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Graduate Commencement

Graduating doctoral students
Friday, May 10, 2024
1:00 p.m.
DeLauder Theater, E.H. Building

Note For International Students

International Graduate Students traveling to the United States to participate in the May 2024 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

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 Countdown to Commencement Town Hall Meeting 11 a.m.- 12 p.m.  DeLauder Theater
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 Countdown to Commencement Town Hall Meeting 11 a.m.- 12 p.m.  DeLauder Theater
Before Thursday,
March 15, 2024

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

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

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

Online Only

March 18- 22, 2024

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, 9 a.m.-5 p.m

Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m

Martin Luther King Jr.,

Student Center (MLKSC)

2nd Floor Glass Lounge

BEFORE Monday, April 15, 2024
Register via Marching Order to gain access to guest ticketing, grad pass, and pro-nounce. 
Upon successfully submitting your graduation application, you will receive an email inviting you to register for Marching Order. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

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

DeLauder Theater 
Friday, April 26, 2024 Reading Day  
April 29 - May 3, 2024 Finals Week Campus- Wide
Friday, May 3, 2024

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
Friday, May 10, 2024


Bank of America Building



Upon successful submission of your graduation application, prospective graduates will receive an email to your DSU email address with a link to register for your respective Commencement ceremony through the Marching Order site. Please click the link and establish a password.

Graduate students participating in the Commencement ceremony will receive:

  • 2 guest tickets for entry into the DeLauder Theater.
  • 3 guest tickets to the overflow location, MLK Student Center Parlors.

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.