WCU to Host 16 Spring Commencement Ceremonies
The 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 main 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.
The procession for each hour-long ceremony begins 15 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. Tickets are required. A chronological listing of all main campus ceremonies is included at the end of this release. All ceremonies will be livestreamed. The complete schedule for main campus commencements, information on parking and accessible arrangements, and other details is on the Registrar’s commencement information website.
WCU’s Philadelphia Campus 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
FRIDAY, MAY 13
5:30 p.m. | College of the Sciences & Mathematics | Hollinger
Anthropology & Sociology
6:00 p.m. | University College | Asplundh
SATURDAY, MAY 14
9:00 a.m. | College of the Sciences & Mathematics | Hollinger
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
12:30 p.m. | College of Business & Public Management | Asplundh
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
SUNDAY, MAY 15
9:00 a.m. | College of Health Sciences | Hollinger
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
MONDAY, MAY 16
Philadelphia Campus Ceremonies
Hilton Philadelphia Penn’s Landing
5:00 p.m. | Undergraduate Students
7 :00 p.m. | Graduate Students