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COVID-19 & Commencement

A message from the Commencement Department:

At WGU, the health and wellbeing of our graduates, students, faculty, and staff remain our top priority. We continue to monitor CDC guidelines on the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, WGU has no confirmed plans for 2021 in-person commencements due to this fluid situation. When it is safe to return to in-person commencements, dates and locations of future in-person commencements will be shared on our website, social media, and via email to graduates. 

Although we share in your disappointment of not being able to gather in-person, we will continue to offer virtual commencements as a way to celebrate and honor our graduates. Virtual commencements allow graduates to participate live or to celebrate at their convenience with friends and family at their own commencement watch party.

Please note, graduates who participate in a virtual commencement due to COVID-19 may still join us for an in-person commencement in the future.

To watch the virtual commencement visit this page or WGU’s official YouTube channel. You may also watch via WGU’s official Facebook page. Bookmark this page for easy navigation on commencement day.

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.

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 other options for commencement, including a virtual commencement. 

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. Please note that you do not need to email us if you were registered to attend a commencement that has been canceled. Your RSVP form is updated automatically when a commencement is canceled.

Graduates of WGU may participate in a virtual commencement and also join us for any future in-person commencement of their choosing.

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.