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May Commencement


Thursday, May 11:

Honors College Medallion Ceremony 
6:00 p.m. -Creative Arts Center

Friday, May 12:

Reed College of Media
9:00 a.m. - Coliseum

School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy Ph.D.
9:00 a.m. - Health Sciences Center Okey Patteson Auditorium

College of Law
10:00 a.m. - Creative Arts Center

College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
1:00 p.m. - Coliseum 

College of Creative Arts
2:00 p.m. - Creative Arts Center  

School of Public Health
4:00 p.m. - Health Sciences Center Okey Patteson Auditorium 

Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
4:30 p.m. - Coliseum 

School of Medicine MD
6:00 p.m. - Creative Arts Center

Saturday, May 13:

School of Dentistry
8:00 a.m. - Creative Arts Center 

College of Education and Human Services
9:00 a.m. - Coliseum 

School of Nursing
12:00 p.m. - Creative Arts Center  

Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
1:00 p.m. - Coliseum 

School of Pharmacy
4:00 p.m. - Creative Arts Center  

College of Business and Economics
5:00 p.m. - Coliseum

Sunday, May 14:

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences: Masters and Ph.D. 
9:00 a.m. - Coliseum 

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences: Undergraduate
12:30 p.m. - Coliseum 

School of Medicine Professionals
4:00 p.m. - Coliseum 

Check the  WVU Academic Calendar for  future dates.

DISCLAIMER: Registration to walk in May Commencement is not a record of degrees awarded. Names listed in the May Commencement program are taken from applications for graduation made to WVU’s Office of the University Registrar for May graduation. Registration for graduation does not ensure that graduate names appear in the program and participation in Commencement exercises does not constitute graduation from West Virginia University.

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
      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.



There are 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 visiting needs.

Dorm Rooms

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.

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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