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October 26, 2024

Fall Virtual Commencement

Commencement
Saturday, October 26*

WGU will hold a Virtual Commencement on Saturday, October 26, 2024, to celebrate our graduates. Virtual commencements allow graduates to watch live or at their convenience with friends and family.

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

*Details subject to change

Graduate Video Clip Submission


RSVP Deadline
Friday, September 13
*Graduates must have an RSVP on file in order to submit a video

Video Submission Deadline
Friday, September 27
Graduates who do not submit a video will be recognized by a slide with the WGU seal while their name is read. Graduates may wear regalia or business dress in their submission. 

Questions, please contact commencement@wgu.edu



 

You’ll be able to view the live stream HERE on October 26, 3:00 pm EDT / 2:00 pm CDT / 1:00 pm MDT / 12:00 pm PDT

RSVP Information

To RSVP, you must have either your Graduation Application submitted to the Student Records department or be enrolled in and only have your final course left, such as capstone or final certification, with the exception of direct hours for field experience or student teaching. If you don’t currently meet this requirement, wait to RSVP until the requirement is met.

Students who are enrolled in their final course may submit an email to commencement@wgu.edu with “Final Course” in subject line along with desired commencement ceremony.

For more information, review the Commencement Ceremony Participation Guidelines.

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

Attention iOS users (iPhone/iPad): please use Chrome or Firefox browser to submit your ceremony RSVP form. If you use Safari (default iOS browser) to complete your RSVP form, you will receive a false application rejection message. If uncertain, please complete the ceremony RSVP form on a computer rather than your iOS device.

Fall Virtual Commencement Deadlines:

Shipping times may vary and regalia
orders may take 30 days to receive. 
Purchase regalia as soon as possible. 

Keynote Speaker

        Information Coming Soon!

Bachelor's Ceremony Graduate Speakers

Information Coming Soon!

Master's Ceremony Graduate Speakers

Information Coming Soon!

National Anthem Singers

Information Coming Soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

Virtual Commencement FAQs

The virtual commencement features a keynote address, graduate speeches, and a graduate’s moment in the spotlight (conferral of degrees). Graduates are invited to participate live or on their own time. 

 

Graduates who participated in a virtual commencement due to COVID-19 in 2020 or 2021 are welcome to join us for an in-person commencement in the future. As of January 2022, graduates may participate in one commencement ceremony (in-person or virtual) per degree program completed.

Graduates who register and submit a video clip for virtual commencement will have their name announced while their name and degree is displayed on screen.

Graduates who do not submit a video will have their names  read in alphabetical order by college without a video.

When you RSVP for virtual commencement, please note this in the comments section, or email commencement@wgu.edu with this request before the RSVP deadline.

No. After the livestream, the commencement will be organized by segments (e.g. welcome and opening remarks, anthem singer, graduate speeches, keynote speaker, reading of graduate names), allowing graduates to select which content they view.

You can watch virtual commencement on this page, or on our YouTube Channel.

Virtual Commencement Communication FAQs

Communications are sent to the email address provided on the virtual commencement RSVP form. Graduates who register for virtual commencement will receive the following email communications: video clip instructions, deadline reminders, final details with instructions on how to view the virtual commencement, and a survey after commencement. If you have not received an email from us, contact commencement@wgu.edu.

Please check your WGU student email address for a copy of your confirmation email. If you have not received a confirmation email, please contact us at commencement@wgu.edu.

 

Virtual Commencement Video FAQs

Graduates who RSVP for virtual commencement will receive instructions beginning eight weeks before Virtual Commencement until the video deadline, four weeks before Virtual Commencement. If you have not received your video clip instructions, please contact commencement@wgu.edu

Yes, as long your new video clip is submitted by the submissions deadline. 

 

Due to production schedules, late videos will not be accepted for virtual commencement.

The Commencement team is happy to assist you with your video submission. Please email us at commencement@wgu.edu

Regalia FAQs

WGU graduate regalia can be ordered from Oak Hall Cap and Gown.  Please click on the “Virtual Ceremony” tab to place your order. 

We encourage you to wear a cap and gown, but this is not required to participate in virtual commencement. If you choose not to wear regalia or do not have regalia, business professional attire is encouraged.

Diploma Cover FAQs

All graduates who submit a video clip for virtual commencement will receive a complimentary diploma cover via mail.