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May 22, 2021 2021 Spring Virtual Commencement

Welcome to 2021 Spring Virtual Commencement at WGU!

graduation cap from commencement

At WGU, the health and wellbeing of our graduates, students, faculty, and staff remain our top priority. We continue to monitor CDC guidelines on the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, WGU has no confirmed plans for 2021 in-person commencements due to this fluid situation. When it is safe to return to in-person commencements, dates and locations of future in-person commencements will be shared on our website, social media, and via email to graduates. 

Although we share in your disappointment of not being able to gather in-person, we will continue to offer virtual commencements as a way to celebrate and honor our graduates. Virtual commencements allow graduates to participate live or to celebrate at their convenience with friends and family at their own commencement watch party.

Please note, graduates who participate in a virtual commencement due to COVID-19 may still join us for an in-person commencement in the future.

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

You'll be able to view the live stream HERE on May 22nd.

Virtual Commencement
Saturday, May 22

LIVE 10:30 a.m. MDT

Important Requirement for Students Nearing Degree Completion 
In order to meet the ceremony RSVP deadline, you must have submitted your Graduation Application or Exception Request to the Records Office by 5 pm, MT, March 17, 2021. Review eligibility guidelines here.

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

RSVP Deadline: March 29, 5 pm, MDT

An RSVP is required to participate in commencement.

RSVP Now

Spring virtual commencement deadlines

Graduate Video Clip Submission
*Graduates must have an RSVP on file in order to submit a video

Deadline: Monday, April 26 at 11 p.m. MDT
Graduates who do not submit a video will be recognized in a list after the video presentations.

Questions, please contact commencement@wgu.edu

Virtual Alumni Celebration.

Friday, May 21, 6 p.m. MST

We're excited to announce another fun Virtual Alumni Celebration! This event is a great way to kick off the Virtual Commencement Weekend where we will celebrate you and your accomplishments!

Tune in live on Facebook and YouTube Friday, May 21 (the night before commencement) at 6 p.m. MST where you will:

  • Hear from some WGU mentors
  • Learn about unique opportunities for graduates
  • Have a chance to participate in fun virtual games and giveaways! 

You won't want to miss it! Don't forget to share the night on social media using #WGUgrad.

If you have any questions contact us by emailing alumni@wgu.edu

3/4 Closeup Photograph of Sage the Night Owl

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 contact us commencement@wgu.edu.

Virtual commencement FAQs.

WGU’s virtual commencement is an opportunity to honor graduates who planned to participate in a scheduled commencement this year but was canceled due to COVID-19. Please note, participating in virtual commencement does not replace a graduate’s option to walk in an in-person commencement in the future.

The virtual commencement program consists of a keynote address, graduate speeches, and the conferral of degrees (reading of names). Graduates are invited to participate live or on their own time.

The link to watch virtual commencement is www.wgu.edu/virtual.

No. The virtual commencement will be posted at www.wgu.edu/virtual and be available for viewing also on WGU Facebook and YouTube for viewing at your leisure. 

Graduates who submit a video for this virtual commencement will be recognized. Each graduate’s name will be announced, while their name and degree will be displayed on screen. Graduates who do not submit a video will be recognized by having their name on a list following their degree.

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, graduates and guests will be able to view commencement content (e.g. graduate speeches and conferral of degrees) by selecting master’s or bachelor’s ceremony.

No. 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. 

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.

Virtual commencement video clip FAQs.

Graduates who RSVP for virtual commencement will receive instructions within two business days. 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 used in the virtual commencement. However, graduates who do not submit a video will still be recognized by having their name on a list following the conferral of degrees.

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

Regalia FAQs.

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

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.

Diploma cover FAQs.

Graduates who submit a video for the conferral of degrees for virtual commencement will receive a complimentary diploma cover after the ceremony.