2014 Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 4 p.m.

Students should arrive at the north side entrance of DAR Constitution Hall on D Street at 3 line up for the procession. The commencement ceremony should last approximately one and a half to two hours.

DAR Constitution Hall

1776 D Street NW

Washington, DC 20006

Guests may enter on Eighteenth Street NW

Doors open at 3 p.m. (guests will not be allowed entrance to the hall before 3 p.m.)

Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
1–2:30 p.m.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, North Atrium

Student Speakers at Commencement

Each year a graduating student or students are chosen to speak at the Commencement Ceremony. It is a true honor to be selected to address the assembled audience of students, faculty, parents, guests, and trustees. Students interested in auditioning must submit an application to the office of Student Affairs by March 1, 2014. Auditions will be held in late March.

Download the Commencement Speaker Application

Required Forms for Graduates

Students who plan on completing all of their academic requirements in Fall 2013, Spring 2014, or Summer 2014 are eligible to participate in the May commencement ceremony. Students mustsubmit the Application for Degree to the Registrar's Office byNovember 22, 2013 to eligible for Spring 2014 graduation.

Students should notify the college of whether or not they plan on participating in the commencement ceremony by submitting the Commencement Participation Form to the Office of Student Affairs by March 1, 2014. Students should use this form to submit their measurements for the cap and gown.

Graduation Invitations

Each student will be given fifteen (15) Corcoran College of Art + Design commencement invitations. Students may request up to five (5) additional invitations. Invitations will be available for pick-up at the Office of Student Affairs six weeks prior to the ceremony. Invitations are NOT necessary for admittance into the commencement ceremony.

Caps and Gowns

All students who plan to participate in the commencement ceremony at DAR Constitution Hall are required to wear a cap and gown.Caps, gowns, hoods, and tassels will be ordered for all students who submit their measurements to the Office of Student Affairs by March 1, 2014. If you plan to participate in the ceremony but have not been measured for a cap and gown, please see Stephanie Sarvana ( ) in the Office of Student Affairs. Caps and gowns will be available for pick-up at the Office of Student Affairs two weeks prior to commencement.

Access for Guests with Disabilities

DAR Constitution Hall access for persons with disabilities is through the entrance doors on D Street. The ramp on D Street may be accessed by vehicles for dropping off patrons with disabilities. Please ask the ticket-taker or security officer at the entrance for assistance if needed. There is no parking on the D Street drive.

Transportation and Parking

Guests will be able to park for a fee in the Colonial Parking Garage at 1800 G St NW between 12 and 7 p.m. on the day of commencement. The entrance to the garage is located on 18th St. Metered street parking is also available in the area around the Corcoran and DAR Constitution Hall. Guests using public transportation are encouraged to take the Metro to either the Farragut West (Orange and Blue lines) or Farragut North (Red line) and walk south on Eighteenth or Seventeenth Streets to D Street.


For your convenience, the Corcoran College of Art + Design has arranged for Grad Images to provide a professional photographer to record the moment each student is awarded their diploma. Students will receive a passport-sized, full-color proof in the mail approximately one week after the ceremony. There is no obligation to purchase, and you will have the option of ordering several enlargement packages at very reasonable prices. This procedure enables each student to have a photograph of his or her graduation. Still photography by guests will not be permitted. Family members and friends are encouraged to remain in their seats and enjoy the ceremony.


The following hotels are located near the Corcoran College of Art + Design:

Courtyard Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom
515 20th St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 296-5700

One Washington Circle Hotel
One Washington Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 872-1680; (800) 424-9671

Melrose Hotel
2430 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 955-6400

JW Marriott Hotel Pennsylvania Avenue
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-2000

Hotel Madera
1310 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1502
(202) 296-7600