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Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need tickets?

Where do I register/check in?

What is the appropriate graduation attire?

Where can I find honor cords, stoles, medallions, etc.?

What color tassel or hood do I wear with my gown?

Where do I stay in Morgantown?

When will I receive my diploma?

What should I do if my diploma arrives damaged or is lost in the mail? 
  • Students must notify the Office of the University Registrar at regarding issues with their diploma within 4 months of their degree conferral date.  Failure to notify the Office of the University Registrar of diploma issues within this timeframe may result in replacement diploma fees and fall under all policies associated with ordering a replacement diploma.

Where do I park for the ceremony?

How long does the ceremony last?

What time do the doors open?

Is there reserved seating?

Do I 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. 
Can I walk in the December Commencement ceremony even if I'm not officially graduating until May?
  • Students are encouraged to participate in the ceremony closest to their actual graduation date. Exceptions to this should be directed to the dean of the school you are graduating from.

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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