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Join us we celebrate the classes of in a virtual commencement celebration!


Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Commencement is the most important event and once-in-a-lifetime memory for Gallaudet University’s graduates as well as their families and friends. It is a day to celebrate our graduates’ hard work that goes into the achievement of graduating with Bachelor, Master, Education Specialist, Specialist in School Psychology, and/or Doctoral degrees from Gallaudet University.

Keynote Speaker

The commencement keynote speaker is a notable figure selected to offer advice, reflections, and congratulations to motivate our graduating classes to share their knowledge and skills they learned at the University with the world.

Since 1869, the University selects one distinguished Keynote Commencement Speaker speak to our graduating students. This year, we are honored to have two keynote speakers – Dr. Naomi Caselli of Boston University for the graduate ceremony, and Tim Cook of Apple for the undergraduate ceremony. 
Anthony Di Giovanni

Dr. Naomi Caselli

Boston University
Graduate Ceremony

Tim Cook

Mr. Tim Cook

Undergraduate Ceremony

Student Commencement Speakers

These students will have the opportunity to speak to all the graduating students, family, friends, and the community to share their journeys, experiences, stories, insights, and advice to prepare for the future after Gallaudet University. It is a distinguished honor for a student to be selected as Undergraduate and/or Graduate Commencement Speaker.

We’ve had Undergraduate and Graduate students speak to graduating students since 1991! If you would like to know who were our previous student speakers, our Archives and Deaf Collections updates the list annually


Ms. Kristina Miranda

Graduate Class of 2022 speaker

Molly Feanny

Ms. Molly Feanny

Undergraduate Class of 2022 speaker

Honorary Degree Recipients


Ms. Dorothy Sueoka Casterline, '58

Doctor of Humane Letters


Mr. Carl-Gustaf Croneberg, '55

Doctor of Humane Letters

Lauren Ridloff

Ms. Lauren Ridloff

Doctor of Humane Letters
Honorary Degree Speaker

Professors Emeriti


Dr. MJ Bienvenu

M. Duffy

Dr. Francis Duffy

Professor Emeriti

Dr. Diane Hottendorf

Emeriti Lillie Ransom

Dr. Lillie Ransom