Commencement Housing


Commencement Housing is one of Housing Operations' major housing events each year.

Approximately 800 family members converge at Gallaudet to watch their loved ones participate in Gallaudet University's annual Commencement.

Commencement is always a special time for a Gallaudet graduate. It is a time where the graduate shows family and friends what Gallaudet is all about. Families can take advantage of on-campus housing when their loved ones are one step away from joining the ranks of Gallaudet graduates before them.


Housing is available to those who wish to stay in University residence halls. This is designed to accommodate parents, families, and friends of graduating students every spring as well as off-campus students who are returning for the ceremony.

We are accepting requests on a first come, first serve basis from now until May 1, 2015.

Graduating students may stay from Monday, May 11, 2015 to Saturday, May 16, 2015. Visitors may stay from Wednesday, May 13, 2015 to Saturday, May 16, 2015. Rates are $40.00 per person, per night; linens are included in this cost.


There are two options to make your housing arrangements:

First, you can complete the housing request online by visiting the Online Form. Once the form is submitted electronically, you will be receiving a copy of the submitted form via e-mail.

Second, you can download/print the Housing Request Form then send the completed and signed document(s) to our office via the following:

Postal Address: Office of Residence Life and Housing c/o Visitor Housing, 800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002:

Gallaudet University Office of Residence Life & Housing
c/o Commencement Housing

You can scan the completed forms and e-mail them to


Some questions can be answered through the Graduation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). If you do not find an answer to your question, please contact us using the information above.


If your loved one is graduating, you can order mugs and water bottles from our Family Collection.

We look forward to accommodating you and your stay at Gallaudet University!

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