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/check in?
- For December graduation 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.
- 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 WVU Bookstore 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.
Where can I find honor chords, stoles, medallions, etc.?
who have earned cum laude, magna cum laude or summa
cum laude honors will be presented with an honor cord from their
school or college prior to Commencement.
honor cords may be obtained by service members who show proof of service at the WVU Veterans Office. Graduating military
personnel who choose to wear full military dress to their Commencement ceremony
may obtain these cords as a keepsake from WVU in tribute to their
adornments given by academic organizations will be distributed by those organizations.
Unapproved adornments are not permitted.
What color tassel or hood do I wear with my gown?
Jones color guide will help you identify the correct color selection for tassels and hoods. If
your specific major is not listed, staff at the WVU Bookstore can assist you.
Contact you school or college for guidance.
If you are a double major, you
should wear the color of the highest degree you are receiving. If your degrees
are of equal ranking, wear the color of the group with whom you are seated.
Where do I stay in Morgantown?
many hotels in Morgantown that can make your graduation experience a memorable
one. Please visit the WVU Visitor’s Center to find a hotel that suits your
- There are also a limited number of dorm rooms on campus. Please contact Conference and Event Scheduling Office of University Housing at 304-293-2790 for more information.
When will I receive my diploma?
will be mailed in the weeks following the degree conferral. Students will
receive an email to their MIX account when the diploma is shipped, if
the student does not have any financial holds. Tracking numbers will not be
available. If a diploma is being mailed to an address outside of the United
States it may take an additional 4-6 weeks for delivery. For questions
concerning your diploma, please contact the Office of the University Registrar
Where do I park for the ceremony?
will be available at the Coliseum for ceremonies held at that venue. Parking is
limited and on a first come, first serve basis. Parking will also be available at the
Creative Arts Center, and lots on the Evansdale campus. Please see parking maps here, if you have any
parking questions or concerns, please contact University Events at 304-293-7132.
How long does the ceremony last?
ceremony will last approximately two hours.
What time do the doors open?
Doors for the ceremony
will open approximately one hour before the ceremony.
Is there reserved seating?
There is no
reserved seating for graduation ceremonies.
available for handicapped and special seating arrangements through the Office of Accessibility Services at 304-293-6700.
Do I have to participate in the Commencement Ceremony?
You do not
have to participate in the commencement ceremony.
Why wasn’t my name in the program?
Names listed in WVU Commencement programs are taken from applications for graduation made to
the WVU Office of the
University Registrar by students who have completed all of the degree
requirements necessary to graduate. WVU Commencement programs are not an official record of degrees awarded or
inclusive of all individuals who participate in the University’s Commencement
exercises. Questions regarding inclusion should be directed to the WVU
school or college granting the degree.