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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 can be found online. For additional information regarding the graduation application process contact student services. For questions, email Statler-StudentServices@mail.wvu.edu.

May 2018 Commencement

The WVU Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources will host its official Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 12:30 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.

Timeline

11:30 a.m. - All degree candidates report to the Basketball Practice Facility, behind the Coliseum. 

12:30 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.

August Graduates

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.

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 11:30 a.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.

A map of the area around the WVU Coliseum showing the location of the Basketball Practice Facility (directly southwest of the Coliseum) where they are to meet by noon the day of graduation.

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. Students will receive a folder containing a letter informing them of when to expect their diploma.

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/faq

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.

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 10 a.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.

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-StudentServices@mail.wvu.edu


We hope to see you at Commencement!