Commencement Day Schedule

Commencement Ceremony Schedule

8 to 9:00 a.m.

  • Final opportunity to pick up required caps and gowns in the WOU Bookstore.

9:00 a.m.

  • Graduates should leave extra travel time to ensure they arrive before 9:00 a.m.
  • Lineup begins in the New PE building. Leave personal items at home as there is no secure storage area.
  • Graduates check-in, receive a card and line up according to the assigned number.
  • Honors cords will be distributed by the Registrar’s office. Tassels are worn on the right until after the diploma is received.

9:40 a.m.

  • All participants must be in line. Anyone who arrives after this time will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

9:50 a.m.

  • The processional line begins. Faculty marshals will direct graduates to their seats.

10:00 a.m.

  • The ceremony begins.
  • Rise and remain standing when directed.
  • Proceed in a line to the ramp at the north end of the stage.
  • While walking across the stage, give the card to the reader or the reader’s assistant.
  • Each name will be read.
  • Continue across the stage and down the ramp. Pause for the photographer but don’t stop at the bottom of the ramp.
  • Return to the assigned seat until the ceremony concludes. Move tassels to the left side.
  • Remain seated until the platform party leaves the field.
  • Graduates may then proceed to the Commencement Reception in the Grove (weather permitting) or the Pacific Room of the Werner University Center.


University Registrar

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