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Spring 2021 graduation application closed on Friday, February 19, 2021.

WCU Students at Commencement.


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All students - regardless of level, program, or campus - are responsible for checking their Catamount email. 

If you are having problems with your Catamount email, please contact the IT HelpDesk at 828.227.7487. Be sure to check or deactivate your clutter feature before you contact IT to say that you are having trouble with your Catamount email.

Spring 2021 Commencement Update

After a series of virtual commencement ceremonies due to COVID-19 in 2020, Western Carolina University will resume modified, in-person commencement activities this spring for the class of 2021. The ceremonies will take place the weekend of May 14-16. Additional details will be forthcoming. See the full announcement

Dates and times for spring ceremonies:

  • Friday, May 14, at 6:00 p.m. – The Graduate School 
  • Saturday, May 15, at 10:00 a.m. – College of Education and Allied Professions and David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts
  • Saturday, May 15, at 4:00 p.m. – College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sunday, May 16, at 10:00 a.m. – College of Business and College of Engineering and Technology
  • Sunday, May 16, at 4:00 p.m. – College of Health and Human Sciences

To comply with the governor’s current executive order regarding mass gatherings:

  • Graduates will be required to confirm their participation in spring commencement exercises. Information will be sent via WCU e-mail to graduates from by March 12. Graduates will be required to RSVP in the Marching Order system no later than March 31;
  • Graduates will be allowed two guests and all guests must be ticketed (tickets will be distributed in late April);
  • Face coverings will be required of all graduates and guests; and
  • Commencement will be livestreamed.


Commencement and Degree Conferral FAQ

Please Note: These FAQs were updated September 30, 2020.

If you are no longer able to attend the ceremony, please e-mail to update your status. Please contact the bookstore directly if you have any questions regarding your regalia or returns. The University Bookstore can be reached at 828.227. 7346.

The graduation fee is an application fee. Students who do not walk are still required to pay the fee as it is not a ceremony specific fee.

At this time, it is our understanding that your name recording will be stored until the postponed ceremony. We are unsure if the Marching Order name recording window will reopen, but this information is used to collect your name pronunciation only.

If you did not record your name via the Marching Order system, the name caller will use the most common pronunciation of your name.

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