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May 2023 Commencement

The Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University is pleased to hold our College Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 12, 2023 at 3:30 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.

Our ceremony is part of WVU’s format for Commencement, in which each college or school hosts its own official ceremony. There is no WVU-wide Commencement ceremony. We are looking forward to a memorable day, and we hope that you will be able to join us. No tickets or reservations are required; there is ample seating at the Coliseum.

Commencement Registration

All graduates interested in participating in the weekend MUST register in advance. The deadline to complete the RSVP will be Friday, May 5, 2023. Registration instructions and additional details will be shared to students in late March.  Register to participate in the May 2023 Commencement

What to Wear

Graduates must wear traditional academic caps and gowns, which can be purchased at the WVU Bookstore or online from Herff Jones. Note: The only exception is military uniforms, which may be worn instead of academic regalia.

All Statler College graduates should wear caps with orange tassels. Ph.D. graduates wear a blue hood and a gold tassel. Students who are graduating with honors will receive their honors cords at the College’s annual Honors Day ceremony, which will be held on April 1, or will receive an email to pick them up from Student Services.

All honors graduates are reminded to bring their cords with them to Commencement. Caps, gowns, tassels, and cords will not be available for distribution at Commencement.

Dressing in light, breathable fabrics is advised. Comfortable shoes are highly recommended!

Ceremony Information

Commencement participants should report to the Basketball Practice Facility (located behind the Coliseum) one hour prior to the start of their ceremony to check-in and line-up for the processional.

Family and friends of graduates should find a seat in the Coliseum upon arrival and not follow their graduate to the student check-in area. Only graduates and faculty will be permitted to enter the Basketball Practice Facility.

Degree candidates will be lined-up for the processional by department, then alphabetically by last name. Degree candidates will hand their Reader Card to the announcer and, as their name is announced, proceed across the stage to receive a diploma cover and congratulations from Dean Mago. Students should return to their seat after exiting the stage.

Doctoral and Master degree candidates will be hooded by their adviser and/or dean at far end of stage before proceeding across the stage.

The ceremony will conclude with the singing of Country Roads.


For those unable to attend in person, the ceremony may be viewed live online at

Additional Information

As we get closer to the event, more information will be sent to the graduate. Please watch your MIX account.

Learn more about WVU's Commencement including information related to clear bag policy, directions, parking maps, etc.


Please contact us at if you have questions.