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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 are disappointed to announce, due to COVID-19, WGU is canceling the remaining in-person commencement weekends for 2020, which include Philadelphia (September 25–26) and St. Louis (November 13–14).  

Although we share in your disappointment, we are happy to announce our third virtual commencement taking place on Saturday, November 14. This ceremony will celebrate graduates who originally registered to participate in one of the cancelled ceremonies as well as others who are eligible. Visit wgu.edu/virtual for more information. 

Bookmark our website, wgu.edu/commencement, for the most up-to-date information on upcoming commencements. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

Thank you, 
WGU Commencement 

WGU Commencement 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. 

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.