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Graduate Commencement

Graduating doctoral students

Friday, May 12, 2023
11:00 a.m.
School of Graduate and Extended Studies
Tubman Laws

Keynote Speaker: International President of Alpha Phi Alpha Willis Lonzer, class of 1990

Note For international Students

International Graduate Students traveling to the United States to participate in the May 2023 Commencement exercise should reach out to offices to get a verification letter. All requests should be forwarded to nrobinsthompson [at] desu.edu.

important dates for graduate events

Immediately Complete the application for graduation

Office of Records

and Registration

Before Wednesday,

March 15, 2023

Order Cap and Gown (regalia) | BEFORE March 15th deadline

Order online at http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/_dsu/ 

Honor cords will be distributed by the Office of Records and Registration.

Online Only

Monday, March 20, 2023

Graduation Checklist: School of Graduate Adult and Extended Studies (NRT) | 6:00 p.m. EST

Zoom Linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/87522244724


March 27- 31, 2023

GRADUATE PHOTOS | Visit ouryear.com (code: 721) to schedule

an appointment or call 1-800-Our-Year

Monday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday/Thursday, 12 – 8 p.m.

Wednesday/Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m

Martin Luther King Jr.,

Student Center (MLKSC)

1st Floor TV Lounge

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Countdown to Commencement Town Hall Meeting 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. 

Join link:


Webinar number: 2310 759 3230

Webinar password: hornets (4676387 from phones)

EH Theater 
Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Countdown to Commencement Town Hall Meeting 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

EH Theater 
Friday, April 28, 2023 Reading Day  
May 1-5, 2023 Finals Week Campus- Wide
Friday, May 5, 2023

Residence Hall Close: Graduate Students requesting to extend their stay in residence halls should email housing [at] desu.edu two weeks prior to graduation requesting an extension. All students must vacate completely the Monday following graduation by 5 p.m.

All Residence Halls
Tuesday, May 9, 2023 

Mandatory Rehearsal | 10:00 a.m.

Tubman Laws Courtyard
Friday, May 12, 2023


Graduates - Report to line up on the sidewalks in front of Delaware Hall. 

COMMENCEMENT | 11:00 a.m.

Tubman Laws Courtyard

Ticketing information

Students participating in the Commencement ceremony will receive guest tickets electronically. Students will be notified close to the Commencement date regarding the number of guest tickets that they will receive.

This number is based on the legal maximum capacity of the facility, the number of graduating candidates, and the Delaware State University Police Department’s recommendation. Commencement tickets are not for sale. All guests must present a Guest Admit Ticket for scanning in order to be admitted into a commencement ceremony regardless of age (this includes infants & children). Remember that anyone can watch the Commencement ceremony on their mobile device or computer with live streaming. The link will be located on Delaware State University’s website. If you have questions, please email hornetcommencement [at] desu.edu