Virtual Commencement

Frequently Asked Questions

Virtual Commencement is a website dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of Strayer University’s graduates. It includes video, graduate photos, online awards, and online degree presentations, all designed with the University's graduates in mind.

This year, students must complete their degree programs before registering for Virtual Commencement.

To register for Virtual Commencement, graduates must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Have earned an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree in 2014 or at the end of 2013. The Office of the Registrar must approve students for graduation prior to registering for Virtual Commencement;
  • Have applied and been approved for degree conferral;
  • Do not have an outstanding balance with Strayer University; and
  • Have registered for Virtual Commencement by the deadlines listed below.

Register by:

Graduate Profiles Go Live:

May 16, 2014

July 2014

August 15, 2014

October 2014

November 14, 2014

January 2015

February 20, 2015

April 2015

Who is eligible to participate in Virtual Commencement?

Graduates who have officially completed their associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree in 2014; have applied and been approved for degree conferral; and do not have an outstanding balance with Strayer University can participate by registering by the deadlines listed above.

If I don’t graduate until the end of the year, am I still eligible?

Yes, Strayer University will provide 2014 graduates with multiple opportunities to enroll in Virtual Commencement. Please see above for schedule.

If I am eligible, will I be included in Virtual Commencement even if I don’t submit information for my graduate profile such as my photo and hometown information?

No, Virtual Commencement is only for students who opt in by submitting information that will appear on their graduate profile.

How do I know if the photo I send for my graduate profile is high quality?

In order for you to be happy with the way your photo looks on the website, the photo should be:

  • A head shot of you (e.g., head and shoulders)
  • Professional-looking
  • High-quality (minimum size is 186 x 216 pixels)
  • JPEG photo file (Word documents, PDFs and PowerPoint files cannot be accepted)

When will Virtual Commencement go live?

Please see above chart for full schedule.

Can my Virtual Commencement graduate profile be accessed by anyone using the Internet?

Yes, Virtual Commencement is a public website. Since Virtual Commencement is a live website, your graduate profile may appear if someone searches for your name on the Internet.

How will I know the website has gone live?

If you register for Virtual Commencement by the above deadlines and you meet the necessary requirements, then you will receive an email invitation when your profile goes live. If you register but your degree has not yet been conferred, then you will receive an email detailing what steps you still need to take to be eligible.

Are graduates of the Jack Welch Management Institute eligible to participate in Virtual Commencement?

Yes, a special section of the website is dedicated to Jack Welch Management Institute graduates who have earned their executive MBA.

If I am attending a physical commencement ceremony, can I still participate in Virtual Commencement?

Yes, if you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, you are welcome to participate in Virtual Commencement regardless of whether you choose to attend a physical ceremony.

To participate in both, follow these steps:

  1. Apply for degree conferral.
  2. Register to attend the regional ceremony of your choice.
  3. Register for Virtual Commencement by the deadlines listed above.

How do I apply for degree conferral?

To submit your Degree Conferral Application:

  1. Login to your iCampus account.
  2. Click on Student Center and the My Academics tab.
  3. Click the Apply for Graduation link to begin the application process.

I am not interested in participating in Virtual Commencement. How do I receive my diploma?

In order to receive your diploma, you need to complete the Degree Conferral Application once you have finalized registration for your final class(es).

To submit your Degree Conferral Application:

  1. Login to your iCampus account.
  2. Click on Student Center and the My Academics tab.
  3. Click the Apply for Graduation link to begin the application process.

When will I receive my diploma?

You will receive your diploma 4-6 weeks after successfully completing all degree requirements, completing the Degree Conferral Application, and when you have a zero outstanding account balance. Diplomas will be mailed to your home address on file with Strayer University. To update this address, please contact your home campus.

I have not received my diploma. Who should I contact?

Please contact your home campus’ Business Office. They can submit a request on your behalf to the Office of the Registrar to check into the status of your degree conferral application/diploma.

What if I expect to graduate in early 2015?

Please wait to register until you receive the call for submissions for the 2015 Virtual Commencement.

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