Commencement 2017

Time and location

Friday, May 11, 2018, 1 p.m., WVU Coliseum

While the ceremony begins at 1 p.m., graduates should arrive at 12 p.m. for line-up.

Due to the Reed College of Media’s commencement ceremony scheduled earlier that morning, CPASS graduates should not arrive earlier than 12 p.m. All degree candidates should report to the WVU Basketball Practice Facility located behind the Coliseum. Please look for directional signs.

The ceremony includes a processional of graduation candidates, speakers and student awards. Graduates are individually recognized and cross the stage as their names are called to shake hands and pause for photos. The ceremony will last approximately two hours.


Tickets are not required for this event and there are no restrictions on the number of guests a graduate may bring. However, students who plan to participate must RSVP for the ceremony. 

The deadline to RSVP was April 27, 2018.


Diplomas are mailed after all grades are finalized and certified by the WVU Office of the Registrar—approximately three weeks after the ceremony. Students will receive an email through their mix account when their diploma has been mailed. Graduates will, however, receive a commemorative diploma cover, featuring the seal of the University, as they accept their congratulations. Please note: Invitation to or participation in the ceremony is not confirmation that the student is certified to graduate. Graduation certification is completed after final semester grades are released.

Additional details

Accommodations for guests and graduates with disabilities

No reservations are needed for the Coliseum. Accessibility Services staff will be at each venue for each ceremony to help seat those who need seat accommodations. Interpreting services for the hearing impaired need should be requested through Office of Accessibility Services. The graduation website has been updated to indicate interpreting services are for hearing impaired as opposed to a language barrier.


Participating candidates are required to wear caps and gowns. These can be purchased online from Herff Jones. When ordering caps and gowns, be sure to state whether you are an undergraduate, master's or doctoral student at CPASS. 

The official CPASS tassel color is sage green.


Parking will be available at the WVU Coliseum parking lot. If overflow parking is needed, nearby satellite lots will be available along with shuttle service to the Coliseum. These lots will be clearly marked with signage for pick-up and will be located on the WVU Evansdale Campus. CPASS graduates and their guests may not park at the College of Creative Arts due to another commencement ceremony taking place there at the same time.

Family members needing accommodations for parking will be available on a first-come, first serve basis (must have accommodation parking permit). 

Download a WVU Evansdale Campus map


A professional photographer will take photos of graduates as they cross the stage. An email will be sent to the address provided on the photo/name card completed at the ceremony. Graduates can order photos within 48 hours following the ceremony.

Outstanding fines/fees

Candidates should check their degree works transcript to be certain that they do not owe any fines or fees. Outstanding dues may result in a delay in diploma mailing.

For further information regarding graduation, visit