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Commencement

Graduate Students

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Commencement

Graduate Commencement

Saturday, May 12, 2018 
6:00 p.m. 
Hollinger Fieldhouse

All guests wishing to attend the commencement ceremony will need a ticket. Please see the Tickets page for more information.

International Students: Please view Instructions to Invite Parents or Relatives  for more information on obtaining a visa for this event.

Parking & Directions

Students and their guests are strongly encouraged to park in the following places:

Accesible Parking
Accessible parking will be very limited and will be on a first-come basis. Spectators who need assistance will be allowed to be dropped off at the main entrance to Hollinger Fieldhouse. One (1) family member will be allowed to accompany one person to the special seating area located in Hollinger Fieldhouse. No exceptions will be made.

NOTE: There is no rehearsal for Spring 2018 commencements.

Announcements

  • Announcements will be available to all graduation applicants.
  • Each graduate is entitled to ten (10) standard announcements.
  • You can pick up announcements with your cap and gown at the Office of Graduate Studies.

Master Caps, Gowns, and Hoods

Ordering - West Chester Campus Students

You may submit your cap/gown order with Oak Hall Cap and Gown at www.oakhalli.com/wcupa.

  • Cap/gown ordering begins on Monday, February 26, 2018.
  • The deadline to submit your cap and gown order to ship to the Office of Graduate Studies is Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
    • There is no additional charge for this service.
  • The deadline to submit your cap and gown order to ship to your home is Friday, April 6, 2018.
    • There is an additional fee for this service, which must be paid by credit card when you order.

Ordering - Philadelphia Campus Students

If you are a student at the Philadelphia campus, please click here to order your cap and gown
  • Cap/gown ordering begins on Monday, February 26, 2018.
  • The deadline to submit your cap and gown order to ship to the Philadelphia Campus is Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
    • There is no additional charge for this service.
  • The deadline to submit your cap and gown order to ship to your home is Friday, April 6, 2018.
    • There is an additional fee for this service, which must be paid by credit card when you order.

Picking Up - West Chester Campus Students

Caps/Gowns ordered through www.oakhalli.com/wcupa may be picked up at the Office of Graduate Studies, 102 W. Rosedale Ave.

  • Pick up begins on Monday, April 30, 2018.
  • Friday, May 11, 2018 is the last day to pick up your cap/gown.
  • Hours:
    • Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Friday: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

If you missed the opportunity to order your Cap/Gown via www.oakhalli.com/wcupa, then you must pick up a Cap/Gown at the Graduate Studies Office during the dates/times listed above.

Picking Up - Philadelphia Campus Students

Caps/Gowns ordered through www.oakhalli.com/wcuphiladelphia may be picked up at the Philadelphia location, date and time TBD.

How to Put on Your Cap, Gown, and Hood

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Doctoral Caps, Gowns, and Hoods

This year Doctoral Degree students have two options for ordering gowns:

1. Souvenir Doctoral Regalia: This Doctoral gown is made with Greenweaver fabric with purple panels and bars. Each panel is embroidered with a gold West Chester University Seal. The gown is accompanied by a doctoral hood with gold and purple lining with degree colored velvet and a purple four corner mortarboard and gold tassel. This option is included in your graduation fee and comes at no additional costs.

Souvenir Doctoral

2. Fine Quality Custom Regalia: This Doctoral gown is made of fine quality Jefferson Dalton fabric in majestic purple with purple velvet panels and bars lined with gold cording. Each panel is embroidered with a gold West Chester University Seal. The gown is accompanied with a doctoral hood with gold and purple lining and degree colored velvet with a six corner purple velvet tam with a gold tassel. This option is not included in your graduation fee and comes at an additional cost of $816.05.

Souvenir Doctoral

***The Souvenir Doctoral Regalia includes a 4 corner cap.  If you would like to purchase the six corner purple velvet tam with a gold tassel to accompany this option, you will need to call the custom department at 1-(800) 223-0429 to place a separate order for the TAM ONLY.  The cost for the Tam will be $106 plus tax and shipping.   

Ordering - West Chester Campus Students

You may submit your cap/gown order with Oak Hall Cap and Gown at www.oakhalli.com/wcupa.

  • Cap/gown ordering begins on Monday, February 26, 2018.
  • The deadline to submit your cap and gown order to ship to the Office of Graduate Studies is Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
    • There is no additional charge for this service.
  • The deadline to submit your cap and gown order to ship to your home is Friday, April 6, 2018.
    • There is an additional fee for this service, which must be paid by credit card when you order.

Ordering - Philadelphia Campus Students

If you are a student at the Philadelphia campus, please click here to order your cap and gown
  • Cap/gown ordering begins on Monday, February 26, 2018.
  • The deadline to submit your cap and gown order to ship to the Philadelphia Campus is Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
    • There is no additional charge for this service.
  • The deadline to submit your cap and gown order to ship to your home is Friday, April 6, 2018.
    • There is an additional fee for this service, which must be paid by credit card when you order.

Picking Up - West Chester Campus Students

Caps/Gowns ordered through www.oakhalli.com/wcupa may be picked up at the Office of Graduate Studies, 102 W. Rosedale Ave.

  • Pick up begins on Monday, April 30, 2018.
  • Friday, May 11, 2018 is the last day to pick up your cap/gown.
  • Hours:
    • Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Friday: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

  Diplomas

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. Visit the Registrar's page on Diplomas.

  Photographs

During the ceremony, guests may only take photographs from their seats. In order to provide the best opportunity for a quality photograph to document the occasion, a professional photographer will be on stage during the commencement ceremony to take a picture of each graduate with the appropriate dignitary as he/she receives the diploma cover.

Not only will graduating students have the best possible photograph of their accomplishment, their guests will be able to remain seated without the worry of getting close to the stage to "capture the moment."

Legacy Photographics, Inc. will contact each graduate after the ceremony with information on how to purchase photos. If you have any questions, please contact Legacy at 1-800-447-2550 or 610-279-1791.

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