during the Grad Fair! The Spring 2022 Grad Fair is set for March 23-24 from 9:00 AM-6:00 PM at the UD Bookstore. 

If you have any questions, please contact the UD Bookstore at 937-229-3233 or

Hood Colors can be found here.

The diploma will be mailed to the address the candidate provided on their graduation application approximately four weeks after graduation.

As part of our Catholic and Marianist tradition, we invite undergraduate, graduate, and law school graduates and their guests to celebrate in faith at the Baccalaureate Mass which will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. at UD Arena. This celebration is open to all Spring 2022 Graduates and their families.

All bachelor, master and specialist degrees are 8.5" x 11" landscape.
Doctoral degrees are 11" x 14" landscape.

One complimentary transcript will be emailed to each graduate approximately five weeks after graduation.

Additional requests for official transcripts must be submitted to Flyer Student Services.  This can be done via the Flyer Student Services website.

While the University of Dayton does not send out graduation announcements to hometown papers, students and their families are welcome to notify their local newspaper.

Email and mailing addresses usually are available online by checking the 'Contact us' link on each paper's website. Be sure to include the graduate’s name, degree, and field of study, along with contact information for the person submitting the notice. You may also want to include a photo of the graduate and should write his or her name on the back of the photo or include it in the file name of a digital image. For verification, you may provide a link to the commencement program or a scan of your diploma.

Additional Information

As has been the case throughout the past year, plans are subject to change based on the state of the pandemic on the campus or in the community at the time of the event. Please check back often for more details and instructions as they become available. Questions may be directed to


Flyer Student Services

St. Mary's Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1600