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Ceremony Information


Do I have to walk at commencement?

Participation at commencement is an expectation of all students. If you will not be participating in commencement, please e-mail

Do I need tickets for my guests?

WCU’s commencement ceremonies are un-ticketed events. Guests should plan to arrive early.  Doors will open approximately two hours prior to each ceremony.  Shuttle services will be available throughout campus.

Will there be a photographer at commencement?

As each graduate is handed his or her diploma, a picture will be taken by a professional photographer.  Each student will receive an e-mail from the photographer with a link to the photographer's website and instructions to view their graduation photographs.  Additionally, a free color proof will be mailed to the permanent address on record and students have the opportunity to purchase color prints.  If you do not receive a proof within three weeks of the ceremony, please contact or call 800. 722.7033.

What should I expect the day of commencement?

Arrive at least 1 hour before your commencement ceremony.  Doors will open 2 hours before commencement.  Follow the signs to the auxiliary gym at the Ramsey Center.  Do not bring personal items as there is no place for you to store them and you will not return to the auxiliary gym.  Pick up your line-up card.  Your line-up card will include your name and your student ID number.

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