A commencement ceremony is a formal program to celebrate the academic achievement of graduates. The ceremony features a commencement address, student speakers, and conferral of degrees.
Students who are enrolled in the final course(s) of their degree program may send an exception request to firstname.lastname@example.org entitled, “Commencement Ceremony Participation Request” to walk early in a commencement ceremony.
Please be advised any graduate or guest acting in a disruptive or disrespectful manner, as determined by WGU in its sole discretion, at WGU commencements may either not be allowed in the ceremony venue or may be escorted from the ceremony.
Take into consideration the following if decorating your cap for commencement: WGU does not allow content on caps that is considered, in WGU’s sole discretion, obscene, vulgar, defamatory, hateful, inappropriate, profane or that might disregard another’s copyright or third-party rights. All decorations must lie flat on the cap.
Effective in January 2018, WGU will publish graduate name books twice per year. These graduate name books will take the place of the program books that have been distributed during commencement ceremonies in the past.
The graduate name book is a listing of graduate names and degrees completed during a 6-month cycle. The list of graduate names and degrees will be compiled from graduation applications processed during the 6-month cycle.
Note: These graduate name books will not be distributed at commencement. The graduate name book will be published on the WGU Alumni Community web site.
Complete the online order form (opens new window) to have a complimentary book mailed to you. Additional copies may be ordered for $5.
How to Opt Out
If you prefer to not have your name listed in the graduate name book, you have the option to opt out by sending an email to email@example.com.
Students who wish to invite guest(s) from other countries to attend the commencement ceremony may send an invitation letter request to firstname.lastname@example.org entitled “Commencement Invitation Letter Request.”
The Records department will fulfill all invitation letter requests by emailing a PDF of the signed letter to the student’s WGU email address, or to other email addresses upon request with a completed FERPA release (opens new window).
Article Number: 20466, 1524
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