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 Information

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, 2019.

Graduating students may stay from Monday, May 13, 2019 (after 2pm) to Saturday, May 18, 2019 (by noon) at no charge. This is only available to students who did not live in the area for the duration of spring semester.

Commencement guests may stay from Wednesday, May 15, 2019 (after 10am) to Saturday, May 18, 2019 (by 10am). Rates are $40.00 per person, per night; linens are included in this cost.

For more information on housing accommodations as guests, please visit our Visitor Housing page.


We strive to accommodate those who need special accommodations for medical/disability reasons. Please be sure to inform us what types of needs are needed. This includes, but is not limited to: suites with a bathtub, wheelchair accessibility, shower rails, and lower floors. Once we are aware of any accommodations, we will do our best to ensure they are met.

Our accommodations are much like what you would expect at a hostel; each of our guests will be provided with a twin-XL bed, student desk and chair, a closet/wardrobe, and a dresser. Guests staying in a suite with a private bathroom will be provided toilet paper. We do not provide other items such as toiletries (e.g., shampoo, soap, lotion), washcloths and hand towels, other personal-care items (e.g., hair dryer, hangers, iron), trashcans, refrigerators, microwaves, alarms/clocks, and the like, so please bring any other additional items you may need during your stay. TVs are available for use in the lobby areas.

Check-In and Check-Out

The earliest possible time for check-in is 2 p.m. on the day of your arrival and the latest possible time for check-out is 10 a.m. on the day of your departure.

Information Packet

On-Campus Parking, Transportation and Getting Around

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment Near Gallaudet University

Completing a Request

You can complete the Registration Form online. Once the form is submitted electronically, you will be receiving a copy of the submitted form via e-mail.

Visitor Housing staff will contact you via e-mail to confirm the receipt of the Registration Form and send you the link to make your payment online with your credit/debit card. Payment must be made in full prior to confirming your reservation.

NOTE: Confirmation e-mails will be sent to all Person of Contacts with residence hall and room/suite assignments on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. The residence halls will close on Sunday, May 12, 2019, so we need to confirm that the rooms/suites are available for use prior to sending confirmation e-mails.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 at or via VP/Voice at (202) 250-2002.

Commencement Gifts

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

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