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May Commencement

Mountaineer Graduation Day

On Saturday, May 16, Mountaineer Nation will gather – virtually – to celebrate May 2020 graduates and all of their achievements. The virtual ceremony begins at 11 a.m. ET on May 16 and will be closed captioned. Everyone's invited: graduates, families, current and future students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University.

Mountaineer Graduation Day is the first of two occasions honoring May 2020 graduates. The second will be a special ceremony December 19 when we'll welcome May grads back to the WVU Coliseum for an unforgettable, in-person celebration. The ceremony for May graduates will be separate from the annual event for August and December graduates.

Please contact us at if you have questions. 

How to Participate


Before the Event

To prepare for Mountaineer Graduation Day, plan to upload your personal content to be shared after the virtual ceremony. You will have the opportunity to upload one of the following:

  • 10-second video


  • Photo with text message

Check your MIX email for a message containing submission instructions. After receiving the instructional email, there will be a one-week window to upload your personal content. We will then send reminders during that week to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate. So, put your thinking caps on now about what you want your message to say – whether it is a short video or text, or even the photo you want to share. And we would love to see you in your caps and gowns!

During the Virtual Ceremony

On May 16 at 11 a.m. ET, you and your guests are invited to join us for the virtual ceremony. Since the virtual ceremony is a broadcast instead of a video conference, there is no limit on who can attend – so invite as many of your friends and family as you'd like!

We also will have some fun ways for you to engage on social media following the ceremony.

After the Event

Keep celebrating! Continue sharing your clips and home celebrations with the hashtag #WVUgrad. 

The content you submitted (10-second video or photo with text) will be available for you and your classmates, friends and  family to view, download and share via email and social media.

Family and Friends

It wouldn't be a graduation celebration without proud families and friends! Please join us May 16 at 11 a.m. ET for the virtual ceremony.

After the ceremony, be ready to share your graduate's content far and wide on social media using #WVUgrad.


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 19 ceremony at the Coliseum.

Latin Honor Cords

Distribution will occur in December ahead of the virtual ceremony.

Future Dates

Check the WVU Academic Calendar for future dates.


Please contact us at with any questions you have along the way.

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.