Virtual Commencement 2020 FAQs

California Fall FAQs

Eligible Participants

Who is included in the 2022 California Fall Commencement Ceremony?

We will be honoring the following graduates:

Center For Graduate Studies

On-Ground California Campuses

Online Programs (August through December)

This includes:

Commencement Ceremony Application

Graduate Ticket Application
To participate in the ceremony, graduates must apply for commencement tickets by completing the registration form sent by email. This application is considered your ticket application, not your official commencement ticket.

Once confirmed, graduates will be notified by email on eligibility for attendance and instructions on how to retrieve official commencement tickets.

Commencement Tickets

All graduates and guests attending the ceremony require tickets for entry. Once official commencement tickets are confirmed, each graduate will receive complimentary guest tickets. Safety regulations require that all guests, including children (regardless of age), have an assigned ticket. Graduate tickets cannot be used for guest seating.

*Note: Tickets are not for sale or resale. Selling tickets is prohibited and violates WCU’s Student Conduct Policies and Procedures. Anyone caught selling or creating counterfeit tickets will not be allowed to participate in the Commencement Ceremony and may be referred to the Conduct Committee, where possible sanctions may include but are not limited to the rescinding of the degree.

International Guest Invitation Letter

Students and graduates can write their own invitation letter for a family member to submit to their country’s consulate. We recommend including enrollment verification from the Office of the Registrar along with the dates and times of the event.


How do I purchase my cap and gown?
To order your cap and gown, please visit Southern Recognition at:

Academic regalia is required for your participation in the University Commencement Ceremonies. Cap and gown purchase is not available on the day of the ceremony. Business casual attire is recommended underneath the gown.

Grad Bash

What is Grad Bash?
Grad Bash is a pre-commencement celebration recognizing WCU graduates for program completion.

During the event, graduates will be able to:

*Honor cords and diplomas will be available to eligible graduates at Grad Bash. Diplomas will be available approximately 8-10 weeks after program completion.

If unable to attend Grad Bash, please contact the Student Affairs Department for honor cords and Career Services for diplomas.

Safety Protocol

During the events we will continue to follow COVID-19 protocols and ask that you wear a face covering and physically distance.


Please email for special accommodations.

Please monitor your designated email and the commencement website for updates.