What is considered academic attire?


    Can I wear honor cords?


    Will tickets be required for the ceremony?

    How many guests can I bring?

    Will I or my guests with a small child be able to bring in a stroller?

    Where can I put on my cap and gown for the ceremony?

    I am a student from the state of Texas. May I participate in the summer commencement ceremony in Salt Lake City?

    How do I get my name listed in the 2012 Summer Commencement program book?

    Where can I get a tassel as a keepsake?

    Where can I request a current or recent program book to be mailed to me? Can I order extra copies of the program book?

    What is appropriate to wear under my cap and gown for commencement?

    Are any hotels offering discounts to WGU graduates?

    Are there any deadlines I should be aware of?

    Do you provide special seating or services for my guest with mobility issues?

    Where and what time do I report for Commencement?

    How long does the ceremony last?

    Can I or my family watch the commencement ceremony from home?

    Is there a video of the ceremony for purchase?

    Who can I call for commencement information?

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    What is considered academic attire? 

    Academic attire is cap, gown, and tassel. Academic attire is also called “regalia.” For WGU, the official color of academic attire (regalia) is NAVY, and you should be dressed when you arrive at the commencement ceremony. Master’s degree graduates also need a hood specific in color with their degree.  

    You can order academic attire (regalia) by clicking on the “Cap and Gown” button on the commencement web site: www.wgu.edu/commencement


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    Can I wear honor cords?


    Yes. WGU graduates affiliated with an honor society may wear society pins or honor cords on their gowns, such as the honor cords for the WGU chapter of the international honor society Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) for teachers. 

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    Will tickets be required for the ceremony?

    No. The arena where summer commencement will be held is large enough to accommodate all graduates and their guests.  

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    How many guests can I bring?

    Invite as many guests as you would like. Commencement will be held in a large arena to accommodate all graduates and their guests. You do not need tickets. 

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    Will I or my guests with a small child be able to bring in a stroller?


    Different venues have different security and safety rules for child strollers, baby bags, and so forth. Contact the venue listed on the commencement web site.  

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    Where can I put on my cap and gown for the ceremony?

    Please arrive dressed in your cap and gown for the commencement ceremony. Due to the number of graduates and time schedule, it is not practical to change into regalia on-site. 

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    I am a student from the state of Texas. May I participate in the summer commencement ceremony in Salt Lake City?

    No, only graduates in the national student body of Western Governors University may attend the winter or summer commencement. Graduates in the state of Texas participate in the WGU Texas commencement. Each WGU state-specific university separately holds its own annual commencement for its own student body.  

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    How do I get my name listed in the 2012 Summer Commencement program book?

    The Records department will generate a list of graduates between January 1, 2012, and June 8, 2012 (which is the deadline for applying for graduation for the summer commencement) for the program book. If you are a graduating student anticipating summer commencement, you must apply for graduation by the deadline on Friday, June 8, 2012 before 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time to ensure that you will be included in the program book.  [Note: Even if you miss this program book deadline, you can still attend the ceremony as a graduate, but you will not see your name in the program book.]  

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    Where can I get a tassel as a keepsake?


    Go to the commencement web site and click on the “Cap and Gown” button to order your tassel from Jostens. 

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    Where can I request a current or recent program book to be mailed to me? Can I order extra copies of the program book?

    You can request one or more program books to be mailed to you by surface mail following the commencement—just fill out the online request form at http://alumni.wgu.edu/programbook with your complete mailing/shipping address.

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    What is appropriate to wear under my cap and gown for commencement?

    WGU recommends that you dress in comfortable professional business attire beneath your gown rather than casual or recreational clothing.

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    Are any hotels offering discounts to WGU graduates?

    Click on the Hotels button at www.wgu.edu/commencement to view a list of hotels that are offering discounts to WGU graduates.

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    Are there any deadlines I should be aware of?


    Yes, keep four deadlines in mind: Student Speaker application deadline, commencement program book deadline, online cap/gown orders, and the RSVP to the commencement ceremony (required for attendance).  [Note: Graduates must submit their online RSVP by the deadline to participate in cap and gown at the commencement ceremony.] All of these dates are prominently posted on the commencement page, the student portal, and in eBulletin notices to your WGU email.


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    Do you provide special seating or services for my guest with mobility issues?


    Yes, the venue provides support to guests and graduates with mobility issues or ADA requirements. Please contact the venue to make arrangements in advance for the services that are needed to accommodate your guest and contact one of the specialists when you arrive. 

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    Where and what time do I report for Commencement?

    Graduates receive a commencement guide well in advance that provides the specific location, schedule and times, protocol, and maps of the commencement venue and parking so that graduates may arrive on time to register, participate in the class photo, and line up for the procession. Please refer to your guide for commencement information. Keep an eye on your email for Commencement eBulletins that contain the latest or urgent information.

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    How long does the ceremony last?

    Commencement lasts approximately 2 hours to 2-1/2 hours.

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    Can I or my family watch the commencement ceremony from home?

    Yes. You, your family, or your guests who cannot attend the ceremony in person will be able to view the broadcast live via the internet. The link goes live on the day of the ceremony on the commencement web site under Live Web Broadcasts at www.wgu.edu/commencement.

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    Is there a video of the ceremony for purchase?

    No, but you can save a free copy of the recorded broadcast to your home computer.


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    Who can I call for commencement information?

    Alumni Relations at 1-866-895-9660 ext. #2085 


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