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2018 Graduation Information

Webster University National Capital Region 2018 Commencement Information

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: American University, Bender Arena
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016

Directions to the Bender Arena at American University can be found here.

Response Form




Please complete and submit the RSVP form above. Make sure you include your primary email as well as your Webster email on the form, as you will receive a confirmation email once you submit your response form. 

St. Louis Commencement Ceremony

Students who are graduating from the National Capital Region during the Summer 2017 - Spring 2 2018 academic year are also invited to attend the 2018 St. Louis commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

If you wish to participate in the St. Louis ceremony, please indicate this on your response form and submit it by March 15. This way, your name will be included in the main campus's commencement program. For more information, please visit http://www.webster.edu/commencement/commencement.html. 

Visit the Webster University commencement website for more information about the St. Louis ceremony or for any information on other extended site graduation dates. As a Webster University graduate, you are allowed to attend any site's commencement ceremony if you cannot participate in the National Capital Region ceremony. Extended campus location ceremony dates can be found on the Webster University commencement webpage.

Cap, Gown, and Hood Orders

Graduation regalia (cap, gown, and hood) can be ordered directly from Jostens via this website or by calling 1-800-854-7464. ALL STUDENTS MUST ORDER THEIR REGALIA NO LATER THAN APRIL 5, 2018. You will need to select your area of study from a dropdown box when you order your regalia. Options are listed below:

  • Arts (Business and Organizational Security Management, Healthcare Management, Human Resources Development, Human Resources Management, Information Technology Management, International Business, International Relations, Management and Leadership, Marketing, Nonprofit Leadership, Procurement and Acquisitions Management, Public Relations)
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Science (Cybersecurity, Finance, Forensic Accounting)

NOTE: It takes approximately five weeks for the regalia to ship; therefore, caps, gowns, and hoods must be ordered by April 5 to be received in time for graduation.

For those who are interested, Jostens also offers graduation announcements and class rings on its website.

Here is a link that demonstrates how to wear your academic regalia

Petition to Graduate

Students who will complete all degree requirements in May 2018 must fill out a petition to graduate form online. Once you submit your petition, you will receive a confirmation within 24 hours to your Webster email address. The official deadline to submit your petition to graduate is March 15, 2018 for those who intend to participate in the May commencement ceremony; however students may still submit their petitions online. Students who will take their final course during the Summer 2018 term may still walk in the May 2018 commencement ceremony. If you wish to walk and still have one course to take during the Summer term, please complete the response form above and submit it to either your site or to Allison Brooks (allisonbrooks16@webster.edu) by April 5, 2018 to be included in the program. Also make sure to order a cap, gown, and hood.

Requesting an Official Transcript

Requests for an official transcript can be made through the main campus. Please visit http://www.webster.edu/academics/transcripts.html for more information.


Students do not receive a diploma at the commencement ceremony. All diplomas are mailed out by the Registrar’s office after students are approved to graduate. 


Please contact the graduation coordinator, Allison Brooks, at allisonbrooks16@webster.edu