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Congrats Class of 2024!

Your degree represents an incredible journey of academic dedication and scholastic accomplishment. Graduation day will mark an important milestone in your academic career.  West Chester University‚Äôs commencement ceremonies serve to salute your success and achievement.  Congratulations to the newest WCU alumni!

Ticket Information

Each graduate will receive up to six (6) tickets per person. Doctoral students will receive up to ten (10) tickets per person.  Graduates should have received an email to request tickets. If you need to make changes to your ticket request, please click here.  If you did not receive an email, please contact commencement@wcupa.edu. 

You are not automatically given tickets so please make sure to request them.

Graduates do not require a ticket. Infants and small toddlers, two years old and younger, who will sit on laps do not need a ticket.

Doors open sixty (60) minutes prior to start time. Tickets may be printed in advance or displayed on a mobile device. All ceremonies will be live streamed for those who do not have a ticket or do not feel comfortable attending.

Caps, Gowns, and Hoods

Ordering - West Chester Location

Please click here to order your cap and gown.

The deadline to submit your cap and gown order to ship to the WCU Campus Store is Sunday, March 24, 2024. There is no additional charge for this service.

The deadline to submit your cap and gown order to ship to your home is Sunday, April 7, 2024. There is an additional fee for this service, which must be paid by credit card when you order.

Picking Up

Caps/Gowns ordered through Oak Hall may be picked up at the SSI Bookstore, lower level Sykes Student Union beginning Monday, April 29, 2024.

Hours:

Monday, April 29 - Thursday, May 2: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 3: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 4: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Monday, May 6 - Thursday, May 9: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 10: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

In addition, The WCU Alumni Association will be distributing t-shirts outside of the Campus bookstore during these times for all graduates!

Ordering - Philadelphia Center

Please click here to order your cap and gown.

You will be prompted to enter your WCU credentials. Once complete, you will be directed to the cap and gown site.

The deadline to submit your cap and gown order to ship to the Philadelphia location is Sunday, March 24, 2024. There is no additional charge for this service.

The deadline to submit your cap and gown order to ship to your home is Sunday, April 7, 2024. There is an additional fee for this service, which must be paid by credit card when you order.

Picking Up

Caps and Gowns that are shipped to the Philadelphia location can be picked up a date and time to be determined later.

Any questions, please email commencement@wcupa.edu.

How to Put on Your Cap, Gown, and Hood

How to put on your own cap, gown and hood.

Diplomas

Paper diplomas will be mailed, to your home address, approximately 6-8 weeks after final grades post, after the Registrar's Office has verified the completion of all degree requirements.

If there are any outstanding issues that will prevent you from graduating, the Registrar's Office will notify you by mail and email. Visit the Registrar's page on Diplomas.

Special Regalia 

Grade Point Honors cords are for undergraduate students only. Graduate students are not eligible for these cords.

A number of University colleges, academic programs, honor societies, organizations, and clubs award special cords, stoles, pendants, and tassels to recognize their graduates. Please view Cords, Stoles, and Regalia  for a list of those regalia. Please note that these regalia are not designed or distributed by the University, but by the organizations that sponsor them. However, to avoid duplication, any department or organization interested in introducing additional forms of these regalia should e-mail the Commencement inbox (commencement@wcupa.edu) prior to creating it.

Request to be added to the official list of cords and stoles must be submitted at least two months prior to commencement ceremony dates.

Senior Portraits & Serpentine Yearbook Information

Senior portraits can be scheduled by visiting: laurenstudios.com. Please use school code: WCU2024.

The Serpentine is the official yearbook of West Chester University. The 2023/24 yearbook will highlight events from this school year. Several yearbook packages are available, and advertisements to congratulate the students may also be purchased. Candid photos may also be submitted to the yearbook for potential inclusion. Please visit the Serpentine Yearbook website for additional information.

Other Graduation Accessories

As you prepare to walk across that stage and into a new chapter of your life, commemorate this milestone with our stunning graduation rings, elegant announcements, and stylish affiliation accessories. 

Rings are crafted with precision and care, symbolizing your hard work and dedication.  Announcements are the perfect way to share your success with loved ones, and affiliation accessories allow you to proudly represent your alma mater or organization.

Order now to make your graduation day even more memorable!