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March 3-4

Commencement Weekend in New Orleans

Alumni Celebration 
Friday, March 3

Champions Square
Lasalle St, South Entrance
New Orleans, LA 70112
6:00-9:00 pm CST


Saturday, March 4

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 
900 Convention Center Blvd. 
New Orleans, LA 70130 

Master's Ceremony Check-in Time: 8:30 am
Master's Ceremony Time: 9:30 am

Bachelor's Ceremony Check-in Time: 12:30 pm
Bachelor's Ceremony Time: 1:30 pm

Venue Parking Fee: $20
Venue Parking Information

Watch the livestream here!

Master's Ceremony
10:30 am EST / 9:30 am CST / 8:30 am MST / 7:30 am PST

Bachelor's Ceremony
2:30 pm EST / 1:30 pm CST / 12:30 pm MST / 11:30 am PST

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 remaining, such as capstone, final certification, 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 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 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.

New Orleans Commencement Deadlines:

  • RSVP
    Deadline: CLOSED

  • Graduate Speaker Application 
    Deadline: CLOSED

  • Anthem Singer Audition
    Deadline: CLOSED

  • Cap & Gown Ordering 
    Deadline: CLOSED

  • Philanthropy Cord

  • Spirit Necklace

New Orleans Commencement Details:

Parking & Bag Policies

Information coming soon! 

Hotel Discounts

Information Coming Soon!

Alumni Celebration in New Orleans

Friday, March 3


Location and Times coming soon!

Keynote Speaker

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Bachelor's Ceremony Graduate Speakers

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Master's Ceremony Graduate Speakers

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National Anthem Singers

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Alumni Celebration in New Orleans

Friday, March 3, 6-9 pm, CST

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

All graduates and families who are attending the 2023 WGU Commencement in New Orleans are invited to join us for the Alumni Celebration at Champions Square and Club XLIV.

This family-friendly event is free to attend and will provide grads and their guests opportunities to connect, enjoy food trucks, take photos, play games, see a live owl, enjoy a brass band, and dance the night away! We encourage graduates and guests to dress in business casual attire. Come for the celebration, stay for the fun:

  • Take in some local flare and be entertained by a live brass band from 6-7pm!
  • Take photos in our social photo booth and share using #WGUgrad and #WGUSageCoach.
  • 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 selections from a variety of food trucks and self pay bars. 
  • Check out the Krewe of Muses Mardi Gras Shoe Wall inside Club XLIV to snap a photo with the specially made WGU shoe!
  • Participate in our passport activity for a chance to win a gift code to the WGU Online Store.

Contact Information

WGU Alumni Celebration contact:

WGU Alumni Celebration ADA and accessibility:

WGU Commencement questions:

Parking Information

It is recommended to park at Champions Square Garage and enter the event through the south side of La Salle street. Parking is generally $20, but could be subject to change depending on other local events or parking needs.

Date: March 3, 2023

Time: 6-9 pm, CT

Champions Square
Lasalle St, South Entrance
New Orleans, LA 70112

Keynote Speaker

Kevin Carroll
Author and Change Agent

Kevin Carroll is the founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC and the author of three highly successful books: Rules of the Red Rubber Ball, What's Your Red Rubber Ball?!, The Red Rubber Ball at Work and A Kids Book About BELONGING. As an author, speaker, and agent for social change, it is Carroll's "job" to inspire businesses, organizations, and individuals—from CEOs and employees of Fortune 500 companies to schoolchildren to maximize their human potential.

With his consulting endeavors, Kevin has helped turn creative ideas into reality for organizations such as the Starbucks, Nike, Walt Disney Company, NHL, NBA, ESPN, Procter & Gamble, Capital One, and many others.

Raised by his grandparents in Philadelphia, Carroll spent endless hours at the neighborhood playground where he found his calling: a red rubber ball. His subsequent pursuit of play and his "red rubber ball" took him overseas with the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a language interpreter and translator, gaining fluency in Croatian, Czech, Serbian, and German.

After serving in the Air Force for ten years and earning his college degree, Carroll became an athletic trainer at the high school and collegiate levels in Philadelphia.

His expertise in sport performance recognized by the 76ers organization and led to his job as the head athletic trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers in 1995. While at the 76ers, Nike tapped Carroll to bring his unique experiences to the sneaker giant in 1997. Although no job "officially" existed at the time, Carroll was directed to create a position at the company that would add value to the overall mission of the brand.

Carroll has dedicated his life to advancing sports and play as a vehicle for social change and success. He partners with non-governmental organizations and businesses around and was honored to address the United Nations as part of the UN Year of Sports for Development and Peace in 2005. In 2013, Kevin was named by SUCCESS magazine as one of 19 “SEERS – changing the world!”

Carroll holds a M.S. degree in Health Education from St. Joseph's University, a B.A. in Speech Communication with a minor in Physical Education from Angelo State University and an Associates Degree in Interpreting and Translating from the Community College of the Air Force.

Bachelor's Ceremony Graduate Speakers

Damir-Abdualla Kadeen Baahir Harrod-DAR'ROH

Damir-Abdualla, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration, Information Technology in 2022. At 22 years old, Damir-Abdualla is an entrepreneur, creative director, and content curator enveloped in the path of design, fashion, media and most importantly faith. Damir-Abdualla is CEO and creator of AHKIDA MI DAR'ROH, a faith based standing for Family Creedence since 2019.  

Courtney Moore

Courtney Moore is the Director of Development at Carson Valley Medical Center (CVMC) in Gardnerville, Nevada, where she manages fund development activities at the medical center and directs the CVMC Hospital Foundation. 

She completed a bachelor’s degree in business management from WGU in 2023 and is currently pursuing an MBA from WGU.

Courtney truly enjoys philanthropy work, especially working with non-profit organizations. She is an active member in her community and serves as a board member of Tahoe Youth & Family Services in Gardnerville, Nevada, and South Lake Tahoe, California, the Co-Founder of Project Prom of Northern Nevada, and a 2021 graduate of Leadership Douglas County through the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce.

She has been married to her husband, Richard Moore, for 15 years and they have two children, Travis and Riley. In her free time, she enjoys outdoors activities including hiking, snowshoeing, and kayaking.

Master's Ceremony Graduate Speakers

Bianca Cooper

Bianca Cooper has a deep passion for the healthcare industry and currently serves as the Senior Director of Onboarding & Recruiting at NurseDash. 

She is renowned for revamping departments, breaking company records, and creating a culture of inclusiveness. 

Recently, Bianca took over a failing Diabetic Retinopathy Screening program for a large organization, where odds of gradeability on a mobile health clinic were suggested to be 50% at best, and she transformed gradeability to 95% across the country, beating nationwide hospital records.

Bianca also wrote a children’s book, The Map My Moms Gave Me, that made Yahoo! News as one of the best children’s books in 2021.  

She earned her master’s in management and leadership from WGU in 2023 with plans to pursue her Doctorate of Education from Louisiana State University.

Lyndie Eubanks

Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Lyndie Eubanks grew up with three older brothers, an older sister, and a younger sister, where she learned the value of hard work, perseverance, and determination.


Like many WGU students, Lyndie experienced the ups and downs of life during her educational journey and would need to draw on those early experiences. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree from The University of Memphis, her husband passed away, leaving her as the sole provider for their son. Balancing work, family, with her studies, Lyndie persevered and completed her degree. Years later she would earn her MBA from WGU, which she credits helped strengthen her career in an ever-changing work landscape.

Lyndie is a Change Management Consultant with International Paper where she has spent the past decade leading projects within business and HR sectors. She is active on various boards and remains busy inspiring and lifting others.  

Of all of her accomplishments, she remains most proud of instilling the value of hard work and education to her son, who is completing a bachelor’s degree in commercial aviation while he serves in the Tennessee Army National Guard.

Lyndie enjoys reading, teaching herself piano, completing various crafts, volunteering for her church, spending time with her friends and family, and going to the beach. She resides in Collierville, Tennessee, with her husband Jeff, and her son, Connor, and their 4 year-old boxer, Dexter.

National Anthem Singers

Javier Perez

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Javier Perez credits his mom, an immigrant and single parent, as the “most awesome example of hard work and dedication.”

His mom who migrated from Mexico, raised Javier and his sister while fully supporting herself and providing for her family with the hope that her children would enjoy a better life than she had.


Javier has been employed in the medical field for the past 29 years. He recently completed WGU's BSN program and is a proud member of WGU’s National Society of Leadership and Success chapter. He recently joined the world-renowned M D Anderson Hospital as an RN with a determination to impact – and save – countless lives of those battling cancer.  

Amber Swanigan

Teacher, fitness instructor, wife, and mom, are many titles to describe Amber Swanigan. Amber is no stranger to the spotlight as she used to moonlight as a singer and actor in her free time. 

Amber has sung the National Anthem for various events, including college sports, major league baseball, and WNBA basketball games. Currently she is busy being a mom to her two young daughters and is very active in the fitness industry and in her church.  Amber recently completed her master’s in curriculum and instruction at WGU and is excited for the opportunities in her future.

Distinguish Yourself

Ready to take another step toward your next goal, or thinking about the dreams shared by your friends, family, and co-workers who have supported you along your journey?  We invite you to take this next step (and share it with them so they might consider it, too).

Returning graduates and new students who want to further their education are eligible to apply to WGU and to apply for the $5,000 Distinguished Alumni Scholarship. Successful applicants must exemplify high academics, proven leadership qualities, and a drive to succeed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ceremony FAQs

A commencement guidebook will be loaded onto the commencement app and emailed to each graduate with check-in details, parking, maps, and much more. 

Graduates are recommended to bring up to 8 guests, but tickets are not required to enter the commencement ceremony. Please feel free to bring your extra guests. Graduates do not need to update their initial guest count with the Commencement Office.  

Tickets are not required for WGU commencement weekend events.  

Only the names of graduates who physically attend an in-person commencement or submit a video to a virtual commencement will have their names read.

Policies vary by location and venue. Please consult the commencement app for further details three weeks prior to the ceremony date.  

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.

You can watch the commencement ceremony at the WGU YouTube channel at any point after the start of the ceremony.

The commencement photos are usually available 2-3 weeks after commencement. Those photos will be available for viewing at

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Ceremony Participation & RSVP FAQs

There is not a time limit on when a graduate may walk in a commencement. Graduates may only participate in one commencement ceremony per degree program completed.

Tickets are not required for commencement weekend events.  

Generally, the commencement ceremony lasts 2 hours.

Yes, it is possible for a commencement ceremony to reach capacity. We suggest that you submit an RSVP to your desired ceremony as soon as you are eligible.

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

Graduates who wish to participate in an in-person or virtual commencement ceremony must complete two steps. 

  1. Submit either your Graduation Application or be enrolled in and only have your final course remaining, such as capstone, final certification, or student teaching.  

  1. Submit an RSVP via the commencement web site (available at  

To RSVP, you must have either your Graduation Application submitted to the Student Records department or be enrolled in your final course, such as capstone, final certification, 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 with "Final Course" in subject line along with desired commencement ceremony.

No, the graduation application process is separate from commencement. If the Commencement Office has granted a final course exemption, you do not have to have your graduation application submitted to walk at commencement. 

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 inbox. If you do not see a confirmation email for your ceremony RSVP. Please contact us at with additional questions.

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

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.

Photos from each commencement ceremony will be available for purchase through our photography partner The Grad Team in the week following each commencement. All photos can be viewed on their website here.

Regalia FAQs

Oak Hall Cap and Gown is the official regalia vendor (caps, gowns, and hoods) for WGU. You can place your order via the website or call 1-800-456-7623 and ask for the Web Department. The official regalia color for graduates is navy.  For visual reference, please see our bachelor’s regalia video and our master’s regalia video. 

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.

The following master’s 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

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    

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.

Graduates are permitted to decorate their caps and wear sashes with their regalia. Take into consideration the following if decorating your cap or wearing a sash for commencement: 

WGU does not allow content on caps or sashes that is considered, in WGU’s sole discretion, obscene, vulgar, defamatory, hateful, inappropriate, profane or that might disregard another’s copyright or third-party rights. All decorations must lie flat on the cap. 

Philanthropy Cords FAQs

The Philanthropy Cord is a blue and gold cord that WGU graduates often wear with their cap and gown at commencement. The Philanthropy cord is not only a symbol of their commitment to WGU, but also an opportunity for them to “pay it forward” and help current and future WGU students.

Graduates can receive a Philanthropy Cord by making a gift of $25 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 proceeds from the Philanthropy Cord sales support our Fellow Night Owl Scholarship Fund, which helps current students experiencing financial hardships with need-based scholarships. Your donation is put to immediate use and provides help when it is needed the most. To learn more, click here.

For in-person commencements: If a donation is made more than four weeks prior to commencement weekend, the Philanthropy Cord will be mailed to the graduate. The cord may also be picked up by visiting the WGU Advancement table at the Alumni Celebration or during graduate check-in before commencement.

For virtual commencements: Philanthropy Cords will be mailed to the graduate prior to the ceremony date.

WGU Advancement, founded in 2018, is the official fundraising arm of Western Governors University (WGU). We are committed to supporting our students, faculty, and staff through our fundraising program to advance the mission of WGU. Your gifts help us to attract and retain talented students, provide student scholarships, and help our students “cross the finish line” to graduation!

No problem. You can donate to the Fellow Night Owl Scholarship Fund by clicking on this link or texting “WGUGrad” to 41-444. Every gift, big or small, makes a difference. Thank you in advance for your support.

Letter of Invitation for Abroad & Commencement 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.

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.