Hullihen Hall

Office of the
Vice President and University Secretary


The Vice President and University Secretary organizes commencement. The university holds one commencement each year in the spring.

Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the Commencement address at the University of Delaware, his alma mater, on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

The University's 165th Commencement ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. in Delaware Stadium, rain or shine, and the event is free and open to the public.

Tickets are not required for general seating; however, tickets will be required for the area accommodating the elderly and those with disabilities.

Due to increased security for this event, those planning to attend should arrive as early as possible. All attendees will be required to go through airport–style magnetometers, and items, such as bags, bottles and umbrellas, will be prohibited. For specific information, visit UD's Commencement website, which will be updated as additional details become available.

"We are honored to have Vice President Biden return to the University of Delaware to deliver this year's Commencement address," said Jeffrey Garland, vice president and University secretary. "The vice president has a remarkable record of public service–to this nation, to the state of Delaware and to this University.

"His distinguished career showcases the power of engagement and the difference that one person can make. I know his insights will be particularly meaningful to our newest graduates as they celebrate their academic accomplishments."

For quick details, please see our Commencement FAQ.

For full details, please see the Spring 2014 Commencement website.

Information about prior commencements can be found on our Prior Commencements page.