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November 20, 2021 Las Vegas

WGU Commencement Weekend in Las Vegas

WGU is returning to in-person commencements! On Saturday, November 20, 2021, WGU will hold an in-person commencement at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Registration/RSVP Form

Wow! Our graduates are excited for Commencement in Las Vegas! We have reached capacity for both ceremonies and the RSVP form is now closed. For those unable to register for the ceremony in Las Vegas, and for those planning to participate in a commencement in 2022, please watch this space for the upcoming announcement of our nation-wide schedule. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Registration for In-Person Commencement in Las Vegas is Closed

On September 24th, we reached capacity for both ceremonies.
No late or walk-up registrations will be permitted.

Stay Tuned: 2022 In-Person Commencement Dates

WGU will kick off the 2022 commencement season with a Winter Virtual Commencement on Saturday, January 29. Plans are currently being finalized for 2022 in-person commencements across the nation. Please note, past commencement locations are not guaranteed locations for the 2022 commencement season. The commencement schedule will be announced soon. Visit wgu.edu/commencement for the latest information.  

Vegas Essentials:

Las Vegas (Clark County) is under a mandatory mask mandate. All participants and attendees regardless of vaccination status are required to wear a mask with the exception of children under two. 

Due to the fluid situation of COVID-19, additional state or CDC requirements may be added.

Alumni Celebration 
Friday, November 19

Location: Caesars Palace
Time: Evening 7-9 p.m.

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

Commencement
Saturday, November 20

Thomas & Mack Center 
4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89154

Master's Check-in Time: 8 am, PST
Master's Ceremony Time: 9:30 am, PST
Bachelor's Check-in Time: 12:30 pm, PST
Bachelor's Ceremony Time: 1:45 pm, PST

Alumni Celebration in Las Vegas

Friday, November 19, 7-9 pm, PST

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

All graduates and families who are attending the Fall 2021 WGU Commencement in Las Vegas are invited to join us at the Alumni Celebration in the Octavius Ballroom at Caesars Palace.

This family-friendly event is free to attend and will provide grads and their guests opportunities to connect, enjoy light refreshments, take photos, play games, and celebrate in style. We encourage graduates and guests to dress in business casual attire. Come for the celebration, stay for the fun:

  • Take photos in our social photo booth and share using #WGUgrad
  • Meet Sage the Night Owl
  • Visit our affiliated partnership booths to receive career advice, purchase WGU swag, refer a friend, pick up your WGU Philanthropy Cord, and more
  • Hit the dance floor or play 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 WGUGradLV for a discount on your WGU swag purchase order!
  • Participate in our passport activity for a chance to win a gift code to the WGU Online Store

Contact Information

WGU Alumni Celebration contact: alumni@wgu.edu

WGU Alumni Celebration ADA and accessibility: alumni.community@wgu.edu

WGU Commencement questions: commencement@wgu.edu

Parking Details

SELF - PARKING FEES

Hours: 24/7

  • Free parking to all hotel guests
  • Free parking to Platinum, Diamond, Seven Star members
  • Receive first 3 hours at no charge with valid NV driver license and are subject to self-parking rates thereafter

Hourly Rates*:

  • 1st  Hour free
  • 1 - 3 Hours $15
  • 3 - 24 Hours $18
  • Over 24 Hour $18 (per day or fraction thereof)

*Subject to change for events

VALET PARKING FEES

Hours: 24/7

Weekday:

  • 0 - 4 Hours  $30
  • 4 - 24 Hours $36

Weekend:

  • 0 - 4 Hours  $35
  • 4 - 24 Hours  $40

Prices may be higher during special events

Colosseum Valet is open 24 hours

Augustus Valet open to Seven Stars, Guy Savoy, and Spa guests only

Happy grads with Sage Share your night in pictures & posts using #WGUgrad

Date: 11/19/21

Time: 7-9 pm, PST

Location: Caesars Palace
Octavius Ballroom
3570 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

Note: Masks are required to attend

WGU Commencement in Las Vegas FAQs

COVID-19 & Commencement

Yes. Las Vegas (Clark County) is under a mandatory mask mandate. All participants and attendees regardless of vaccination status are required to wear a mask with the exception of children under two. Due to the fluid situation of COVID-19, additional state or CDC requirements may be added.

WGU Commencement in Las Vegas

The WGU Commencement in Las Vegas is scheduled to take place Saturday, November 20, 2021. The master’s ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. and the bachelor’s ceremony will take place at 1:45 p.m.  

A commencement guidebook will be emailed to each graduate with check-in details, parking, map, and much more.  

Graduates may bring up to 10 guests. Please note, venue seating capacity is subject to change due to the fluid situation of COVID-19 and as mandated by state and CDC guidelines. 

No, but graduates are required to register themselves and guests on the ceremony RSVP form. 

Yes, here are the key deadlines for the ceremony in Las Vegas:

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 – Apply to be a graduate speaker (optional)

Friday, October 8, 2021 – RSVP for commencement

Friday, October 8, 2021 – Apply to sing the national anthem (optional)

Friday, October 29, 2021 – Purchase cap and gown

Monday, November 1, 2021 – Order philanthropy cord

Generally, the commencement ceremony lasts two hours.

Only the names of graduates physically attending and participating in the commencement ceremony will be announced. 

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.

No, but the commencement ceremony may be watched for free on the  WGU YouTube channel.

Did you know that WGU Alumni have access to hundreds of discounts? Log in to BenefitHub to search for deals on flights, hotels, car rentals, and more. 

Commencement Participation & RSVP FAQs

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. 

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 email inbox. If you do not see a confirmation email for your ceremony email commencement@wgu.edu with additional questions. 

No. Once registration has closed, no late additions, including day of (walk-up) will be permitted.

Click on the RSVP button on this page. 

WGU will kick off the 2022 commencement season with a Winter Virtual Commencement on Saturday, January 29. Plans are currently being finalized for 2022 in-person commencements across the nation. Please note, past commencement locations are not guaranteed locations for the 2022 commencement season. The commencement schedule will be announced soon. Visit wgu.edu/commencement for the latest information.   

Yes. There is no time limit on when a graduate may walk in a commencement. Please note, graduates may participate in one commencement ceremony per degree program completed. 

Graduates may walk in one commencement ceremony per degree. As of January 2022, a graduate may participate in one ceremony per degree, either a virtual or in-person ceremony. 

Yes. WGU will kick off the 2022 commencement season with a Winter Virtual Commencement on Saturday, January 29. Sign up here to be notified when the RSVP opens for the virtual commencement.

No. There is no time limit on when a graduate may walk in a commencement. A graduate may only walk once per degree, either a virtual or in-person commencement.

Yes. Plans are currently being finalized for 2022 in-person commencements across the nation. Please note, past commencement locations are not guaranteed locations for the 2022 commencement season. The commencement schedule will be announced soon. Visit wgu.edu/commencement for the latest information.  

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

In order to participate in a commencement ceremony, a student must complete all degree program requirements before the scheduled ceremony.

In order to participate in a commencement ceremony, you must RSVP as soon as possible and prior to the designated deadline.

For deadline information and to RSVP for the commencement ceremony of your choice, use one of the following links: 

Regalia FAQs.

Everything you need to know about your cap, tassel, gown, and 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. 

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

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 while master's degree graduates wear their tassel on the left for the entire commencement ceremony.

A graduate should wear academic attire appropriate to the awarded degree. The master's gown differs 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 a cap, tassel, master's gown, and hood. 

WGU graduates who are veterans or active-duty military will be provided with a military honor cord. For virtual commencements, cords will be shipped to the address provided on their RSVP. For in-person commencements, cords will be picked up at graduate check-in. On your RSVP form, please mark that you are a veteran or on active duty.

Philanthropy Cord FAQs.

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, but it also more importantly supports a legacy that will last for future generations of WGU.

Graduates can receive a philanthropy cord by making a gift of $24 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 donate, 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 $24 in honor of WGU’s 24th anniversary! 

Philanthropy cords may be picked up by visiting the WGU Advancement table at the Alumni Celebration or during graduate check-in before commencement.

If the in-person commencement is canceled, philanthropy cords will be mailed to participating graduates following an official cancellation notice.

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.

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. 

Letter of Invitation for Abroad & Commencement 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.

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. 

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