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Graduation Information

Frequently Asked Questions

It is official!  Our 61st annual commencement ceremony will be held virtually on Friday, June 25, for the graduating class of 2021. 


See our FAQs for how and when to order your regalia, how to petition to graduate, and how to register to participate in the Virtual Ceremony. If you need clarification on any of it, do not hesitate to contact  us. We cannot wait to celebrate you!

What is a Virtual Ceremony?

Graduation is the culmination of all of your accomplishments. We're very disappointed that graduation will not be in-person, but we are working very hard to ensure it’s a special evening. We will have speeches, presentation of special awards, and the presentation of each individual graduate as a livestream event. You will be presented using individualized slides with pictures and a quote of your choice (see example below).

How do I register to participate in the Virtual Ceremony?

You will receive an email from with a link to register for the ceremony no later than Friday, May 21.

How can my friends and family watch the Virtual Ceremony? Is there a link or website?

The ceremony can be viewed on YouTube on Friday, June 25 at 6 p.m.

Watch the Virtual Ceremony

How do I petition to graduate? What's the deadline?

To petition to graduate, students must schedule a counseling appointmentStudents who want their name to appear in the Commencement Ceremony program must petition with their academic counselor by May 12 before 5 p.m.

Why do I need regalia?

Ordering regalia is optional, but for those who wish to order it can do so through the Bookstore. Each graduate will have a personalized slide that will be displayed on screen while their name is called by their respective division dean. This slide, as seen in the example below, will include a picture that you submit. If you would like to submit a picture wearing your regalia, you have to option to order your regalia through our bookstore.

Graduation slide with grad photo, name, degree

How do I order my regalia?

You may order it at the bookstore website. This is optional. 

If you need assistance paying for your regalia please email us at 


Please order your regalia ASAP if you would like to wear it in your photo that you will upload for the virtual ceramony.

If I don't petition to graduate, can I still participate in the commencement ceremony?

Students who have only one or a few classes left to complete before their summer/fall degree is granted—and plan to petition to graduate then—can participate in the Commencement Ceremony scheduled for Friday, June 25, 2021 at 6 p.m. If this is your case, email your full name, CWID and an overview of the situation to no later than May 12 by 5 p.m. 

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