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Graduation FAQs

We get a lot of questions about graduation and the commencement ceremony, and answers to the most frequently asked questions are below. As additional information about the May 2021 graduation is known, the FAQ's will be updated.

The six ceremonies at UD Arena will allow for social distancing to better protect the health of everyone attending.  Ceremonies are limited to 90 minutes to allow for required cleaning and set-up for the next ceremony.  *Specific ceremony times are subject to change if conditions and protocols require.

Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Law School
    • 1:00-2:30pm (*time subject to change)
  • Doctoral/Master's
    • 6:00-7:30pm (*time subject to change)

Saturday, May 8, 2021

  • College of Arts and Sciences (two ceremonies)
    • Bachelor of Arts: 9:00-10:30am (*time subject to change)
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of General Studies, Bachelor of Music, & Bachelor of Science: 1:30-3:00pm (*time subject to change)
  • ROTC Commissioning
    • 12:00-1:00pm (*time subject to change)
  • Baccalaureate Mass
    • 6:00pm (*time subject to change)

Sunday, May 9, 2021

  • School of Education and Health Sciences/School of Engineering
    • 9:00-10:30am (*time subject to change)
  • School of Business Administration 
    • 1:30-3:00pm (*time subject to change)

Yes. Links will be posted on the Overview tab as well as the Commencement Ceremony tab the week of graduation. 


As you are inviting friends and relatives to attend the graduation ceremony, please be aware that there is a 4 guest limit for the May 2021 commencement ceremony.

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 University of Dayton graduation charge is a non-refundable charge that is added to the student's account when they apply to graduate. In addition to cap and gown costs, the charge also covers a number of other expenses associated with your graduation, such as the shipping and handling of transcripts and diplomas, and thesis or dissertation binding, if applicable. 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 be able to order your cap and gown online at and can select to have the order shipped (to an off-campus address) or select in-store pick up. Cap and gown orders must be picked up at the UD Bookstore by Wednesday, May 5th. Caps and gowns will not be available for pick up at the Arena prior to the ceremonies. Plan ahead!

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

Hood Colors can be found here.

On graduation day, graduates are required to wear the caps and gowns they picked up from the Grad Fair/the UD Bookstore. Graduates may also wear UD Latin Honors cords (red and blue braided cords) and/or Veteran's cords outside their robes, if applicable. 

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 8, 2021 at 6 p.m. at UD Arena. This celebration is open to all 2021 Graduates and their families, however, a ticket is required for entry. Children 2 and under do not require a ticket, however, they must sit on the lap of an accompanying adult and not an adjacent seat.

All guest seating will be in pods of 5. Tickets are free but must be claimed online in advance and will be available first come, first served. Please claim your tickets by Friday, May 7 at noon EST.

Accessible Seating:

Accessible seating is also available in pods of 5 and designated on the interactive seat map with a wheelchair icon. If you know that you will require accessible seating, please be sure to claim accessible seating in advance. While the UD Arena Ticket Office will do everything possible to accommodate last minute requests, availability is limited and may no longer be available on the day of the event.

To claim Baccalaureate tickets click here and select the Baccalaureate. Select the pod of 5 you would like and follow the prompts to complete your registration.

After you have completed the registration, your tickets will appear in your My Flyer Account under “Upcoming Events.” You will need to transfer the tickets to the guests who will be utilizing the tickets. We strongly recommend that you do so as soon as possible. All guests attending Mass must have a digital ticket to enter UD Arena. If all of your guests will be arriving together you may transfer all tickets to one guest, however, if guests will be arriving separately we ask that their tickets be transferred to them in advance to minimize congestion and delays at entry. 

For step-by-step instructions on transferring tickets please visit our Digital Ticketing Guide.

Claim Baccalaureate Mass Tickets

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.

Undergraduate students graduating in December, May or August will be mailed a yearbook the following October.  To request a yearbook, click here.

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