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Graduates

  • Tickets are not required for Commencement. 
  • Free parking is available at the Coliseum and the Canady Creative Arts Center. There will be parking staff and University Police officers stationed to help direct you to the nearest parking area. 
  • Graduates whose ceremonies are being held at the Coliseum should check-in at the Basketball Practice Facility 60 minutes prior to the ceremony time. No one other than the graduate will be permitted into the check-in area.
  • Graduates whose ceremonies are being held at the Canady Creative Arts Center should check-in 60 minutes prior to the ceremony time. Please follow signs to the check-in area posted inside the building. No one other than the graduate will be permitted into the check-in area.
  • Graduates are required to wear caps and gowns. Purchase online from Herff Jones or in person from the WVU Bookstore.
  • All graduates who have earned hoods will be hooded. Hoods will be carried in, draped over the left arm. Hooders should process in and sit with the graduate they are hooding. Faculty are required to wear regalia to participate.
  • Latin honor cords will be distributed by individual colleges prior to graduation day.
  • Each ceremony will last approximately two hours.
  • Graduates needing accessibility services should contact their accessibility specialist.
  • Graduates who were approved to graduate in May 2022 will have their names will be printed in the program.
  • Commemorative programs will be mailed to graduates. Please make sure your permanent address is correct in the system as this is where the programs will be mailed. 
  • 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 48 hours of the ceremony.
  • Questions? Contact the Office of University Events at graduation@mail.wvu.edu.