The commencement ceremony will take place the weekend of Saturday, July 18, 2020. We are still finalizing the full weekend schedule and will make it available in spring 2020. Please do not make travel arrangements until the full schedule has been posted or you have received your invitation to attend.
Check back for important updates on the schedule, keynote speaker, and other details.
While at commencement, you can take advantage of all that National Harbor has to offer, including restaurants, entertainment, and more within steps of the Potomac River and a short distance from our nation’s capital. Explore the Waterfront District and discover National Harbor.
Once registration opens in spring 2020, e-mail invitations will be sent on a weekly basis to new graduates whose degrees are conferred by the conferral deadline. Degree conferral processing typically takes between two and four weeks following the completion of all degree requirements.
Please note that there is a one-time fee of $250 to be paid online with a credit card when you register.
Walden has arranged discounted transportation from Reagan National Airport (DCA) to the Gaylord National Resort. Please check back for updated information on how to book this transportation as we get closer to commencement.
Learn more about driving directions and public transportation options to National Harbor.
The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is the host hotel for the 2020 summer commencement. Walden has reserved a block of rooms for graduates, guests, and faculty at special event rates. Staying in the host hotel gives graduates an opportunity to be a part of the Walden community of fellow graduates and faculty.
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
These discounted rooms will be available to book in the coming weeks. Rooms will be offered at a reduced rate that includes wireless internet access, complimentary in-room beverages, and access to hotel amenities such as an indoor pool and a fitness center. The rate and the link to book will be updated online and will be included in your registration confirmation as well.
Graduates attending commencement must wear regalia to participate in the ceremony. Information on how to proceed with ordering regalia will be updated here soon. Regalia will be available to order for home delivery.
International graduates, please visit this page for more information on how to attend your commencement ceremony.
The 2020 summer commencement ceremony will be captioned live. The venue is accessible to wheelchair users, and additional accessibility features are in place. If you need specific accommodations to access the event, please contact Disability Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GradImages will be at Gaylord National Resort to take professional photos of graduates in their regalia. Please check back for the times photographers will be available on site. GradImages will also take professional photos of each graduate as they cross the stage. These photos will be available for purchase after commencement weekend.
Flowers will be available for purchase at commencement. Preorder your flowers to reserve your graduate’s favorite color.