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August 22 Virtual commencement.

Welcome to virtual commencement at WGU!

In light of the cancellation of WGU Commencement Weekends in Anaheim, Seattle and Denver, WGU is excited to announce another option for graduates who had registered to walk in one of the cancelled ceremonies. WGU will hold a Virtual Commencement on Saturday, August 22, to celebrate these graduates along with any others who are eligible to participate. Virtual commencements allow graduates to participate live or the option to celebrate at their convenience with friends and family at their own commencement watch party.

Please note, graduates who participate in a virtual commencement 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 Facebook page. Bookmark this page for easy navigation on commencement day.

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

Virtual Commencement
Saturday, August 22

LIVE 10:30 a.m. MDT

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.

RSVP Deadline: Wednesday, July 1, 2020

August virtual commencement deadlines

Video Submission

Deadline: Closed
Check your email for submission instructions.

Graduate speakers.

Aileen Richards
Master of Education, Learning and Technology 
Vona, CO 

Aileen Richards is a volunteer firefighter and EMT. Over the years, she’s seen and endured a lot, but after tending to an accident involving teens at the school where she worked, she began to develop post-traumatic stress disorder and secondary trauma.

Aileen Richards

As her anxiety levels rose and she began finding little joy in the things that previously brought light to her life, she coped by diving into her studies at WGU. It was during demonstration teaching with a class of 3rd graders that Aileen began to feel that forgotten light. Now, with her WGU degree in hand, Aileen will continue on the path that brought back that light; she will be a 5th grade teacher this fall. 

Armando Martinez 
Bachelor of Science, Cloud and Systems Administration
Bakersfield, CA

Armando Martinez learned the value of hard work and dedication early in life. Born in a small California town, Armando grew up watching his immigrant parents spend long hours harvesting fruit for low wages, and even joined them in the fields at 8 years old.

Armando Martinez

Wanting better for their son, Armando’s parents encouraged him to pursue an education and find a job that would provide stability and comfort. But in order to get a degree, Armando knew he needed an option that would allow him to work full time while studying. 

WGU was perfect for him. With his parents’ work ethic, he accelerated through his program while earning industry certifications and has now been promoted to Lead Technology Specialist at his company. 


Anthem singer.

Ashley Ferguson
Master of Business Administration
Kent, WA

Ashley Ferguson is no stranger to performance. As a child, she competed in beauty pageants and participated in musical theater. From then on, she has been singing in front of an audience.

Today, Ashley manages the business side of her family’s video game company. In between jobs, she decided that she wanted to pursue a master’s degree. Her husband, who had looked into WGU for himself, suggested she enroll. Since then, Ashley’s been able to apply the knowledge she obtained from her degree program to her role in the family company. 

Ashley Ferguson

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 RSVP for this virtual commencement will be recognized. Each graduate’s name will be announced, while their name and degree will be displayed on screen.

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. 

Virtual ceremony participation and RSVP FAQs.

No, graduates will need to submit a new RSVP for the virtual commencement.

Yes, graduates will have an opportunity to participate in virtual commencement. Please bookmark this website where information will be posted about the next virtual commencement and eligibility guidelines.

To make virtual commencement the best experience possible for our graduates, the ceremony will be limited to the first 1,000 graduates who RSVP.

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 will still be recognized by having their name announced and displayed during 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.

WGU graduate regalia can be ordered from Oak Hall Cap and Gown.

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 participate in virtual commencement will receive a complimentary diploma cover via mail.