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Graduation information

Review the steps, below, to learn about the graduation processes.

Please Note: Every student intending to graduate is required to apply to graduate through the WVU Registrar's Office (see step 1, below) but is not required to participate in a WVU Commencement Ceremony. If you choose to participate in a WVU Commencement Ceremony, you must also register to do so and obtain official WVU regalia (see steps 2-4, below).

1. Apply to graduate

ALL STUDENTS MUST FIRST APPLY TO GRADUATE, THROUGH THE WVU REGISTRAR'S OFFICE.
To learn how to apply to graduate, please follow the instructions on the WVU Registrar's websiteOnce they receive your application, the WVU Registrar will review your records and inform you as per whether or not you have completed all requirements for graduation. 

Learn How To Apply

Application Deadline: March 3, 2017

Students planning to graduate in May: If you fail to apply for graduation through the WVU Registrar's Office by the March 3, 2017 deadline, you will not be permitted to graduate or to register to participate in the May Commencement Ceremony. Students who miss this deadline can apply to graduate in August 2017, per WVU graduation guidelines; and will then be permitted to register to participate in the December Commencement Ceremony


Students planning to graduate in August or December 2017: Please see the WVU Registrar's website for updates on graduation application deadlines and December Commencement Ceremony information. 

2. Register to walk in a WVU Commencement Ceremony

May Commencement Ceremony

After you've applied to graduate through the WVU Registrar, if you would like to participate in the May Commencement Ceremony YOU MUST ALSO REGISTER TO WALK BY COMPLETING THE ONLINE FOR BELOW

Registration Deadline: April 14, 2017

Registration Form 

Completing this registration form alerts the CEHS events team to your intended graduation in May and informs them that you would like to participate in the May Commencement Ceremony, so that they can include you in the planning of the event. Students who do not register to participate in the May Commencement Ceremony by the April 14, 2017 deadline will not be permitted to participate. However, they will have the option to register to participate in the December Commencement Ceremony, instead.

Once you've registered, please see May 2017 Ceremony Information and FAQ's for more information about participating in the May Commencement Ceremony. 

December Commencement Ceremony

August and December graduates, as well as those that could not register to participate in the May Commencement Ceremony, can register to walk in the December Commencement Ceremony. Please visit the WVU December Commencement Ceremony website, for more information on registration deadlines and processes as well as participation guidelines.


3. Order required cap, gown, and other optional graduation products

Official WVU regalia is available at the two WVU Bookstore locations, and online through  Herff Jones. Please purchase all caps, gowns, tassels, and hoods prior to the day of your ceremony, as no regalia will be sold at the venue. 

4. Check for any outstanding fees and holds

Students are not allowed to graduate if there are any unpaid fees. Make sure you are set to graduate by following these steps:

  • Visit portal.wvu.edu
  • Log in with your WVU ID and password
  • Select the "Star" tab from the home screen
  • Click on  "Student Services and Housing"
  • Click on  "Student Records"
  • Select the "View Holds" option
Note: to resolve holds, students will need to contact the office, the "Originator" listed, who has placed the hold on their account. 

May 2017 Ceremony Information and FAQ's

When is the ceremony?

Saturday, May 13 at 9:00 a.m.
Check-in for graduates participating in the ceremony will begin at 7:30 am at the WVU Basketball Practice Facility - located to the left of the coliseum. Graduates MUST be checked in before 8:40am, at the very latest, in order to participate. If you are not checked in by 8:40, you will not be permitted to be seated on the floor with other graduates.

After registering, you will line-up by degree program in alphabetical order to process into the coliseum. Volunteers, signage and information given at registration will help make sure you are where you need to be. Please keep your "Reader Card", that you receive when you check in, with you. You must have your reader card during the ceremony to have your name read when you cross the stage.

Download Participant Info Page

Where is the ceremony?

The ceremony will be held at the WVU Coliseum
Address: 3450 Monongahela BLVD, Morgantown, WV 26505

Since this is a non-ticketed event, there is plenty of space for all your family members to attend. If any of your family members have disabilities that need to be considered, please contact WVU's Office of Disability Services at (304) 293-6700 to request special seating accommodations. 

Who is participating?

  • Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts graduates
  • Regents Bachelor of Arts graduates
  • Five-year teacher education graduates
  • Master of Science and Master of Arts graduates
  • Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Audiology graduates
    (CEHS practices the hooding tradition with doctoral degrees.)

What color is associated with my field of study and/or degree for my tassel and hood?

Regents Bachelor of Arts Candidates:

  • White tassels 

Master’s and Bachelor’s Candidates:

  • Child Development and Family Studies – Light Blue
  • Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, Special Education, Educational Leadership, Instructional Design and Technology, Counseling – Light Blue
  • Rehabilitation Counseling – Golden Yellow
  • Reading – Light Blue
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders – Golden Yellow
  • Multidisciplinary Studies – White

(Note: 5-year teacher education graduates wear master’s gowns)

Au.D. Candidates:

  • Green (Can only be purchased at the WVU-HSC Bookstore, 112-G Health Sciences Center)

All Ed.D. Candidates:

  • Light blue

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology Candidates:

  • Dark blue

Ph.D. Communication Sciences and Disorders

  • Golden Yellow tassel, royal blue hood
See the WVU Commencement Attire page for more information about attire requirements. 

Photo Information

Formal and candid photos are taken by GradImages. Please visit the  GradImages website to complete pre-event registration and receive $5.00 off orders of $25.00 or more.

Candid photos are also taken by  West Virginia University Photos. If you would like to order any prints, you can do so on their website. 

Parking Information

At any time throughout the weekend when the Coliseum lot is full, the new large digital signboard will indicate ‘LOT FULL’ and direct you where to go. University Police and Parking Staff will be stationed in strategic locations to help direct traffic. Please view parking map for more information.

Other Useful Links and Information

Students can purchase customized graduation announcements at www.herffjones.com/college/wvu. We also have announcements for sale at the WVU Downtown Bookstore next to the Mountainlair.