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Commencement

Application for Graduation and Diploma

Students graduating are required to complete an online Application for Graduation and Diploma. The Graduation Application can be completed on-line through the student's portal account. Graduation applications are only good for one semester. If you applied any other semester and did NOT graduate then you will need to re-apply to graduate.

Graduation application deadlines

For additional information regarding the graduation application process, contact Statler Student Services.

May 2020 Commencement

The WVU Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources will host its official Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 4 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.

Graduates and their families will be receiving an official letter of invitation to Commencement, but the ceremony is open to all. No tickets are required, and there is ample seating at the Coliseum.

Register to Walk in the Ceremony

To make your graduation experience a memorable one, we ask that the graduate registered to participate in the Commencement exercises. Please note the registration to participate in Commencement exercise is separate from the graduation application.

Register to walk in the ceremony.

Timeline

3 p.m. - All degree candidates report to the Basketball Practice Facility, behind the Coliseum.

4 p.m. - Commencement Ceremony, Coliseum

Ceremony Program

The ceremony will last approximately two hours. During the ceremony, students will be recognized individually by degree program. Professional photographs will be taken and names announced as each student walks across the stage. Students will return to their seats and then exit the Coliseum in an orderly fashion during the recessional.

What to Wear

Regalia

Graduates must wear traditional regalia (academic caps and gowns), which can be purchased at the downtown or Evansdale WVU Bookstore, 304.293.7467.

All Statler College bachelor's and master's graduates should wear caps with orange tassels.

PhD graduates should wear a blue hood and gold tassel.

The only exception is military uniforms, which may be worn instead of academic regalia.

Honor Cords

Students who are graduating with Latin Honors will receive their honors cords at the College's annual Honors Day ceremony, which will be held in April. If a student does not attend the ceremony they will receive an email to pick them up from Student Services, 141 ESB.

All honors graduates are reminded to bring their cords with them to Commencement. Cap, gowns, tassels and cords WILL NOT be available for distribution at Commencement.

Under the Gowns

Wear business casual clothing with appropriate shoes under your gowns. Keep in mind that there is NO air conditioning in the Coliseum; dressing in light, breathable fabrics is advised.

Where to Go

By 3 p.m., all degree candidates need to have reported to the Basketball Practice Facility, behind the Coliseum. The address for the facility is 3450 Monongahela Blvd, Morgantown, WV 26505.

Map of Evansdale campus showing Coliseum and that students need to meet at basketball practice facility 

Parking

Ample free parking will be available at the Creative Arts Center and the Coliseum, and all University lots will be free and open to the public during Commencement weekend.

Faculty

Faculty are encouraged to attend to help us congratulate our students on their accomplishment.

Faculty who wish to walk in the procession with their department graduates must wear regalia and should report to the Basketball Practice Facility along with their department's graduates.

Useful Information for Graduates and Families

Accessibility Services - Guests who require accessible seating will be served on a first-come, first- served basis. Once you have arrived at the graduation venue accessible seating ushers will assist you to the designated seating areas. Questions? Please email access2@mail.wvu.edu

Diplomas - Diplomas will not be distributed at the ceremony, but will be mailed after all graduates are certified by the WVU Office of the Registrar.

Hydration - Water will be available during registration. Water will not be available during the ceremony; hydrate before-hand. 

Lodging - For information on lodging in Morgantown during Commencement weekend, visit  https://graduation.wvu.edu/may-commencement/lodging

Photography - GradImages is the official photographer for our Commencement. Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. Graduation Images can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or via www.gradimages.com. Guests are not permitted to approach the stage to take personal photos.

Watch Live - The May 2020 Commencement Webcast will be available to view live at the start of the commencement ceremony.   https://webcast.wvu.edu/commencement

Clear Bag Policy

To provide a safer environment for guests and to ease entry into event venues, a Clear Bag Policy will be implemented for all commencement ceremonies, beginning in December 2019.

WVU’s Clear Bag Policy limits the size and type of bags that guests may bring into an event venue.

Starting in December, prohibited items include, but are not limited to, purses larger than a clutch bag, diaper bags, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags, camera bags, any bag larger than the permissible size and non-approved seat cushions or chair backs larger than 16” that have pockets, zippers, compartments or covers.

Guests are allowed to bring the following:

New policy shows that for commencement, a clear bag no larger than 12" x 6" x 12", or a small clutch no larger than 4.5" x 6.5" or a one gallon plastic storage bag are the only bags allowed in the event venues.
  1. One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag, for example).
  2. Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand (4.5” x 6.5”), with or without a handle or strap. A small clutch bag can be taken into the venue in addition to a clear bag.
  3. Bag that is clear plastic, vinyl or pvc and does not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”.
  4. Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at an assigned designated gate.

Guests with prohibited bags cannot enter. Please visit graduation.wvu.edu for details or contact graduation@mail.wvu.edu with questions.

December 2019 Commencement

Potential December graduates of the Statler College will receive an invitation at their local address to participate in the December Commencement, scheduled for  Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 2 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.  

Graduates must report to the Coliseum's 2nd level Country Roads Gate one hour before the ceremony to check-in and receive instructions for line-up.

  • Tickets are NOT required and there are no restrictions on the number of guests a graduate may bring. Each ceremony will last approximately two hours.
  • Graduates are required to wear caps and gowns. Regalia is available for purchase online from  Herff Jones or in person from the WVU Bookstores. Order deadline is November 15, 2019.
  • Doctoral candidates will be hooded onstage by a faculty member of their choice or a WVU administrator. Master’s candidates will not be hooded on stage and should wear their hoods to the ceremony.
  • Diplomas will be mailed after all grades are finalized and certified by the  Office of the University Registrar.
  • Names of the 2019 August and December graduates will be listed in the December 2019 Commencement program. They will not appear in the May 2020 program.
  • To arrange accommodations for graduates or guests with disabilities, please visit our  Accessibility Services page for further instructions.

DISCLAIMER: Registration to walk in December Commencement is not a record of degrees awarded. Names listed in the December Commencement program are taken from applications for graduation made to WVU's Office of the University Registrar for August and December graduation. Registration for graduation does not ensure that graduate names appear in the program and participation in Commencement exercises does not constitute graduation from West Virginia University. Students who have met the academic criteria required for their program of study will have their degree conferred by the University and will receive their diploma in the mail. Please contact the Office of the University Registrar at 304-293-5355 or registrar@mail.wvu.edu with questions regarding diplomas.

Questions - Contact the Office of University Events at graduation@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-7132.

August Graduates

They are invited to participate in the December ceremony. Their names will be listed in the December Commencement program.  

WVU Commencement Weekend

Visit https://graduation.wvu.edu/ for complete information on WVU's Commencement Weekend activities.

Questions - If you have questions or concerns, please email: Statler Student Services


We hope to see you at Commencement!