2016 Summer Commencement 

Date: July 16, 2016

Jon M. Huntsman Center
  Salt Lake City, Utah

Last updated: June 27, 2016

Date & Time


Cap & Gown




Western Governors University holds commencement ceremonies twice a year for its graduates who belong to the national student body. Western Governors University graduates participate in the national commencement ceremonies held in winter and summer. Western Governors University graduates do not participate in any of the state-specific commencements (WGU Indiana, WGU Missouri, WGU Nevada, WGU Tennessee, WGU Texas, and WGU Washington).

Do you live in Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, Tennessee, Texas, or Washington? See your state commencement web site:
WGU Indiana - http://indiana.wgu.edu/commencement
WGU Missouri - http://missouri.wgu.edu/commencement
WGU Nevada - http://nevada.wgu.edu/commencement
WGU Tennessee - http://tennessee.wgu.edu/commencement
WGU Texas -
WGU Washington - http://washington.wgu.edu/commencement 

Commencement Checklist

 1  Register for the WGU Alumni Community to ensure you receive the latest commencement ceremony information.


Review the
commencement ceremony participation guidelines to find out if you are eligible to walk in the upcoming commencement ceremony. If you have any questions or would like to discussion your participation eligibility, please contact commencement@wgu.edu


Graduation Application
Graduating students who have completed all their degree program requirements need to apply for graduation. Please speak to your mentor about the graduation application process.


Please complete the ceremony RSVP form to indicate your participation in the commencement ceremony and to generate your name card for the stage announcer.


Place your cap and gown order.


Review your commencement guidebook [pdf] (coming this week)

  Western Governors University seeks to provide equal access to commencement ceremonies to its graduating students with known disabilities. Requests for reasonable accommodations should be sent as early as possible to commencement@wgu.edu. Because requests for ASL interpreters, special needs seating, wheelchair seating and wheelchair transport require significant time to arrange and implement, these requests should be received by WGU no later than 72 hours prior to the commencement ceremony.


Date & Time

July 16, 2016

 Schedule for Graduates

 Graduate Academic Attire
All graduates participating in the commencement ceremony must arrive wearing full academic attire: cap, gown, tassel and hood if master's grad. No changing rooms on site.

8:00 AM
Graduate Registration
Please report to the graduate registration area where you will pick up your name card containing your name and degree. Hold on to this card. As each graduate walks on stage, s/he will hand his card to the reader, who will announce the graduate's name.

Note:Your ceremony RSVP is required to participate, and the RSVP generates your name card for the ceremony. 

Graduate Lineup
Graduates are divided up by master's degrees and bachelor's degrees. Then, graduates are lined by college. For the lineup, a graduate must have a name card (which is picked up at graduate registration).

 9:45 AM
Processional & Commencement Ceremony


Note: In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the schedule may be slightly adjusted.


Location & Parking


Jon M. Huntsman Center
1825 E. South Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112


Note: To reserve wheelchair seating for your guests at the Jon M. Huntsman Center, please contact Guest Services at 801-587-9047.




Cap and Gown

Important Dates:
July 1, 2016: Last day to order regalia.

Oak Hall Cap and Gown
is the regalia vendor for Western Governors University.

The official regalia color is NAVY. Graduating students wear the traditional academic regalia to the commencement ceremony.
Academic Regalia
Bachelor's degree: Cap, gown, and tassel.
Master's degree: Cap, gown, tassel, and a master's hood.

Visit the Oak Hall Cap and Gown web site to place your order today.

Optional: Recycle Your Gown

Graduates will be wearing regalia made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles! Fewer plastic bottles will be choking our landfills because for every Western Governors University graduate walking at commencement, an average of 23 plastic bottles was used to manufacture their cap and gown.

If you have no desire to keep your regalia after the ceremony, Oak Hall Cap and Gown will provide recycling boxes for you to properly dispose of  your cap or gown. The boxes will be located at various spots around the commencement area and clearly identified for their use. Oak Hall Cap and Gown has partnered with recycling companies that can take your disposed regalia and turn them into recycled products (such as down comforter material for pillows and blankets or carpet fibers). So if you have decided that you do not want to keep your regalia, rest assured that your cap and gown will not end up in the landfill.





Call Jostens Customer Call Center at 1-800-854-7464, Announcements ext 17121 or you can order them online at
http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1364635/Western-Governors-University/ .



The following properties are offering a discounted rate for the 2016 Summer Commencement.


Crystal Inn Hotel
230 West 500 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

Rate: $100.00 + taxes for single or double. Rate includes: free airport shuttle, hot breakfast buffet, and high speed wireless internet access.

Reservations: Please call (801) 328-4466 and mention the group code: WGU716



Salt Lake City Marriott University Park
480 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

Note: This hotel is located 1 mile away from the Jon M. Huntsman Center (commencement venue). This hotel has a complimentary shuttle (designated 2 mile area).

Rate: $119.00 + taxes for single or double

Reservations: Please call 1-800-228-9290 and reference the "WGU2016Summer" group block code or you can make an online reservation.

Reservation deadline: June 23, 2016



Hampton Inn & Suites
1345 S Foothill Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

Note: This property is 1.8 miles (5-minute drive) to the Jon M. Huntsman Center (commencement venue). This property also has a shuttle service to nearby restaurants and to the Huntsman Center upon advance notice.

Rate: $129.00 + taxes for single or double

Reservations: Please call 801-583-3500 and mention the "WGU Graduation" block or you can make an online reservation

Reservation deadline: June 15, 2016


Residence Inn Salt Lake City Downtown
285 West Broadway (300 S)
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

Rate: $119.00 + taxes for 1 Queen Studio, or 1 Bedroom Suite, 1 Queen, Sofa Bed. Includes complimentary hotel breakfast.

Reservations: You can make an online reservation here.

Reservation deadline: July 6, 2016

SpringHill Suites Salt Lake City Downtown
625 South 300 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

Rate: $139.00 + taxes for single or double. This property has airport shuttle service. 

Reservations: Please call 1-888-236-2427 and reference "Western Governors" or you can make an online reservation.

Reservation deadline: July 1, 2016







UTA Rail Line
The UTA trax rail line has an airport station. The trax rail line can be taken from the airport to downtown Salt Lake City.

If you are staying downtown Salt Lake City, you can take the rail line up to the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Please take the RED line to the University South Campus Station.

 For more info, please visit http://www.rideuta.com