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October 11 & 12 Commencement weekend in Austin.

Friday, October 11 | Alumni Celebration 

Fairmont Austin
Manchester Ballroom
101 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78701

7-9 pm, CDT

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Saturday, October 12 | Commencement

8:00 am, CDT,  Master's Graduate Check-in
9:30 am, CDT,  Master's Ceremony

12:30 pm, CDT,  Bachelor's Graduate Check-in
1:45 pm, CDT,  Bachelor's Ceremony

Frank Erwin Center
1701 Red River St., Austin, TX 78701

To RSVP, you must have either your Graduation Application submitted or an Approved Commencement Participation Exception from the Records Office. If you don’t currently meet this requirement, wait to RSVP until the requirement is met. Review the Commencement Ceremony Participation Guidelines.

If you have any questions, please contact us at commencement@wgu.edu or by phone 385.428.2085.

Austin deadlines

NOTE:  The deadlines for commencement speakersanthem auditions, and RSVP have passed. We are no longer accepting applications.

 

Frank Erwin Center clear bag policy.

Clear bag policy

Traffic notice.

Graduates and guests driving from I-35 (Dallas), the weekend of October 11-12, should plan ahead as there will be traffic delays due to the UT/OU football game. 

Follow #atxtraffic for latest updates.

Alumni celebration in Austin.

Friday, October 11, 7-9 pm, CDT

Kick-off your commencement weekend with this exclusive alumni celebration in honor of our graduates!

All graduates and families who are attending the 2019 WGU Commencement in Austin are invited to join us in the Fairmont Austin Manchester Ballroom

This event is family-friendly with free entry, refreshments, and games for everyone of all ages to enjoy. We encourage graduates and guests to dress in business casual attire. Come for the celebration, stay for the fun:

  • Meet and mingle with fellow Night Owls
  • Take photos in our social photo booth and share using #WGUgrad
  • Meet Sage the Night Owl
  • Play traditional family-friendly games with a fun WGU twist
  • Enjoy light refreshments and cash bars
  • Participate in our Passport activity for a chance to win a gift code to the WGU store

 

Contact Information

WGU Alumni Celebration in Austin contact: Natalie Carter, natalie.carter@wgu.edu

Alumni Celebration location accessibility & disability accommodations: alumni.community@wgu.edu

WGU Commencement in Austin questions: commencement@wgu.edu

WGU Grad with Sage Share your night in pictures & posts using #WGUgrad

Date: 10/11/2019

Time: 7-9 pm, CST

Fairmont Austin
101 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701

Austin ceremony FAQs.

The WGU Commencement in Austin is scheduled for Saturday, October 12, 2019.

Check-in location and times coming soon, please visit the commencement website for updates. Graduates will be able to download a WGU Commencement app, which will provide the schedule, protocol, and maps. (Available in App Store and Google Play).

You can bring as many guests as you like.

No, but you are required to register yourself and guest count on the ceremony rsvp form. You can RSVP here.

Generally, the commencement ceremony runs 1.5 - 2 hours. 

Only the names of graduates who physically attend and participate in the commencement ceremony will have their names read. 

Yes, here are the key deadlines:

August 16, 2019 – Speaker Deadline

August 19, 2019- Anthem Deadline

September 20, 2019- RSVP Deadline

September 26, 2019- Cap and Gown Deadline

Yes, however, due to limited aisle space, strollers are not permitted in seating sections or in the wheelchair cutouts. Space will be designated (via signage) for stroller parking.

Please arrive dressed in your cap and gown for the commencement ceremony. Due to the number of graduates and schedule, it is not practical to change into regalia at the venue.

Yes, the ceremony rsvp form is a separate process from the graduation application. The completion of the ceremony rsvp form reserves your seat at commencement and generates your name card for the announcer. 

The commencement photos are usually available 2-3 weeks after commencement. Those photos will be available for viewing at http://events.lifetouch.com/wgu.

Not at this time.

Ceremony participation & RSVP FAQs.

In order to participate in a commencement ceremony, a student must complete all degree program requirements before the scheduled ceremony.
Students who are enrolled in the final course(s) of their degree program may send an exception request to records@wgu.edu entitled, “Commencement Ceremony Participation Request” to walk early in a commencement ceremony. The records department will determine if the student is qualified to participate in a commencement ceremony prior to actual degree completion.

  • If the student is enrolled in the final courses of their degree program, the exception request will be approved.
  • If an exception request is approved, the student must still RSVP for the ceremony.

Please review the commencement participation guidelines located in the student handbook, which outlines the eligibility for commencements. 

Please visit the commencement website, which outlines the eligibility and instructions on how to rsvp for a commencement. 

In order to RSVP, you must have your Graduation Application submitted to the Records office and/or an Approved Commencement Participation Exception to walk early submitted to the Records office. It must be processed and approved. If you don’t meet one of these criteria, you will not be able to RSVP at this time and will need to wait to RSVP until you have met these criteria.  

Review the Commencement Ceremony Participation guidelines.

If you have any questions, please contact us at commencement@wgu.edu or by phone 385.428.2085.

After a graduate submits the ceremony rsvp form, a confirmation email is sent to the email address listed on the ceremony rsvp form. Please check your junk box. If you don't see a confirmation email for your ceremony rsvp. Please contact us at commencement@wgu.edu if you have additional questions. 

Yes. There is not a time limit on when a graduate must walk in a commencement. However, graduates may only participate in one commencement ceremony per degree program completed.

No, but you may watch the commencement ceremony for free on the WGU YouTube channel.

Regalia FAQs.

Everything you need to know about your cap, tassel, gown, hood & honor cords.

For bachelor’s degree, post-baccalaureate teacher programs, or endorsement preparation program (English Language Learning), you would order: cap, gown, and tassel. For those earning a master's degree or endorsement preparation program (Educational Leadership), you would order: cap, gown, tassel, and a master's hood.

Oak Hall Cap and Gown is the official regalia vendor (caps, gowns, and hoods) for WGU. The official regalia color for graduates is navy. 

Visit the WGU-Oak Hall Cap and Gown website to place your order, or call 1-800-456-7623 and ask for the Web Department. 

You can order a tassel at the WGU-Oak Hall Cap and Gown website, or by calling 1-800-456-7623 and ask for the Web Department. 

Yes, WGU graduates affiliated with an honor society may wear society pins or honor cords/sashes on their gowns. Teacher graduates affiliated with the WGU chapter of the international honor society of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) may order honor cords at http://www.kdp.org.  

The following hoods are available for purchase at the WGU-Oak Hall Cap and Gown website:

  • Education - blue
  • Business (all MBAs) - drab
  • Information Technology - gold
  • Nursing – apricot
  • Integrated Healthcare Management - salmon
  • Master of Health Leadership - sage green

Prior to the conferral of degrees, bachelor's degree graduates wear the tassel on the right side while master's degree graduates wear their tassel on the left side for the entire commencement ceremony.

A graduate should wear academic attire appropriate to the awarded degree. The master's gown is different from a bachelor's gown. If you already have a cap and tassel, you can order a master's gown as an individual item on the WGU-Oak Hall Cap and Gown website. Please note that the academic attire for a master's graduate includes: cap, tassel, master's gown, and hood. 

WGU graduates who are veterans or active duty military will be provided military honor cords at graduate check-in. On your RSVP form, please mark that you are a veteran or on active duty.

WGU founded WGU Advancement in 2018 as its official fundraising arm dedicated to attracting, allocating, and putting dollars to work so more students have access to an affordable, quality education. WGU Advancement’s operation is the next step in WGU’s ever-growing obsession with students’ success, and a way for the increasing number of WGU graduates, donors, and partners to pay it forward.

The WGU Philanthropy Cord is a blue and gold cord for graduates to wear with their cap and gown on commencement day. The Philanthropy Cord is not only a physical symbol of a graduate’s commitment to WGU, it more importantly supports a legacy that will last for future generations of WGU.

Graduates can receive a Philanthropy Cord by making a gift of $22 or more to WGU’s Fellow Night Owl Scholarship, a fund established to help current WGU students facing financial hardship cross the finish line to graduation. To make a donation, graduates can text “WGUCord” to 41-444 or visit this link.

All WGU Philanthropy Cord donations support WGU’s Fellow Night Owl Scholarship, a fund established to help current WGU students facing financial hardship cross the finish line to graduation. We are asking for $22 in honor of WGU’s 22nd anniversary! 

Philanthropy cord recipients can pick-up their accessory at the Alumni Celebration on Friday evening or during the graduate check-in process on Saturday, at the WGU Advancement table.

Thank you for your generous support! You can donate to the Fellow Night Owl Scholarship by texting “WGUGrad” to 41-444 or by visiting this link

Invitation letters & announcements FAQs.

Yes, students will need to send an email to the records@wgu.edu with the family member's full name, relationship to the student, and foreign address. Once provided, the records department will prepare documents on the official letter containing information about the commencement and student's earned degree. These prepared letters will then be sent to the student, so they may forward them on to the correct parties. It may take 5-10 business days for the letters to be mailed to the student.

Please visit the WGU page on the Jostens site. Jostens is the current provider for commencement announcements. 

Graduation application & diploma FAQs.

Upon completion of a student's last course of study and as soon as the final grade(s) is posted on the Degree Plan, the student may apply for graduation. The student requests a graduation application form from the mentor and the mentor will recommend the student for graduation.  The student then receives an electronic graduation form to fill out and submit automatically to the Graduation Team. Students will be cleared for graduation and mailed a diploma and two copies of their transcripts within 10 working days of receipt of the form, assuming they do not have any outstanding financial obligations or state licensing requirements.  Students should make sure that all financial obligations have been met prior to applying for graduation.  Diplomas and transcripts will be held for students who have not fulfilled financial obligations and/or have remaining licensing requirements for their state.

Graduates attending in person will be recognized individually at Commencement. Your diploma and official transcripts will be mailed to you within 2-3 weeks of receipt of your application for graduation, assuming you have no outstanding financial obligations. If you have any questions, please contact records@wgu.edu.

Graduate name book FAQs.

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 website.

Complete the online order form to have a complimentary book mailed to you. 

No, the records department compiles the list of graduate names from processed graduation applications for the graduate name book.

Graduates who complete their degree during one of these periods will be published in one of these books.

May 27 - December 31, 2017 Graduate Name Book: This book includes graduates from May 27 to December 31, 2017. 
January 1 - June 30, 2018 Graduate Name Book: This book includes graduates from January 1 to June 30, 2018. 
July 1 - December 31, 2018 Graduate Name Book: This book includes graduates from July 1 to December 31, 2018.
January 1 - June 30, 2019 Graduate Name Book: This book includes graduates from January 1 to June 30, 2019. 
July 1 - December 31, 2019 Graduate Name Book: This book includes graduates from July 1 to December 31, 2019.

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 graduation@wgu.edu.