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Welcome to Commencement


Embracing our digital world and our commitment to sustainability, we are transitioning to an online Commencement program. View the May 2023 Program.


Live ceremonies may also be viewed remotely online at for those unable to attend in-person.

During the Ceremony

  • Follow all safety guidelines. Masks are not required on WVU campuses but are always welcome.
  • Program Length: 
    Each ceremony will last approximately two hours.
  • Concessions (Coliseum) will be open. Only non-alcoholic beverages will be sold (no food). Please limit your time in the concourse areas and enclosed spaces within the Coliseum.
  • Guests should not approach the stage to take photos, present gifts or congratulate graduates.
  • Need assistance? Ask a WVU volunteer. Look for University volunteers wearing WVU lanyards if you have questions. Volunteers will be stationed at Guest Services tables at the Blue Gate.
  • Lost and Found: Call 304-293-7132. Items will be kept for 90 days.
  • GradImages will provide photography. Graduates will receive an email with a link, within 48 hours but usually sooner, to their photos and can buy prints if they choose.
  • Flowers:  Flowers will be available for purchase. Flower sales benefit the WVU Horticulture Club.

Coliseum Procedure for Graduates

  • University Marshals will guide graduates to sit with their college on the event floor. Graduates will be called up by college to walk up on stage as their name is read to receive their diploma cover and have a photo taken on stage and again before heading back to their seat.
    • Masks are not required on WVU campuses but are always welcome. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the concourse.
    • 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.
  • When the ceremony concludes, graduates will be directed back up the steps to the concourse and may exit to the outside through any of the four gates .
  • Graduates and guests will be dismissed at the same time.