Commencement General FAQs

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, we have rescheduled the following socially distanced, in-person Commencement ceremonies:

  • Class of 2020 Commencement:  Friday, May 7, 2021, 5:00 pm on the Main Lawn
  • Class of 2021 Commencement:  Saturday, May 8, 2021, 9:30 am and 3:30 pm on the Main Lawn

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Graduates will have the opportunity to have up to four ticketed guests.


Senior Day is Thursday, May 6th from noon to 6 p.m. It is a drop in event where you can come and visit several ‘pick-up’ stations and celebrate with your friends—savor a few more moments on campus. There will be lots of events and activities including an opportunity to have your picture taken with the large PEACE letters on Main Lawn; a Tie-Dye kit and a coupon for a T-shirt; decorate your graduation cap; listen to DJ Trellz and a dessert truck rodeo with some of WPU favorites. 

When will I receive my cap & gown?

The Class of 2020 have already received caps and gowns. Class of 2021 has ordered their regalia through the office of the Registrar and pick up date will be available soon.  If you have not already done so, please contact the Office of the Registrar at

If you lose the cap & gown that you are provided, you will be responsible for ordering a replacement from Jostens by contacting the WPU bookstore at

Mortarboards (your cap) may be decorated in a 2-dimensional fashion only. 

How do I RSVP and receive my tickets?

You will receive an email from the Office of the Registrar to RSVP and reserve up to four tickets for your guests by April 5, 2021.  You must use your Student ID to reserve tickets.  You do not need a ticket yourself for the ceremony. Due to COVID restrictions that limit our capacity, we can only allow four tickets per graduate.  If unused tickets are available before Commencement, we may be able to hold a lottery for graduates to apply for an extra ticket.

I am a 2021 Graduate; which ceremony do I attend?

Ceremony assignments will be by Major:

The following majors will participate in the 9:30 am commencement ceremony:
    • Anthropology
    • Business Administration
    • Business Analytics
    • Criminal Justice
    • Education
    • History
    • Marketing
    • Political Science
    • Pre-Law
    • Psychology
The following majors will participate in the 3:30 pm commencement ceremony:
  • Arts Administration
  • Biology
  • Communication
  • English
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Musical Theatre
  • Nursing
  • Simulation and Game Design
  • Sport and Fitness Studies
  • Strategic Communication
  • Theatre
  • Writing

For questions please contact the Office of the Registrar at

Will we receive Honor Cords?

Students who are eligible to graduate with Latin Honors at the end of the Fall semester prior to graduation will be able to wear Honor Cords at Commencement.  Honor Cords will be presented to you just prior to Commencement so that you can wear it on that day.  If you are unable to attend, we will gladly mail them to you.

When will we receive diplomas?

Diplomas are mailed to your preferred address after all of your degree requirements are met (conferral) and balances are paid.  If you have not received your diploma by August 1 please contact the Office of the Registrar at

Who is eligible to participate in Commencement?

There is one commencement ceremony each year which is designed to honor all graduates from that academic year. All students who graduated in the summer semester and the fall semester, along with the students completing their graduation requirements by the end of the spring semester, are welcome to participate in the commencement ceremony.

In addition, a student who is eligible for graduation with no more than four (4) credit hours remaining to complete all degree requirements by the end of the spring semester, is welcome to participate in the commencement ceremony.

What are the academic requirements to graduate?

Graduates are not required to participate in any of the graduation exercises but it is highly encouraged. It is an opportunity for the graduate and their family and friends to celebrate all of the students’ accomplishments.

How do I know I am graduating with honors?

Students who are eligible to graduate with Latin Honors at the end of the Fall semester prior to graduation will be able to wear Honor Cords at Commencement. Latin Honors will be conferred on graduating seniors whose cumulative GPA meets the following criteria:

  • 3.9-4.0 Summa Cum Laude
  • 3.7-3.89 Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.5-3.69 Cum Laude

Students must earn a minimum of 45 semester hours at William Peace University to be eligible for Latin Honors. In order to be recognized as Valedictorian, a student must have earned at least 90 credits at William Peace University.

What is appropriate dress for the weekend?

Family members and other guests are encouraged to dress comfortably for the weekend, taking the weather conditions into account. Most guests dress in business attire for the Baccalaureate service and the Commencement exercises, but there is typically a wide range of attire for those ceremonies. Graduates should wear shoes appropriate for walking in grass and on the brick walkway are recommended. Graduates wear cap and gown for both ceremonies. The tassel is worn on the right side of the mortarboard until the student is awarded a degree. Mortarboards may be decorated in a 2-dimensional fashion only. Graduates who are members of disciplinary honor societies should wear the pins or cords they receive as part of their induction into the honor society. Latin Honors recipients will wear gold cords to indicate graduating with Latin Honors.

What are the plans for rain, inclement weather or if there are changes in the State’s COVID-19 regulations?

All three ceremonies will go on as planned rain or shine. We will provide clear ponchos for students if it rains.  If a thunderstorm with lightning is expected we will delay until the storm has passed. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 in the State and will adjust plans if necessary.

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