Sunday, December 17, 2017
West Chester University will have two undergraduate ceremonies on Sunday, December 17th, 2017.
No personal items can be left in Ehinger Gym during the ceremony.
All guests wishing to attend the commencement ceremony will need a ticket. Please see the Tickets page for more information.
International Students: Please view Instructions to Invite Parents or Relatives for more information on obtaining a visa for this event.
NOTE: There is no rehearsal for Winter 2017 commencements.
Each graduate will receive up to four (4) tickets to their specific commencement ceremony. Because of space constraints at Hollinger Fieldhouse, the University Cannot provide Graduates with more than four guest tickets. No exceptions can be made.
You will have from October 9- November 22 to request tickets. After November 22, you can srequest tickets at the SSI Ticket Window (lower level Sykes Student Union).
Students can pick up tickets from Monday, December 4 through Friday, December 15, 2017 at the SSI Ticket Windo (lower level Sykes Student Union).
Friday, December 15, 2:00 p.m. is the last day to pick up your tickets.
You may submit your cap/gown order with Oak Hall Cap and Gown.
Caps/Gowns may be picked up at the WCU Campus Store, lower level Sykes Student Union.
If you missed the opportunity to order your Cap/Gown via Oak Hall, then you must pick up a Cap/Gown at the WCU Campus Store during the dates/times listed above.
During the ceremony, only diploma covers will be distributed. Paper diplomas will be mailed approximately 60 days after commencement, after the Registrar's Office has verified the completion of all degree requirements.
If there are any outstanding issues that will prevent you from graduating, the Registrar's Office will notify you by mail. Visit the Registrar's page on Diplomas.
During the ceremony, guests may only take photographs from their seats. In order to provide the best opportunity for a quality photograph to document the occasion, a professional photographer will be on stage during the commencement ceremony to take a picture of each graduate with the appropriate dignitary as he/she receives the diploma cover.
Not only will graduating students have the best possible photograph of their accomplishment, their guests will be able to remain seated without the worry of getting close to the stage to "capture the moment."
Legacy Photographics, Inc. will contact each graduate after the ceremony with information on how to purchase photos. If you have any questions, please contact Legacy at 1-800-447-2550 or 610-279-1791.
Honors cords may be purchased in the bookstore by all undergraduate students earning graduation honors (3.25 CUM GPA or higher, based on the last graded semester before graduation). The charge for the cord is $10.
A list of those students who have earned University academic honors has been provided to the bookstore. Students on the list will be entitled to purchase an honors cord. You will need to present a picture ID card when purchasing your honors cord. Students may pick up an honors cord for another student on the list with written permission and an ID card from that student. Please also refer to the Registrar's Graduation Checklist section on Graduation Honors.
In addition to honors cords, a number of University colleges, academic programs, honor societies, organizations, and clubs award special cords, stoles, pendants, and tassels to recognize their graduates. Please view Cords, Stoles, and Regalia for a list of those regalia. Please note that these regalia are not designed or distributed by the University, but by the organizations that sponsor them. However, to avoid duplication, any department or organization interested in introducing additional forms of these regalia should contact the Office of the Vice President of Advancement and Sponsored Research (610.436.3303) prior to creating it.
Senior portraits are taken by Lifetouch at the Sykes Student Union. Visit the Registrar's page on Senior Portraits for more information.