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COVID-19 & Commencement

A message from the Commencement Department:

In accordance with the CDC guidelines for large events and mass gatherings, WGU is cancelling Commencement Weekend in Anaheim planned for May 1-2. We do not make these decisions lightly. At WGU, the health and wellbeing of our graduates, students, faculty, and staff is our top priority.

We are currently reviewing possibilities to reschedule commencements in Charlotte and Anaheim and will provide updates on this website as quickly as possible.

We will continue to monitor the CDC guidelines and provide an update regarding the commencement in Seattle (June 26-27) no later than one month prior to the event. We will share information via our website and via email to registered graduates. We appreciate your patience during this time.

Thank you, 
WGU Commencement 

WGU Commencement in Charlotte/Anaheim FAQs.

Airline inquiries.

Please contact your airline carrier to inquire about your options. The following airline carriers have an information page on how they are working with customers during COVID-19.

Airbnb inquiries.

Please contact Airbnb directly to inquire about your options. Click here for information on how they are working with customers during COVID-19.

Hotel FAQs.

Please contact the hotel directly to inquire about their cancellation policy.

No. WGU does not assist with student/graduate travel. 

Charlotte/Anaheim graduate hotels.

For those of you who booked a hotel under a WGU rate, below are the hotels and their phone numbers. 

Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte City Center
237 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
To cancel, please call:
1-800-627-7468

Springhill Suites Charlotte Uptown
311 East 5th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
To cancel, please call:
1-800-627-7468

AC Hotels Charlotte City Center
220 E Trade St
Charlotte, NC 28202
To cancel, please call:
980-960-9787

Residence Inn Charlotte City Center
220 E Trade St #1400
Charlotte, NC 28202
To cancel, please call:
980-960-9787

Anaheim Marriott Suites
12015 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92840
To cancel: 800-228-9290 or 714-750-1000 

Residence Inn at Anaheim Resort/Convention Center
640 West Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92802
To cancel: 877-688-7165 

Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance
1420 South Harbor Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92802
To cancel: 1-888-236-2427

Springhill Suites Anaheim - Maingate
1160 West Ball Road
Anaheim, CA 92802
To cancel: 714-215-4000

Fairfield Inn Anaheim Resort
1460 South Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92802
To cancel: 800-228-2800 or 714-772-6777 

SpringHill Suites Anaheim Resort/Convention Center
1801 South Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92780
To cancel: 844-473-3953

Courtyard Costa Mesa South Coast Metro
3002 South Harbor Boulevard
Santa Ana, CA 92704
To cancel: 800-321-2211 or 714-545-1001

Cap and gown FAQs.

Yes, once purchased, your cap and gown is yours to keep. Regalia is mailed directly to the purchaser, not the commencement location, so you will receive any previously ordered regalia.

Once a new date is finalized, all information will be published to our website www.wgu.edu/commencement and shared via email to those who have registered. 

Thank you to all graduates who made a generous donation to the Fellow Night Owl Scholarship fund. Graduates can pick up their philanthropy cord at a future commencement or request their cord be mailed to them directly. If this is the case for you, please send an email notification to advancement@wgu.edu. All donations have been honored as charitable contributions and we are grateful for our graduates who have paid it forward to support scholarships for future WGU night owls.

Upcoming commencement FAQs.

We are currently reviewing possibilities to reschedule the commencement in Anaheim and will inform you first on any determinations as quickly as possible.

A decision regarding the commencement in Seattle (June 26-27) will be made soon, and we will share information as quickly as possible. 

There is no expiration on when a graduate can attend a commencement ceremony, one per degree earned. Please visit our website at www.wgu.edu/commencement for a full list of upcoming ceremonies.

Cancellations/rescheduling FAQs.

Please email commencement@wgu.edu to cancel your existing commencement RSVP.

There is no expiration on when a graduate can attend a commencement ceremony, one per degree earned. Please submit an RSVP for the city you would like to attend. The submissions will merge, so you won’t have to worry about duplicate entries.

Yes, you can change your RSVP to a different location. Please submit an RSVP for the city you would like to attend. The submissions will merge.