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December Commencement

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Location:  WVU Coliseum

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  • Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
  • John Chambers College of Business and Economics
  • Reed College of Media

  • Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
  • College of Creative Arts
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • College of Law
  • College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
  • Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Public Health

*NEW* Your personalized graduation video clip

Your special moment on stage will be captured on video and we are gifting you a personalized video clip. Your StageClip will feature screen titles showing your name and commencement date, and will capture the moment you cross the stage and receive your diploma cover. Your StageClip is designed to be downloaded and can be easily shared on your social networks. You will be emailed after your ceremony has taken place to notify you when your clip is available on the StageClip website. Don't forget to tag your StageClip using #WVUgrad


  • Graduates are required to wear caps and gowns. Regalia is available for purchase online from  Herff Jones or in person from the  WVU Bookstore .
  • Doctoral candidates will be hooded onstage by a faculty member of their choice or a WVU administrator. Master’s degree candidates will not be hooded on stage and should wear their hoods to the ceremony.
  • Tickets are NOT required and there are no restrictions on the number of guests a graduate may bring. The ceremony will last approximately two hours.
  • The ceremonies will be webcast for friends and families who are unable to attend in person. The webcast link will go live approximately ten minutes before the start of each ceremony.
  • Diplomas will be mailed after all grades are finalized and certified by the  WVU Office of the Registrar
  • WVU has contracted with  GradImages to provide quality graduation photos of each student. Proofs will be emailed to the student within 72 hours of the ceremony.

DISCLAIMER: Registration to walk in December Commencement is not a record of  degrees awarded. Names listed in the December Commencement program are taken  from applications for graduation made to WVU’s Office of the University  Registrar for August and December 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.

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The survey is now closed. If you still want to provide feedback, please email us at Thank you!  

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.
  5. Check your Mountie Bounty balance
    • If you still have a Mountie Bounty balance 125 days after you graduate, you will be charged a $10 account processing fee. To avoid this, check your balance and either spend those funds or request a refund.
      1. Go to
      2. Enter your WVU username and password.
      3. View your balance from the main page.
      4. If you have a balance, you can either spend it at participating locations or request a refund.



There are many hotels in and around Morgantown that can make your graduation experience a memorable one. Please visit the Mountaineer Country Convention and Visitors' Bureau 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 3rd 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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