Commencement Awards

To be considered for Valedictorian, Outstanding Graduate, or Distinguished Degree Banner Carrier all candidates must meet the qualifications listed below and register to attend a 2015 commencement ceremony before the deadlines listed below. All candidates must be present at their respective commencement ceremony.

2015 Commencement Dates and Deadlines

May 16, 2015 - Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia, 10:00 a.m.
Award Submission Deadline: March 20, 2015

June 27, 2015 - Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 3:00 p.m.
Award Submission Deadline: May 1, 2015

August 8, 2015 – Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina 10:00 a.m.
Award Submission Deadline: June 12, 2015

October 24, 2015 - Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk, Virginia, 10:00 a.m.
Award Submission Deadline: August 28, 2015

December 5, 2015 – Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, Maryland, 3:00 p.m.
Award Submission Deadline: October 2, 2015

Questions? Please contact commencement@strayer.edu

The Outstanding Graduate Award 

To be eligible for the Outstanding Graduate Award, graduates must meet the following qualifications: 

  • Must be receiving a master’s degree.
  • Must have a 4.0 GPA.
  • Must have completed all coursework by the application deadline.
  • Have applied and been approved for degree conferral.
  • Must be present at the ceremony to accept the award.
    Apply for award

Valedictorian

To be eligible for Valedictorian, students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be receiving a bachelor’s degree.
  • Must have a 4.0 GPA.
  • Must have completed all coursework by the application deadline.
  • Have applied and been approved for degree conferral.
  • Must be present at the ceremony to deliver a 3 to 5 minute Valedictorian speech.
    Apply for award

Donald R. Stoddard Faculty Award of Excellence

Faculty members are nominated for outstanding teaching skills, superior ability to motivate students, contribution to a positive learning environment and sincere passion for their profession. Nominate a faculty member.

Degree Banner Carrier

Degree banner carriers lead their fellow graduates in the processional by carrying their degree banner flag. The degree banner carrier is selected and contacted by the commencement committee and is the student with the highest GPA by program who is registered to attend commencement by the Award Nomination Deadline. Degree banner carriers must be present and willing to carry the degree banner in the graduate processional.

Honors Citation at Commencement Ceremonies

Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree students are eligible to have an honor citation announced at commencement who have completed all requirements with a GPA of 3.5 or greater or who are enrolled in their final quarter and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater. Honor citations are not printed in the commencement program.

Associate’s and Bachelor’s honor citations:

  • GPA of 3.5 - 3.69: Cum Laude
  • GPA of 3.7 - 3.89: Magna Cum Laude
  • GPA of 3.9 - 4.0: Summa Cum Laude