Kerry Washington delivering Commencement address in 2013

Past Commencement Ceremonies


Rewatch University Commencement ceremonies going back to 2013, including our student speakers and honorary degree recipient speeches.

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Ordering photos and videos

Individual photos were taken of graduates as they crossed the stage during the school celebration ceremonies, and graduates should have received an email link and free passport-sized digital proof of their photos three to seven days after the celebrations. Graduates can place their orders online or call 800-261-2576. Individual photos of students are not taken during Sunday’s University Commencement.

Celebration DVDs

Graduates and parents can purchase DVDs of school celebrations ceremonies and University Commencement through CYP Audio/Video Service, LLC by:

  • calling (301) 938-0468
  • visiting the website
  • emailing a request


Speakers include Savannah Guthrie, Christine Darden, D.Sc. '83, Cindy McCain and Tyriana Evans, B.A. '19.


2019 Full Ceremony



Savannah Guthrie, 2019 Commencement Speaker



Speakers include Dr. Marcia McNutt, President Emeritus Steven Knapp, Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor and Meenu Mathews, B.A. '18.


2018 Full Ceremony



Dr. Marcia McNutt, 2018 Commencement Speaker



Speakers include Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill), Lt. Gen. Nadja West, Marty Baron, and Angela Sacko, M.P.P. '17.


2017 Full Ceremony



Sen. Tammy Duckworth, 2017 Commencement Speaker



Speakers include Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Albert Small, Joanna Shields, M.B.A. '87, and Julia Haigney, J.D. '16.


2016 Full Ceremony



Sen. Cory Booker, 2016 Commencement Speaker



Speakers include Apple CEO Tim Cook, Dr. Carole M. Watson, Ph.D. '78, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci and Capt. Richard Ruiz, M.A. '15.


2015 Full Ceremony



Tim Cook, 2015 Commencement Speaker





Speakers include José Andrés, Maudine Cooper, W. Russell Ramsey, B.B.A. '81, and Gabriel Felder, B.A. '14.


2014 Full Ceremony



José Andrés, 2014 Commencement Speaker





Speakers include Kerry Washington, Adm. Thad Allen, Harriet Mayor Fulbright and Alexander Zafran, B.A. '13.


2013 Full Ceremony



Kerry Washington, 2013 Commencement Speaker