May 13, 2022

WCU to Host 16 Spring Commencement Ceremonies

commencement1The University is dividing its commencement ceremonies into 16 separate services to provide more intimate programs for more than 3,300* spring graduates and their guests. The campus ceremonies take place between Friday, May 13, and Sunday, May 15, in Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building (700 South High Street, West Chester, 19383) and Hollinger Field House (150 University Avenue, West Chester, 19383).

There are 2,470 students* eligible to graduate at West Chester University’s undergraduate commencement ceremonies. Undergraduate students will graduate by department and College. Also, two ceremonies for the 713 graduate-level candidates will take place on Saturday, May 14: The 3 p.m. ceremony in Hollinger for graduates of the Colleges of Business and Public Management, Health Science, Sciences & Mathematics, Arts & Humanities, and the School of Music; and the 4 p.m. ceremony in Asplundh for graduates of the College of Education and Social Work.

In addition, there were several special ceremonies that recognized specific graduating populations with the awarding of special stoles or cords prior to the commencement ceremonies.

  • This is the 30th year that WCU hosted a Kente celebration, which affirms and celebrates the cultural identity of students who identify as Alaskan Native, Asian and Asian American, Black and African American, Caribbean American, Desi American, Latina/o/x, Native American, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Multiracial. The service, at which Kente cloth stoles were awarded, took place Thursday, May 12.
  • Also on May 12, the WCU Honors College hosted a service to award graduating students their cords. This was the second time this program was held.
  • The University’s Dub-C Autism Program (D-CAP), which provides supports to degree-seeking WCU students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), held its first cord ceremony for graduating students.


Commencement2The procession for each hour-long ceremony begins 15 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. Tickets are required. A chronological listing of all campus ceremonies is included at the end of this release. All ceremonies will be livestreamed. The complete schedule for campus commencements, information on parking and accessible arrangements, and other details is on the Registrar’s commencement information website.

WCU’s Philadelphia location will host two commencement ceremonies for May and August 2022 graduates on Monday, May 16, at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing. The undergraduate ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. and the graduate ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. and both will be livestreamed. The procession for each hour-long ceremony begins 15 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. Tickets are required for guests three years of age and older.

* Combined with the numbers of graduates from the University’s fall commencement last December, WCU has graduated a total of 4,640 students (both undergraduate and graduate) for the academic year 2021-2022: 3,527 undergraduates and 1,113 graduates.

West Chester University Spring Commencement Ceremonies Schedule



5:30 p.m. | College of the Sciences & Mathematics | Hollinger


Anthropology & Sociology

Political Science


6:00 p.m. | University College | Asplundh

Interdisciplinary Studies



9:00 a.m. | College of the Sciences & Mathematics | Hollinger


Computer Science


Earth & Space



Pharmaceutical Product Development


9:30 a.m. | College of Business & Public Management | Asplundh

Economics & Finance


12:00 p.m. | College of Education & Social Work | Hollinger

Early and Middle Grades

Secondary Education

Social Work


12:30 p.m. | College of Business & Public Management | Asplundh


Criminal Justice

Geography & Planning


3:00 p.m. | The Graduate School | Hollinger

College of Business & Public Management

College of Health Sciences

College of Sciences & Mathematics

College of Arts & Humanities

School of Music


4:00 p.m. | The Graduate School | Asplundh

College of Education & Social Work



9:00 a.m. | College of Health Sciences | Hollinger



Sports Medicine


9:30 a.m. | College of Arts and Humanities| Asplundh

Communication & Media

Languages & Cultures


12:00 p.m. | College of Health Sciences | Hollinger



Communication Science & Disorders


12:30 p.m. | College of Arts and Humanities | Asplundh



Theater & Dance

Art + Design


Women & Gender Studies


3:00 p.m. | College of Business & Public Management | Hollinger




3:30 p.m. | School of Music | Asplundh

School of Music



Philadelphia Location Ceremonies

Hilton Philadelphia Penn’s Landing


5:00 p.m. | Undergraduate Students


7 :00 p.m. | Graduate Students


Learn more about West Chester University's May Commencement Ceremonies

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