2014 Summer Commencement Ceremony
Graduate Information

Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Last updated: April 22, 2014

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 Tennessee, WGU Texas, and WGU Washington).

Do you live in Indiana, Missouri, 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 Tennessee - http://tennessee.wgu.edu/commencement
WGU Texas -
WGU Washington - http://washington.wgu.edu/commencement 

The 2014 Summer Commencement Ceremony is for graduates in all other states (the national student body).   

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]


Watch a recorded commencement orientation webinar.

  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

Saturday, July 12, 2014

 Commencement 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. 
TBA Class Photo
Graduate Lineup
9:45 am
Commencement Ceremony



Location & Parking

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Things to Do in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City Downtown Map

  EnergySolutions Arena
301 West South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

Here is a list of nearby parking garages. Map coming soon.

Triad Center Parking Garage
65 N 300 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84103
Rate: $1.00 an hour

400 West Lot
400 West South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84103
Rate: $3.00

The Parking Place
W South Temple/ N 200 W
Salt Lake City, Utah 84103
Limited spots available
Rate: $3.00

Salt Palace Parking Garage (across the ESA)
50 S 300 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Rate: $8.00




Cap and Gown

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/ .



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

The Crystal Inn is conveniently located in downtown Salt Lake City, just 15 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport. This property has complimentary airport shuttle service.

Rate: $74.00 for a single or double. Children stay free under the age of 12. Rate includes free airport shuttle, hot breakfast buffet daily, parking, local calls, high speed wireless internet access, fridge, microwave and coffee maker and more.

Note: It will be an additional $10.00 per adult in the room so a triple would be $84.00 and a quad would be $94.00 plus local tax (12.60%).

: To make reservations, simply call Toll-Free Reservations: 877-462-7978 or go online to http://www.crystalinnsaltlake.com and ask for the WGU714 rate.

Salt Lake Plaza Hotel
122 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101

The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel is conveniently located in downtown Salt Lake City. This property provides complimentary airport shuttle from 6:30 am from the hotel till 11:00 pm from the airport. Additionally, the Trax rail line runs in front of the property.

Rate: $85.00 for one queen bed, $95.00 for standard rooms with king bed or 2 queen beds rooms, and $105.00 for Deluxe king bed or 2 queen bed rooms. Note: Plus local tax of 12.60%

Reservations: To make reservations, please call 1-800-366-3684 and ask for the "Western Governors University" group rate. Reservation deadline: June 15, 2014 

Sheraton Hotel
150 West 500 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

$99.00 single/double occupancy, $109.00 triple occupancy, $119.00 quad occupancy (traditional room type). This rate includes complimentary HSIA in guest room, complimentary airport transportation and complimentary hotel parking. This rate is available from July 10-13, 2014. Discounted club level and suites are also available.

Reservations: Please call 1-888-627-8152 and request your corporate rate (WGUGRAD) or SET number 214888. You can also make an online reservation, please read the booking instructions handout.

Please contact Nicole Bears, Director of Business Travel at (801) 534-3472 or nicole.bears@slcsheraton.com  with questions regarding the WGU graduation rate.


Looking for other discounts? Don't forget to activate your Alumni Rewards membership. You can use your Alumni Rewards membership to search for hotel discounts.


Transportation Options

For those who are flying into Salt Lake City for the commencement ceremony, below are some options for getting to downtown Salt Lake City. Also, please note that some downtown hotels have an airport shuttle. Please check with your hotel whether they offer airport shuttle service.

UTA Trax Rail Line
The Green Line goes to the airport station and downtown Salt Lake City. Click here to view the rail map or visit http://rideutah.com for more information.


 Express Shuttle
WGU Group Rate: $7.00 per person, one way.
Note: This rate applies to transportation between the Salt Lake City Airport and the downtown Salt Lake hotels (in the 84101 zip code).
Reservations: (801) 596-1600. For more information, please read the "Express Shuttle" handout.


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