Graduation and Commencement


WCU in Philadelphia Commencement Update

Due to pandemic-related event restrictions in the city of Philadelphia, we are unable to hold a Philadelphia Commencement Ceremony in spring 2021. Therefore, Commencement Ceremonies being held on the West Chester campus this April and May will include students from all university locations. Ceremonies will be held for May, August, and December 2020 graduates, as well as May and August 2021 graduates.*  

All graduates and guests will be required to wear masks, and tickets will be required for guests three years of age and older. The number of tickets per graduate will be announced in March based on current CDC and PA Department of Health Guidelines.  

Please visit for the schedule of ceremonies and full Commencement details. 

If you feel that transportation to the West Chester Campus will be a challenge for you and/or your guests, please click here to let us know by March 19th. We are exploring options for Philadelphia Campus students and need to know just how many graduates may need transportation assistance.   

*Note about graduate students with an August graduation term: Graduate students graduating in August participate in the December ceremony, so graduate students who graduated in August 2020 will participate in the December 2020 ceremony, and graduate students graduating in August 2021 will wait for the December 2021 Commencement. See chart below for further clarification.  

Which Commencement Should I Attend? 

Career Graduation Date Commencement/Graduation Ceremony
Undergraduate May 2020 May 2020
Undergraduate December 2020 December 2020
Undergraduate Winter 20/21 December 2020
Graduate May 2020 May 2020
Graduate Summer 2020 (includes Summer I, II, and Summer Post) December 2020
Graduate December 2020 December 2020


Additional Graduation Information

Visit the WCU Registrar's Graduation and Commencement page for:

  • Check the Graduation Application Timeline
  • Apply for Graduation
  • General Education Review
  • Run Your Degree Progress Report
  • Timeline for Awarding Degrees
  • Clear Holds
  • Graduation Honors Information
  • Financial Aid: Final Checks 
  • Don't Graduate Without #WCUFinLit

Click here for the Commencement homepage.


May/August 2021 Graduates - Cap and Gown Ordering 

Please click here to submit your cap/gown order with Oak Hall Cap and Gown.

Please submit your order by April 19, 2021 to be sure it arrives by May 14, 2021. All caps and gowns will be shipped to the address that you provide Oak Hall Cap and Gown.


Senior Portraits

Senior Portraits will be available on the Philadelphia Campus on Monday, March 1st, and Tuesday, March 2nd from 2:00-8:00PM. Philadelphia Campus students can schedule at with school code 887112. Portraits will be taken in your business attire, and cap & gown. Academic attire will be provided.


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