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Undergraduate Commencement

Sunday, December 16, 2018
Santander Arena
Reading, PA
10:00 AM

West Chester University will have ONE undergraduate ceremony on Sunday, December 16, 2018.


No personal items can be left in the robing area 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.


  • Announcements will be available to all graduation applicants.
  • Each graduate is entitled to ten (10) standard announcements.
  • You can pick up announcements with your cap and gown at the Bookstore.

Requesting Tickets

Each graduate will receive up to eight (8) tickets to their specific commencement ceremony.

You will have from October 8 - November 21 to request tickets. After November 21,  you can request tickets at the SSI Ticket Window (lower level Sykes Student Union).

Picking Up

Students can pick up tickets from Monday, December 3 through Friday, December 14, 2018 at the SSI Ticket Windo (lower level Sykes Student Union). 

Friday, December 14, 2:00 p.m. is the last day to pick up your tickets. 


  • Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Caps, Gowns, and Hoods


You may submit your cap/gown order with Oak Hall Cap and Gown.

Order your cap and gown. 

  • Cap/gown ordering begins on Monday, October 8, 2018.
  • The deadline to submit your cap/gown order is Friday, November 16, 2018.
  • The deadline to submit your cap and gown order to ship to the WCU Campus Store is Wednesday, November 7, 2018.
    • There is no additional charge for this service.
  • The deadline to submit your cap and gown order to ship to your home is Friday, November 16, 2018.
    • There is an additional fee for this service, which must be paid by credit card when you order.

Picking Up

Caps/Gowns may be picked up at the WCU Campus Store, lower level Sykes Student Union.

  • Pick up begins on Monday, December 3, 2018.
  • Friday, December 14, 2:00 p.m. is the last day to pick up your cap/gown.
  • Hours:
    • Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Friday: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

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.

How to Put on Your Cap, Gown, and Hood

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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.

Honor Cords and Other Special Regalia

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 e-mail the Commencement inbox ( prior to creating it.

Senior Portraits

Senior portraits are taken by Lifetouch at the Sykes Student Union. Visit the Registrar's page on Senior Portraits for more information.

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