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December Commencement

1:30 p.m. December 16, 2016
WVU Coliseum

December Commencement

May Commencement

May 12-14, 2017

May 2016 Commencement  

Steps to Graduate

You must complete the following steps before you are allowed to graduate:

  1. Apply to graduate
    • All students must first apply to graduate. Follow the instructions on how to apply to graduate on the Registrar’s website.
  2. Register to walk
    • After you’ve applied to graduate, tell us if you would like to participate in the graduation ceremony.
      • May graduates – Register to walk through your college’s website.
      • August and December Graduates – Register on this website. You will receive more information through the email address you provided on your graduation application.
  3. Order required cap, gown and other optional graduation products (announcements, invitations, etc.)
    • Official WVU regalia is available at the two WVU Bookstore locations and online at 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. See our Commencement Attire page for more information about attire requirements.
  4. Check for any outstanding fees and holds (unpaid parking tickets, overdue library books, fees, etc.)
    • Students are not allowed to graduate if there are any unpaid fees. Make sure you are set to graduate by following these steps:
      1. Navigate to portal.wvu.edu
      2. Log in with your WVU ID and Password
      3. Select the “STAR” tab from the home screen
      4. Click on “Student Services and Housing”
      5. Click on “Student Records”
      6. Select the “View Holds” option
      *To resolve holds, students will need to contact the office, the “Originator” listed, who has placed the hold on their account.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need tickets?

For December and May commencement, family and guests of a graduate do not need tickets. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

Where do I register and check in?

For December graduation graduates must report to the Coliseum's 2nd level Red Gate one hour before the ceremony to check-in and receive instructions for line-up.

For May graduation details on check in will be announced based on your college's assigned date, time, and location of graduation. Please visit the May Ceremony page for the date, time, and location of your graduation ceremony.

What is the appropriate graduation attire?

All graduates must wear academic regalia (cap and gown). The only substitution for the cap and gown is military dress.

Official WVU regalia is available at the two WVUBookstore locations and online at Herff Jones. Please purchase all caps, gowns, tassels, and hoods prior to Commencement. No regalia will be sold at the venue.

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