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May Commencement

Watch the recorded May commencement ceremonies on the webcast site

Thursday, May 9:
Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, 10:00 a.m., Mountainlair Ballroom

International Student Graduate Recognition, 4:00 p.m., The Erickson Alumni Center

Honors College Medallion Ceremony, 6:00 p.m., Creative Arts Center

2019 May Commencement Schedule: May 10 -12

Friday, May 10:

Reed College of Media, 9:00 a.m., Coliseum

   Speaker: Hilde Lysiak, Journalist and Founder of Orange Street News

College of Law, 9:30 a.m., Creative Arts Center

   Speaker: Vincent P. Cardi, 2019 Professor of the Year, West Virginia University

College of Physical Activity & Sports Sciences, 12:00 p.m., Coliseum

   Speaker: Keli Zinn, Deputy Athletic Director, West Virginia University

College of Creative Arts, 12:30 p.m., Creative Arts Center

   Speaker: Jay Chattaway, American Composer

Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Design, 3:00 p.m., Coliseum

   Speaker: Mary Beth Adams, Research Soil Scientist, USDA Forest Service

Air Force ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, 3:30 p.m., Mountainlair Ballroom

School of Public Health, 4:00 p.m., Creative Arts Center

   Speaker: Jan Rader, Chief, Huntington Fire Department

School of Medicine MD, PhD and Masters (Biomedical Sciences, Health Sciences and Clinical & Translational Science), 7:00 p.m., Creative Arts Center

   Speaker: Clay B. Marsh, Vice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences

Saturday, May 11:

College of Education & Human Services, 9:00 a.m., Coliseum

   Speaker: Ellis Ray Williams, Sr.

School of Dentistry, 9:30 a.m., Creative Arts Center

   Speaker: Clay B. Marsh, Vice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences

Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering & Mineral Resources, 12:30 p.m., Coliseum

   Speaker: Sharon O. Flanery, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

School of Pharmacy, 1:00 p.m., Creative Arts Center

   Speaker: Rachel Alexandra Kolar, Class of 2019

School of Nursing, 4:00 p.m., Creative Arts Center

   Speaker: Clay B. Marsh, Vice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences

John Chambers College of Business & Economics, 4:30 p.m., Coliseum

   Speaker: Karen S. Evans, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response    


Sunday, May 12:

School of Medicine Professional Programs, 9:00 a.m., Coliseum

   Speaker: Ron Suskind, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist, Author

Eberly College of Arts & Sciences-Graduate, 12:00 p.m., Coliseum

  Speaker: Judith Gold Stitzel, Professor Emerita of English and Women's Studies, West Virginia University
  and Founding Director, WVU Center for Women's and Gender Studies

Eberly College of Arts & Sciences-Undergraduate, 3:00 p.m., Coliseum

   Speaker: William P. Getty, Former President, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

Check the  WVU Academic Calendar for  future dates.

DISCLAIMER: Registration to walk in May Commencement is not a record of degrees awarded. Names listed in the May Commencement program are taken from applications for graduation made to WVU’s Office of the University Registrar for May 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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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 Morgantown that can make your graduation experience a memorable one. Please visit the WVU Visitor's Center 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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