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The WVU Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources will host its official Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 1 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. 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.

We are looking forward to a memorable day, and we very much hope that you and your family will be able to join us. No tickets  are required, and there is ample seating at the Coliseum.

The commencement timeline is as follows:

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

1 p.m. - Commencement Ceremony, Coliseum

Useful Information for Graduates and Families

General Information - Visit for complete information on WVU's Commencement Weekend activities.

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 Applications deadlines can be found at: Information about graduation procedures and deadlines can be found online on the Statler College Student Services webpage. For questions, email

Accessibility Services - Do you have a family member or friend with any kind of disability who will need special assistance in order to attend and enjoy Commencement Weekend activities? We will help in any way we can. It is very helpful if you request this assistance in advance so we can be sure to make arrangements. Call the Office of Accessibility Services at 304-293-6700, or visit

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.

Diplomas will not be distributed at the ceremony, but will be mailed after all graduates are certified by the WVU Office of the Registrar. Students will receive a folder containing a letter informing them of when to expect their diploma.

Though they are invited to participate in the ceremony, August graduates will not be included in the May Commencement program. Their names will be listed in the December Commencement program.

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.

Lodging - For information on lodging in Morgantown during Commencement weekend, visit

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. 

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 Guests are not permitted to approach the stage to take personal photos.

What to Wear - 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 graduates should wear caps with orange tassels. Ph.D. graduates should wear a blue hood and gold tassel. The only exception is military uniforms, which may be worn instead of academic regalia. 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, men should wear slacks and dress shoes. Women should wear dresses or slacks and shoes. Dressing in light, breathable fabrics is advised.

December 2018 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 15, 2018, at 2 p.m. , at the WVU Coliseum. Check-in will begin at 1 p.m. upstairs above the Country Roads gate. For more information, visit:

The Statler College will host a reception for students and their families prior to the event on December 15, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Erickson Alumni Center. RSVPs are not required.

Questions - If you have questions or concerns, please email:
We hope to see you at Commencement!