Commencement Housing Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the frequently asked questions that the Office of Residence Life and Housing have received from inquiries pertaining to housing in University residence halls for the University's Commencement. We will be adding more questions whenever they become frequent.

When can I reserve rooms for commencement?

We are accepting requests on a first come, first serve basis from now until May 1, 2020.

Do you offer a group rate?

No, we do not offer any group rates.  The charges will be based on the number of people who registered as guests.

Is there a limited number of commencement guests?

No, but each person must be assigned to a bed in each room/suite except children who are 2 years old or younger.

Can we stay with the graduating student in a suite?

If there are available beds in the suite, then this is possible.

Can I register my child(ren)?

Yes, you can. All families with children will be assigned to Carlin Hall, Clerc Hall and LLRH6 due to private bathrooms being available. There will be no charge for children under the age of twelve (12).

Will I get a suite with private bathroom?

Yes, all commencement guests will be assigned to Carlin Hall, Clerc Hall and LLRH6. If there's an overflow on requests, then assignments will be made in the residence hall(s) where only community bathrooms are available.

Will linens be provided?

Linens are included in the cost for the visit. Linens include pillow, pillowcase, two sheets, blanket and a towel. However, they will not be exchanged on a daily basis.

What amenities are included in the room?

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 (i.e., 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.

Can I choose a specific residence hall?

Guests will be assigned to specific residence hall(s) according to availability of the suites/rooms along with the needs of each group. 

Do you have special housing accommodations for guests with medical or disability needs?

Yes, we do.  Please be sure to let us know what type of needs you need on the Registration Form. The accommodations include, but are not limited to, suites with bathtubs, wheelchair accessible rooms, showers with railings and being assigned to lower floors.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover).  You will receive an email from our office with online payment information to make the payments online.  Payments must be received by Residence Life Office by May 1, 2020.  Housing assignments will not be given until payments are made in full.  

When will the charges be made on the credit/debit cards?

All charges made by debit/credit cards will be made immediately when payments are made online. 

Is there a cancellation fee?

Yes, if you choose to cancel your request for Commencement Housing any time after May 1, 2020, the cancellation fee is $25.00 per room/suite and it will be deducted from your form of payment. The remaining balance will be refunded to you at the address as indicated on the Commencement Housing form. No refunds for room reservations will be given for late arrivals or early departures.

How long can I stay?

Graduating students:  You can check in on Monday, May 11, and check out on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Graduating students can receive free housing if they do not commute to Gallaudet for the Spring 2020 semester.

Commencement guests:  You can check in on Thursday, May 14, and check out on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

What time is check in and check out?

Graduating students:  You can check in after 2 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2020 and check out by 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

Commencement guests:   You can check in after 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2020 and check out by 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

No early arrivals will be granted.

What if I lose my room key and/or access card?

You can report the lost key/Access card to the residence hall office and a replacement will be given to you. The cost of replacement would be $50.00 for the lost key and $25.00 for the Access card. Payments for the replacement(s) must be made and paid upfront prior to getting a replacement(s).

Where can I get my meals on campus?

The MarketPlace in the Student Union Building will be open for breakfast and lunch.  The cafeteria is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can purchase your meals with cash or credit/debit cards. There are also a variety of local restaurants that are within walking distance.

Where can I get a parking pass?

Parking passes can be purchased at the Department of Public Safety office.  To inquire more about rates, please visit their Campus Parking page.

Am I allowed to bring my dog(s)?

No, Gallaudet University does not allow any kind of pets inside the building unless it is a service dog. According to the handbook, visitors with service animals may bring their service animals on campus without formally registering the animals, but are responsible for ensuring that their service animals have up-to-date immunizations and vaccines in compliance with District of Columbia vaccination requirements at the time of their campus visits.

What am I NOT allowed to bring in the residence hall?

According to the University Handbook, underage drinking, drugs, electric heater or any other items that do not meet the required UV safety and weapons are not allowed.

Will I be able to access the Internet?

Yes. You will find the guidelines on how to get access to the Internet in your Commencement Booking Confirmation via e-mail on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

For more information on Residence Hall Policies, you can browse this link.

Who do I contact if I have further questions?

Please feel free to contact us via email at or via phone/VP at 202.250.2002. We are open on Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.