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September 25 & 26 Commencement weekend in Philadelphia.

Alumni Celebration 
Friday, September 25

Location: TBA

7-9 pm, EDT

graduation cap from commencement

Saturday, September 26

Check-in: TBA
Ceremony Time: TBA

The Liacouras Center
1776 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19121

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 or by phone 385.428.2085.

RSVP Deadline: Friday, September 11, 2020


Philadelphia deadlines

Alumni celebration in Philadelphia.

Friday, September 25, 7-9 pm, EDT

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 Philadelphia are invited to join us at the Alumni Celebration.

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:

  • Meet and mingle with fellow Night Owls
  • 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 and use code WGUGradPA for a discount on your WGU swag purchase order!

Contact Information

WGU Alumni Celebration in Philadelphia contact:

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

Date: 9/25/2020

Time: 7-9 pm, EDT

WGU Commencement in Philadelphia FAQs

The WGU Commencement in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is scheduled to take place Saturday, September 26, 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, July 26, 2020

Anthem Deadline – Friday, July 31, 2020

Cap and Gown Deadline – Thursday, September 10, 2020

RSVP Deadline – Friday, September 11, 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

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 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


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 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 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  

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 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

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