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May Commencement

MAY COMMENCEMENT UPDATE: 03-25-2020

On May 16, 2020 West Virginia University will hold Mountaineer Graduation Day – an online  commencement experience for the Class of 2020 May graduates.
 
This online commencement will include ways for graduates to share their celebration with their classmates, family and friends, as well as special online moments to connect them with the University they love. More information will be shared soon with candidates and their families.
 
In addition, the University will hold a special commencement ceremony for all May graduates on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020 to recognize and celebrate the graduates’ accomplishments. Details regarding next steps to participate in the virtual ceremony will be forthcoming to your Mix e-mail account within the next two weeks.

You may wish to keep your regalia if you plan to participate in the virtual celebration in May and/or the ceremony in December. We are planning several ways for you to interact via social media during the virtual ceremony and you may want to wear your regalia to post photos, videos, etc. We also hope that you are able to participate in the December ceremony at the Coliseum.

Please follow this link to request your Herff Jones ship-to-store regalia order be rerouted to your permanent address. 
However, if you are certain that you will be unable to participate  and purchased your regalia through  Herff Jones , please follow this link to request  a refund .  

If you purchased your regalia through another vendor, please reach out to them for their return policy.


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. 

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 portal.wvu.edu
      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 mymountaineercard.wvu.edu.
      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.

Lodging:

Hotels

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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