University of Fairfax Global Graduation Center

University of Fairfax Global Graduation Center

After years of dedication and hard work, you are about to graduate – let us be the first to congratulate you on your momentous achievement! Below is a list of steps you must complete to qualify for graduation and to receive your cap, gown, regalia, and degree for the online ceremony. Please read carefully and complete all actions necessary. We look forward to seeing you at graduation and congratulations yet again. We cannot wait to see all the good you will achieve in the next phase of your life!

You are Graduating – Here’s what to do next

Step 1: Determine Eligibility

Review your remaining credits and expected graduation date on your degree plan, which can be found in your student portal. Your course requirements must be completed before the date of the ceremony.

Step 2: Complete your assigned Career Services Tasks:

Task 1:  The University is especially interested in the success of our graduates and the employment opportunities each of them achieves. Further, we are very interested in how well the academic programs have prepared you. We are asking you to complete a Graduate Satisfaction Survey to provide us with this essential information about your program you completed. You will receive the Survey via your student email and reminders will be posted on Canvas.

Task 2:  It’s time to commemorate the end of one journey and look forward to your next step. Order your cap and gown now and share in an incredible experience with your classmates, faculty and family.

Task 3:  Please join ANU and UOF Graduates, Students, Faculty and Staff at the 2021 Virtual Graduation June 12, 2021 @12:00 PM EDT!

We are excited to include you in our state-of-the-art Global Virtual Ceremony that commemorates our 2019 graduates impacted by Covid-19, along with our 2020 and 2021 graduates from all corners of the world. We encourage all students, graduates, family & friends to RSVP to attend:

** Orders cannot be placed prior to the end of your graduating Term**

General Global Ceremony Information


You’ve come a long way and graduation is just around the corner. Whether or not you choose to attend the commencement ceremony, you will need to apply for graduation. Let us walk you through the process.

When to Apply for Graduation

All degree candidates are urged to apply for graduation once they enter their final term. Eligibility is based on program completion percentage, earned hours within the program, and institutional grade point average (GPA). These eligibility requirements vary based on each program. Students who are deemed eligible to apply will receive an email requesting that they apply by completing Career Services & Financial Graduate Exits.

Upcoming Graduation Ceremony Dates

Below is a list of upcoming ceremonies and general information regarding University of Fairfax Virtual Annual Graduation.

June 12, 2021 – University of Fairfax Global Graduation

Note: The 2021 Commencement includes graduates who meet all academic requirements during the period of 06/1/2020 to 05/16/2021.

May 21, 2022 – American National University & University of Fairfax Global Graduation

The 2022 ceremony will include graduates who meet all academic requirements during:

 June 12, 2021, to April 23, 2022.

Global Virtual Graduation Ceremony Guide

What is a Virtual Commencement? An online ceremony will feature formal remarks, student speeches and sharable digital slides honoring each graduate.

Guests attending the Global Virtual Graduation

Graduates are responsible for providing all guests with the link to access the live event. 24 hours following the ceremony, graduates will have access to view it on facebook, YouTube, and the University website.

How do I join in on the virtual ceremony?

The university will email you a link to join the virtual ceremony at a yet-to-be-determined time. You can choose to share with family and friends to view at any time after the link to the ceremony becomes active.

What if I do not want to participate in the virtual ceremony?

Graduation candidates are not required to participate in the virtual ceremony, but we do encourage you to.

Graduation Ceremony Expenses

University of Fairfax is an all-inclusive tuition University. If you are not able to participate in the graduation ceremony, we regret adjustments are not issued.

Suggestions on How to Celebrate Graduation Virtually


Graduating from college, or graduate school can be one of life’s most memorable and rewarding milestones. That’s why virtual graduation celebrations are so important right now. Whether it’s your first degree or your third, graduating represents the culmination and recognition of all the hard work you’ve put into studying, taking tests, and studying some more. It’s an important tradition that most of us love to share with our closest friends or family, whether we’re able to celebrate in the same place or not.

Whether you’re throwing a celebration for a recent graduate in your family or you’re the graduate and are hoping to throw your own sort of celebration, there are a handful of ways to get creative and celebrate virtually. The best part: You don’t have to wear (or spend money on) that uncomfortable cap and gown if you don’t want to. Celebrating a major life milestone in the comfort of your pajamas? Now, that doesn’t sound too bad, does it?


1. Create a theme background
Whether the graduate is having a Zoom celebration or not, you can choose a custom theme that will provide the graduate with all the decorations and supplies needed to celebrate this milestone.

2. Have A FaceTime Dinner Party

If you love a good dinner party, consider using a service like Social Studies, which sends dinner party kits (fancy plates and flatware included) right to your door. If there’s one other family or household you really want to celebrate with, send them a fancy kit and then set up a Zoom or FaceTime call to toast and eat together during dinner. It’ll feel (almost) like a fancy dinner out to celebrate the party guest of honor’s graduation.

3. Invite A Special Guest To A FaceTime OR Video Chat

In a world where there aren’t many day-to-day surprises or changes in routine, why not surprise your graduate with something that’s a little outside the box — like a flamingo, goat, or monkey making a special appearance on a call to celebrate their graduation? Jungle Island, an eco-adventure park in Miami, is currently offering a variety of options for your next video chat.


Looking for a graduation party idea that doesn’t involve a screen? Hop in the car and go for a ride. Reach out to the parents of nearby friends with a date and time to take to the porch (stoops, windows and front lawns all work, too) for a drive-by pop-up party. Encourage families to string up some decorations outside their homes and share lots of cheer when you roll by. Or if you need to stay home, ask friends and loved ones to put on a graduation parade graduation parade. The idea is similar to the drive-by celebration except this time, the guest of honor stays put while friends and loved ones roll up in their cars, pausing to shout congratulations from a safe distance. Who says no-contact means no fun?


To commemorate the big day, photos are a must. Even if you’re not going to an “official” ceremony, dress up and have a photoshoot in your cap and gown outside your home.

Not only will it serve as a fun thing to do on graduation day, but it will also be something the graduate can look back on to remember this milestone forever.

Students must register to attend the ceremony 30 days prior to the graduation ceremony date by completing the Career Services Graduate Exit / Registration Form.


Caps and gowns are available through Oak Hall Cap & Gown. Orders can be placed once all academic requirements have been met and your status has been updated to graduate.

Orders may take up to three weeks to process. When you place your order, you will receive an email confirmation confirming it has been accepted.

Order regalia here.

Order Regalia by clicking on your University link:

Order Custom Diploma Frames and Announcements

We believe that earning a degree is a huge accomplishment; therefore, American National University & University of Fairfax have partnered with Jostens to provide graduates access to customized Diploma Frames and Announcement Cards. Jostens offers a variety of payment pay in full and payment plan options.

To access the Jostens ordering site, select your Universities corresponding link below:

Customized Frames

Graduates can click on the diploma frame picture to access the grad pix diploma catalog options. This allows graduates to choose their own customized frame style. Note you will need the diploma sizes when placing your order. ANU diploma size is 8.5 x 11 and the UOF diploma size is 11 x 14.

Graduation Announcements

Celebrate tradition and recognize your achievement with custom graduation announcements. Only Jostens includes your official school colors and symbols.

Graduates can click on the announcements card picture, to access the grad pix photo cards options. This allows graduates to choose their own card style, add their own pictures, and text. They can announce to the world when they are graduating, having an open house, or just to celebrate.


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Please contact your DSO/International Student Advisor if you have any questions or need further assistance. If your last name (surname) begins with A-L, please contact Noelia Guzman Cebrian at If your last name (surname) begins with M-Z, please contact Hannah Graham at

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. If I am attending the Global Graduation, where do I get the link?
A. It will be posted on this site and you will receive an email with the link from Career Services.


Q. If I do not attend graduation, how will I get my diploma?
A. Diplomas are mailed to all graduates to the address the University has on file. You should expect your diploma approximately two to three weeks after your degree is completed and posted. You will receive an email once your diploma is mailed.

Q. How do I obtain my transcript?
A. The University has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide enrollment and degree verifications. Students may also order an official copy of their transcript to verify a degree.

Graduation Regalia:

Q. How do I obtain graduation regalia?
A. Caps and gowns are available through Oak Hall Cap & Gown. Orders will open for each term after the Drop/Add day.

Q. When will I receive my cap and gown?
A. Orders take up to four weeks to process, so be sure to order by the deadline posted on the Global Graduation Info page.

Q. Where can I purchase a graduation video?
A. 24 hours following the ceremony, graduates will have access to view on Facebook, YouTube and the University web site.

Life After Graduation

Submit a Graduate Success Story to be profiled on the University web site and social media. Email for additional information.

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Graduation Contact Information

For additional information regarding graduation, email Career Services.

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