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FAQ

Do I need tickets?

  • Tickets will be required for all families and guests of each graduate. Graduates will be required to register to participate in order to receive a link to request tickets. Graduates will receive SEVEN tickets - one for themselves for check-in at the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility and the others for their guests for entry into the stadium. More information about how to claim tickets and transfer to guests is available on the Ticket Info page.

Where do I register/check in?

  • Graduates will be permitted to check-in at the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility (IPF) 90 minutes prior to ceremony time. Please be sure to have your mobile ticket ready for scanning at the door.

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 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 venues.

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

  • Graduates 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. They will not be available at check-in on Commencement day.
  • Military 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 service.
  • Any 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?

  • The Herff 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?

When will I receive my diploma?

  • Diplomas 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 at 304-293-5355.

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 Registrar@mail.wvu.edu regarding issues with their diploma within four months of their degree conferral date. Failure to notify the Office of the University Registrar of diploma issues within this time frame may result in replacement diploma fees and fall under all policies associated with ordering a replacement diploma.

Where do I park for the ceremony?

  • Guests entering the Blue Lot parking area between the Milan Puskar Stadium and Ruby Memorial Hospital will be directed to available spaces. Signs will be posted and Parking staff and University Police will be on site directing traffic. Guests needing accessible parking will be directed to the Teal and Light Blue lots just beyond.
  • Stadium Parking Map

How long does the ceremony last?

  • The ceremonies are expected to last approximately two - three hours.

What time do the doors open?

  • Gates will open approximately 90 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. 

Is there reserved seating?

  • Tickets will be required for all families and guests of the graduates. Tickets will be limited to keep within the Covid-19 safety and social distancing protocol.
  • Guests who require accessible seating will also need tickets for the accessible seating area. Once you have arrived at the graduation venue, accessible seating ushers will direct you to the ticketed seating areas. 

Do I have to participate in the Commencement ceremony?

  • You are not required 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 May Commencement ceremony even if I'm not officially graduating until August or December?

  • 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.