Update April 17: There are no more tickets available for the Commencement ceremony.

The entire National Labor College community is cordially invited to attend the College’s Closing Convocation and 2014 Commencement to be held on the campus on Saturday, April 26.  This will be a time for the whole labor community to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of the College and the Kirkland Center in carrying out the mission established by the Board of Trustees:

By establishing the physical and intellectual space for the labor movement to imagine its future, the mission of the NLC is to make higher education available to workers, to prepare union members, leaders and staff for the challenges of a changing global environment; and to serve as a center for progressive thought and learning.

There is much to celebrate. The many success stories of the College’s 1300 graduates are a testament to the accomplishments of the College. Each graduate can tell a story of a personal transformation and growth as well as the solidarity that they developed with workers from other unions as they, together, learned how the labor movement built the middle class in our society.

Unlike any other college or university across the United States, NLC succeeded in transmitting the values of the labor movement to successive generations of union members through its programs; responding  to the needs of those in the labor movement for knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to secure their futures and those of their families;  incorporating workplace and union learning into degree programs to provide pathways to degrees for workers; providing  unions and labor-related organizations with a diverse group of leaders who are critical thinkers and skilled communicators; and working  in partnership with unions and other organizations who support the labor movement to provide relevant and collaborative programs that advance the movement.


9:00am    Workers Memorial Day Ceremony, National Workers Memorial

10:30am   Closing Convocation Ceremony & Commencement, Solidarity Hall, Kirkland Center

12:00pm   Reception, Kirkland Center

Information for Graduates

Complete your Intent to Graduate form.  Submission of this form begins the process of clearing you for graduation. Once the intent to graduate form is submitted, the Registrar’s Office will perform a final degree audit to ensure that all course requirements have been satisfied. Once the degree audit has been completed, you will be notified of your graduation status as well as any information pertaining to the graduation ceremony and receipt of your diploma. Timely submission of this document ensures that you will be able to graduate with your classmates. There is a $286 graduation fee, and all outstanding invoices must be paid 30 days prior to graduation.

Complete the following forms whether or not you plan on attending the ceremony.

Review the Commencement Bulletin updated 4/14/14 for a more detailed scheduled as well as more information on seating at the ceremony, when and where to pick up your cap and gown, photography, and more.


NLC has reserved a block of rooms at the Sheraton College Park North, located just over 3 miles from the NLC campus.  To reserve a room at the rate of $109 per night, please call 800-325-3535 or 301-937-4422 and ask for the National Labor College room block.  Rooms in the block are only guaranteed through April 1, 2014.

Travel to NLC

Three major airports service the Metropolitan D.C.-Baltimore area: Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Reagan National Airport (DCA). BWI is the closest and most convenient to campus and includes several major airlines including the unionized budget airlines, Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airlines.