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Commencement Date :   Saturday DEcember 11th, 2021
Location:    D. Stephen & Diane H. Walker Convocation Center
Arrival Time 9:oo A.M   Ceremony Start Time:  10:00 A.m

Congratulations to our upcoming graduating class for Fall 2021. 

Below you will find your graduation information as it is announced
The site will be updated throughout the semester, so be sure to stay tuned 

**Announcement 12/3/2021 

**In order to participate, you must receive a confirmation email of particpation in order to pick up tickets and walk in the Ceremony with University Regalia. 

We are asking Particpating students to arrive at 9 am in the  Old Gym (upstairs), in the Walker Convocation Building. * See Participation box below  

All tickets must be picked up by Friday, Dec10th. *See Fees & Guest Tickets --> Guest Ticket Information 
 -There will be no additional tickets available on Saturday. 

* Commencement will be live streamed, the link will be posted on the university main page as well as social media. * See Ceremony Details.

** ANNOUNCEMENT 11/12/2021 

**WV State University will host one live Commencement Ceremony for the Fall 2021 Season with the invitation extened to the Class of 2020 whom have completed the Survey form. 

See Boxes below for Updated information 

* Particpation/Room Assignments 
*Guest Ticket Information 
* Cermony Details

CLASS 2020 -- Now Closed 
WV State University is welcoming the Class of 2020 to particpate in our Fall 2021 Live Commencement. - If you have not been contacted and previously completed a survey, please see the box below for information and RSVP. - Thank you  

** regalia orders, now closed

10/28/2021 is the deadline for free shipping to the bookstore.
10/31/2021 is the deadline for faculty/staff rental 

We know Regalia is an important piece of graduation. 
**We made some changes to our Regalia order, to better serve our students. 
The cost of Regalia is included as a service for your graduation fee. 
Click the CAP & GOWN box below for more information and the link to order.


*Any students needing assitance with Regalia or have questions can contact the Office of Regsitration and Records by phone 304-766-4146, or by email registration@wvstateu.edu.

Please click the boxes below for more information and remember to check back for more updates. 

See our side box to the right for the last date announcements were added. 

Please be advised: 
The University will adhere to COVID Guidelines that ensure the safety of our students, staff, faculty, and guests. Commencement will be held in the D. Stephen and Diane H. Walker Convocation Center. Custom masks will be provided for each graduate. Masks are mandatory for all students, guests, staff, faculty, and platform party.
West Virginia State University would like to engage and welcome our Class of 2020 to return to campus this Fall for a live Commencement Ceremony on Saturday December 11, 2021 at the D. Stephen & Diane H. Walker Convocation Center

We understand the importance in celebrating such a hard earned moment of spot light and to share with family and friends. 

We previously reached out with a survey but understand some students may have missed this oportunity to RSVP. 

If you have not already completed the survey via a text message, please complete the questions in the link below to capture your response and information for an RSVP.  

DEADLINE: 5pm. Friday November 5, 2021. 

Class of 2020 

Regalia previously worn to a virtual commencement should be reused, we can not issue a second Regalia order.

More details will be announced soon, please monitor the commencement page for updates.

We sincerely hope you can join us in Decemeber. 

**If you chose to have Regalia shipped to the bookstore in your order, it will be available on Monday Dec 6th at the University Bookstore, located in the student union. 
**Honor cords and Masterhoods for students are mentioned in Ceremony details box and will be avaiilable starting Dec 6th in the Office of Registration and Records. 

If you wish to receive Regalia you must order your personal Regalia to size and degree. 
This new process allows students more acuurate fittings and flexibility with available shipping to your door.

Regalia & standard shipping to the Bookstore is included in our service, comes neatly packaged specific for you. 
There is an additional cost for direct delivery to your door (see below).
Please use the link below to place your custom order BEFORE the Deadline. 


**Faculty/Staff may also use the link above for Regalia Rentals

10/28/2021- Student Ship to Bookstore cut off Thursday, October 28th  (FREE)
11/4/2021- Student Home Ship cut off Thursday, November 4th ($13.73 Shipping + Tax)
10/31/2021- Faculty Rental cut off Sunday, October 31st (All applicable charges & fees)

**Regalia shipped to the bookstore will be available for pickup Dec 6th.

If you are in need of rings or announcements, Josten's is happy to assit any WVSU student with their needs. 
WVSU strives to host inclusive events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to fully engage in our programs and activities. Additional information including how to request an accommodation can be found  at: sar@wvstateu.edu (for students) or hr@wvstateu.edu (for employees) or facilities-helpdesk@wvstateu.edu (for physical facilities). 
General public inquiries can be submitted to: ada@wvstateu.edu . We ask that you submit your request two weeks in advance of an event to allow sufficient time to fulfill requests.

Fees have been applied to current applicants. If you have applied and were not charged a fee please contact Wendy Taylor wshambli@wvstateu.edu or Roy Simmons roy.simmons@wvstateu.edu 

The graduation application fee is $168, the fee is to graduate and is not based on participation.
The fee nor particpation is a certification of completion. 

Please see additional information below taken from the Registration & Records website.

Fee's & Obligations


All prospective graduates must pay a graduation application fee, regardless of whether they participate in commencement or not. The non-refundable fee is $168 and must be paid at the Cashier’s window, by phone or through MyState. You will receive instructions for picking up your cap and gown, if applicable, later in the semester.

If you do not qualify for your degree the semester in which you originally apply, you must submit a new application for graduation by the deadline in the semester that you will meet the requirements for your degree. If you have already paid your graduation fee, you will not need to pay another graduation fee to re-apply.


Financial obligations to the university must be cleared before graduation. Nonpayment of fees will result in the withholding of grades, transcripts, diplomas and certifications.


Library fees must be paid in full and any libraby equiptment returned before proof of degree is released. 


Tickets are limited toper student. 

These can be picked up from the cashier's office the week prior to commencement, starting December 6, 2021.
All tickets must be picked up by Friday December 10th.
No additional tickets will be available on Saturday. 

* You must have received confirmation of particpation via email to be on the list for particpation and tickets. 
*All building occupants must wear at mask at all times.

The West Virginia State University commencement exercise is a very formal academic occasion. Academic regalia is limited to cap (w/tassel), gown, hood if applicable, and University issued cords only.

Please click below for additional information 

The University will adhere to COVID Guidelines that ensure the safety of our students, staff, faculty, and guests. Commencement will be held in the D. Stephen and Diane H. Walker Convocation Center. Custom masks will be provided for each graduate. Masks are mandatory for all students, guests, staff, faculty, and platform party.

Name Pronounciation
Each candidate’s name is read prior to walking on stage. If you have any concerns with the pronunciation of your name, contact the Office of Registration and Records between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Monday through Friday to clarify the proper pronunciation, 304 766-4146, or University Registrar, Roy Simmons at 304-766-3015

Honor Cords
Honor cords may be worn only by those students graduating with academic honors and by students in campus chapters of National Honor Societies.
  • Latin Honor cords will be distributed to those students graduating with academic honors by the Office of Registration and Records starting Monday December 6th. 
  • Regalia ordered to ship to the bookstore will be also be available in the bookstore Monday Dec 6th.  

Live Stream
Graduation will be live streamed and available for viewers unable to attend. 
The link will be available on the Universitys main webpage as well as Social Media.
Graduation Policies and Requirements are outlined in the Academic Catalog

All students must apply to graduate, regardless of commencement particpation.

Please see below for general information.


Students who wish to graduate from West Virginia State University must apply for graduation by completing an Application for Graduation on the WVSU Registration & Records website. Once a student applies for graduation, the registrar will evaluate the transcript of the applicant. If the registrar certifies that the applicant is on track for degree completion at the end of the given semester, or can be expected to complete their degree by the end of the Summer Semester for May commencement, the student may participate in commencement.

Participation in commencement does not indicate degree completion. Students who fail to complete their academic responsibilities during the final semester must complete all degree requirements before the University confers a degree.

Students will receive diplomas via mail only after all degree requirements and all financial obligations to the university are met. 
Students listed as particpating will receive an email confirmation to the address used to complete any appropriate form submitted.
If you do not receive an email confirmation by Monday, Nov. 15th, please contact the Associate Registrar, Wendy Taylor 
Particpating students should arrive promptly at 9am in the Walker Convoction Center and report to the old gym located upstairs. Students will be given name cards as well as and lined up in marching order. 
**There will not be a rehearsal prior. 

- Designated room assignments will be posted below no later then December 3rd, 2021. 

10/27/21: General information 
11/3/21: Graduation fees applied, additonal post for Class of 2020
11/12/21: Cermony time, Particpation/rehearsal, room assignments, guest ticket limit.
12/3/21: Arrival time & staging location, additional ticket information, Live Stream information 

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