Guests should be seated in Hollinger Fieldhouse 45 minutes before the start of each ceremony. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are required. However, once the gymnasium is full, the doors will be closed.
When the doors to Hollinger Fieldhouse close, all guests will be directed to overflow locations where they will be able to watch the ceremony on a video screen, via a live-stream. The two overflow locations are:
- Merion Science Center, Room 113: Guests arriving after the Hollinger Fieldhouse is closed will first be directed to Merion, Room 113.
- Schmucker Science Center, Rm 151: This will only be used if the Merion room is filled to capacity.
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Seats have been set aside for people with disabilities in need of special seating. Those requiring special seating should check in with an usher when they arrive. We request that only one or two additional guests sit in the seating area reserved for people with disabilities so that there will be sufficient room for those needing the special seating.
A Commencement rehearsal for all graduates will be held on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., in Hollinger Field House.
CAPS, GOWNS, & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Beginning Monday, Dec 2, 2013, caps and gowns ordered through the webpage above may be picked up at the WCU bookstore Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday, Dec 13, 1:00 P.M is the last day to pick up your cap/gown.
If you missed the opportunity to order your Cap/Gown via the Oak Hall webpage, then you must pick up a Cap/Gown at the WCU Bookstore during the dates/times listed above.
Announcements will be available to all graduation applicants. Each graduate is entitled to ten standard announcements. You may pick up your announcements when you pick up your cap/gown.
There are no charges for these items as they are covered by the graduation fee.
During the ceremony, diploma covers only will be distributed. The Registrar will mail diplomas to all graduates who have completed the requirements for their degrees. They will be mailed from the Registrar's Office following posting of final semester grades and verification of graduation requirements. Please allow 60 days.
If there are any outstanding issues that will prevent you from graduating, the Registrar's Office will notify you by mail.
In accordance with University policy, alcoholic beverages are forbidden on University property. In addition, if any student is deemed to have consumed alcohol, or an illegal, controlled substance prior to the ceremony, that student will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.
Students and their guests are strongly encouraged to park in the Sharpless Street or New Street parking garage, or use available street parking.
The use of cell phones and other similar devices during the ceremony cannot be allowed. Please turn off all cell phones when the academic procession starts. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.
During the ceremony, guests may take photographs only from their seats. A professional photography studio will take pictures of each graduate as he or she receives the diploma cover. The studio will contact each participant directly within one month after the ceremony with an opportunity to purchase pictures. You are under no obligation to purchase anything. After the ceremony (when the platform party and faculty have left the area), guests are welcome to come to the stage to take photographs of their graduates.
Refreshments will be available before each ceremony for graduates, at 8 a.m., and at 12:00 p.m., in Ehinger Gymnasium.
Honors cords may be purchased in the bookstore by all undergraduate students earning graduation honors (3.25 CUM GPA or higher, based on the last graded semester before graduation). The charge for the cord is $6.
A list of those students who have earned University academic honors has been provided to the bookstore. Students on the list will be entitled to purchase an honors cord. You will need to present a picture ID card when purchasing your honors cord. Students may pick up an honors cord for another student on the list with written permission and an ID card from that student.
Additional information about assembly and procession procedures for graduates and faculty are available on our web site.
Questions and concerns about commencement, including honors designations, should be directed to the Office of the Registrar, 610-436-3541.