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February 21 & 22 Commencement weekend in Dallas.

Alumni Celebration
Friday, February 21

7:00-9:00 pm, CST

Marsalis Hall
Hyatt Regency Dallas
300 Reunion Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75207

graduation cap from commencement

Commencement
Saturday, February 22

Check-in: 8:00 am CST
Ceremony time: 9:30 am CST

Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas
650 S. Griffin St.
Dallas, Texas 75202

Convention Center Parking is $15

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.

Alumni celebration in Dallas.

Friday, February 21 , 7-9 pm, CST

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

All graduates and families who are attending the 2020 WGU Commencement in Dallas are invited to join us at the Alumni Celebration in Dallas.

This event is family-friendly with free entry, light 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 (this is not a dinner)
  • During the weekend visit WGUforlife.com and use code WGUGradTX for a discount on your WGU swag purchase order!

Contact Information

 

WGU Alumni Celebration in Dallas contact: alumni@wgu.edu
WGU Alumni Celebration location ADA and accessibility: alumni.community@wgu.edu
WGU Commencement in Dallas questions: commencement@wgu.edu

Parking and Transit

 

Parking at the Hyatt Regency Dallas:
Self-Parking: $6 per car, $19 + tax overnight
Valet Parking: $17 per car, $32 + tax overnight
See the parking map here.

Parking Payment Information:
Valet: Credit card & cash accepted at valet office
Radish Lot: Credit card accepted at the machines inside the hotel & at the lot exit
B-Lot: Credit card accepted at the machines inside the hotel & at the lot exit

Public Transit:
DART light rail, buses, Amtrak and the free D-Link bus and Dallas Street Car are available at Union Station, conveniently connected to the hotel.

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

Date: 2/21/2020

Time: 7-9 pm, CST

Hyatt Regency Dallas
300 Reunion Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75207

Hotel discounts.

Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Downtown/Reunion District

Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Downtown/Reunion District

310 South Houston St.

Dallas, TX 75202

Room rate: $134

Must book by: EXPIRED

Rate includes: Complimentary valet parking and upgraded wifi

Guarantee:  All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.

Reservation link: Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Downtown/Reunion District

*Subject to availability, limited quantity available.


Aloft Dallas Downtown

Aloft Dallas Downtown

1033 Young Street

Dallas, TX 75202

Room rate: $149 – King loft

Must book by: EXPIRED

Rate includes: Complimentary wifi, bottle water, access to 24-hour fitness center and pool, and coffee in guest rooms and lobby

Parking: $16/night

Guarantee:  One-night room and tax deposit due at the time of reservation.

Cancellation: Reservations subject to a 72-hour cancellation policy.  Deposit is refundable up to 72 hours prior to arrival.  Cancellations 72 hours from the time of arrival will forfeit the one night’s room and tax deposit.

Reservation link: Aloft Dallas Downtown

*Subject to availability, limited quantity available.


The Fairfield Inn & Suites

The Fairfield Inn & Suites

555 Evergreen St.

Dallas, TX 75201

Room rate: $129

Must book by: EXPIRED

Rate Includes: Complimentary hot breakfast buffet, local shuttle (upon request), and Wifi

Parking: $30/day

Cancellation: Reservations subject to a 48-hour cancellation policy. Cancellations 48 hours from the time of arrival will forfeit the one night’s room and tax deposit.

Reservation link: The Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas Downtown

Phone: 214-573-6555 – Ask for Western Governors University room block

*Subject to availability, limited quantity available.


TownePlace Suites

TownePlace Suites

555 Evergreen St.

Dallas, TX 75201

Room rate: $199

Must book by: EXPIRED

Parking: $30/day

Guarantee:  One-night room and tax deposit or credit card guarantee due at the time of reservation.

Cancellation: Reservations subject to a 48-hour cancellation policy. Cancellations 48 hours from the time of arrival will forfeit the one night’s room and tax deposit.

Reservation link: TownePlace Suites Dallas Downtown

Phone: 214-749-5155 – Ask for Western Governors University room block

*Subject to availability, limited quantity available.

WGU Commencement in Dallas FAQs

The WGU Commencement in Dallas, Texas is scheduled to take place Saturday, February 22, 2020.

Check-in location and times coming soon.  Please visit the commencement website for the most up-to-date information. Graduates may download the WGU Commencement app, which will provide the schedule, protocol, maps and more. (Available in the 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. 

Generally, the commencement ceremony lasts 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:

Speaker Deadline – Sunday, December 22, 2019

Anthem Deadline – Friday, December 27, 2019

Cap and Gown Deadline – Thursday, February 6, 2020

RSVP Deadline – Friday, February 7, 2020

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.

Hotel discounts are posted above.

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 also RSVP for the commencement ceremony.

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

To RSVP to attend WGU Commencement Weekend, you must have submitted either:

1. Your graduation application

or

2. Received an approved Commencement Participation Exception from the WGU 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 via email 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 completed RSVP form. Please check your junk box. If you do not see a confirmation email for your ceremony RSVP. Please contact us at commencement@wgu.edu with additional questions. 

Yes. There is not a time limit on when a graduate may 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 should order: cap, bachelor's gown, and tassel. For those earning a master's degree or endorsement preparation program (Educational Leadership), you should order: cap, master's 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 $23 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 $23 in honor of WGU’s 23rd 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 may send an email to 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 containing information about the commencement and student's earned degree. These prepared letters will then be sent to the student to forward them 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.

Visit the graduation application page in the student handbook for the most current information on how to apply for graduation. 

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 January 1, 2020, the graduate name book will be available online as a PDF. The graduate name book is a listing of graduate names and earned degree. Names are compiled from graduation applications processed in six-month cycles.

Note: These graduate name books will not be distributed at commencement. The graduate name book will be published on the WGU Alumni Community website.

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.