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Guests

Accessibility Services

Guests requiring Accessibility Services for May Commencement should complete the reservations request form as early as possible.

Assistance

Look for Commencement Volunteers wearing WVU lanyards if you have questions. Volunteers will be stationed at Information Kiosks at the Coliseum and Creative Arts Center before, during and after events.

Entrances to the Coliseum

Guests may enter through any of the gates at the coliseum.

Flowers

Flowers will be available for purchase at each venue. Proceeds benefit WVU’s Horticulture and Plant and Soil Sciences clubs.

Lost and Found

Please call 304-293-7132 to report lost and found items.

Parking

Parking information can be found on the WVU Campus Map. Shuttles will be available from parking lots to ceremony locations.

Program Length

Each ceremony will last approximately 2 hours.

Seating

Seating will be plentiful.

Guests should not approach the stage to take photos, present gifts, or congratulate graduates.

Webcast

Live ceremonies may also be viewed remotely online at webcast.wvu.edu.

Guests Traveling from out of Country

For guests needing a letter of invitation if traveling from out of the country. Please fill out this visit letter form. If you have any questions, please visit International Students and Scholar Services 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 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 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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