Student Handbook


Strayer University holds regional commencement ceremonies throughout the year as well as virtual commencement to accommodate our graduates. Students are eligible to attend commencement if they are within two courses of degree completion (not including courses they may be attending at the time of the ceremony) and are in good financial standing. Participation in commencement is optional. There is no fee to participate in commencement; however, students are responsible for purchasing their own cap and gown. To learn more about commencement dates and locations please visit

Note: diplomas are not given out at commencement ceremonies. To receive a diploma, students should follow the instructions listed in the Degree Conferral/Diploma section of this handbook.

Students should complete the steps below to participate in a commencement ceremony:

  1. Register to attend commencement at by the posted registration deadlines.
  2. Order a cap and gown at