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Commencement

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Commencement

Undergraduate Commencement

Undergraduate Commencement

May 12, 2019
Santander Arena
Reading, PA

9:00 a.m.
College of Arts & Humanities
College of the Sciences & Mathematics
School of Music

Students please plan to arrive at 7:30 a.m.

1:00 p.m.
College of Education & Social Work
College of Health Sciences

Students please plan to arrive at 11:30 a.m.

5:00 p.m.
College of Business & Public Management
School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Students please plan to arrive at 3:30 p.m.

TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR GUEST ADMISSION TO ALL CEREMONIES

As a graduating student of West Chester University, you don't need a ticket to participate in commencement, but tickets are required for your guests including children three (3) years of age or older.

Each graduate will receive up to eight (8) tickets to their specific commencement ceremony. When you order your cap and gown, you will be asked to select how many tickets you need, ranging from 0 - 8.

Check your email and myWCU for further ticket notifications and instructions.

Graduates and guests are advised that commencement tickets are University property and the sale and/or copying of commencement tickets is strictly prohibited.

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

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 Bookstore.

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 Monday, February 25, 2019.
  • The deadline to submit your cap and gown order to ship to the WCU Campus Store is Wednesday, March 27, 2019.
    • 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 5, 2019.
    • There is an additional fee for this service, which must be paid by credit card when you order.

Ordering - Philadelphia Campus Students ONLY

If you are a student at the Philadelphia campus, please click here to order your cap and gown
  • Cap/gown ordering begins Monday, February 25, 2019.
  • The deadline to submit your cap and gown order to ship to the WCU Philadelphia Campus is Wednesday, March 27, 2019.
    • 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 5, 2019.
    • There is an additional fee for this service, which must be paid by credit card when you order.

Picking Up - West Chester Campus

Caps/Gowns ordered through www.oakhalli.com/wcupa may be picked up at the SSI Bookstore, lower level Sykes Student Union.

  • Pick up begins Monday, April 29, 2019.
  • Friday, May 10, 2019 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 SSI Bookstore during the dates/times listed above.

Picking Up - Philadelphia Campus

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

How to Put on Your Cap, Gown, and Hood

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

Diplomas

During the ceremony, only diploma covers will be distributed. Paper diplomas will be mailed approximately 60 days after commencement, 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. 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.

Honor Cords and Other Special Regalia

Honors cords may be purchased in the bookstore by all undergraduate students earning graduation honors (3.25 CUM GPA or higher, based on the last graded semester before graduation). The charge for the cord is $10.

A list of those students who have earned University academic honors has been provided to the bookstore. Students on the list will be entitled to purchase an honors cord. You will need to present a picture ID card when purchasing your honors cord. Students may pick up an honors cord for another student on the list with written permission and an ID card from that student. Please also refer to the Registrar's Graduation Checklist section on Graduation Honors.

In addition to honors 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) priot to creating it.

Senior Portraits

Senior portraits are taken by Lifetouch at the Sykes Student Union. Please call 1-800-687-9327 to schedule an appointment.

Serpentine Yearbook Information

Serpentine, WCU's Annual Yearbook, is ON SALE NOW in LIMITED QUANTITIES!
The 2018 edition will feature our graduating seniors, document the year's events, highlight our sports and student organizations, including Greek Life.

The YEARBOOK is an ARCHIVAL TREASURE to remember THIS MOMENT at WCU.

Order your copy today! (Price includes shipping.)

Senior Bucket List

Make the most of your final days at West Chester University and complete the Senior Bucket List! For more information visit The WCU Foundation website and be one of the first 50 students to hand in the bucket list to receive a free t-shirt May 1st.

Senior Class Gift

Senior Class Gift Ad
Bleed Purple & Give Gold to support your fellow students with the Senior Class Gift. This is an opportunity for the class of 2018 to leave a legacy on campus and give back to the WCU community. Any amount, no matter the size, can make an impact. For an informative video click here, or make your donation.
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