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May Commencement

2020 May Commencement Schedule: May 15 - 17

Friday, May 15:

College of Law, 9:00 a.m., Creative Arts Center

Reed College of Media, 9:30 a.m., Coliseum

School of Public Health, 12:30 p.m., Creative Arts Center

College of Physical Activity & Sports Science, 1:00 p.m., Coliseum

College of Creative Arts, 3:30 p.m., Creative Arts Center

Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Design, 4:00 p.m., Coliseum

School of Medicine PhD, MS and MD, 7:00 p.m., Creative Arts Center

Saturday, May 16:

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

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

Chambers College of Business & Economics, 12:00 p.m., Coliseum

School of Pharmacy, 12:30 p.m., Creative Arts Center

School of Nursing, 3:30 p.m., Creative Arts Center

Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering & Mineral Resources, 4:00 p.m., Coliseum 


Sunday, May 17:

Eberly College of Arts & Sciences-Graduate, 9:00 a.m., Coliseum

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

School of Medicine Professional Programs, 4:00 p.m., Coliseum

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
      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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