Commencement is the culminating event of an academic career, perhaps as significant to family and friends as it is to the graduate. As you begin planning for this very special occasion, this page will provide you with the essential information you need to know for the recognition of your success.
Please note: Changes may be made to this schedule of events without notice. Schedule modifications made subsequent to this document are announced through memoranda, newsletters, and other official documents and publications of the University. Please review the Commencement webpage frequently for updates.
April 2022 Commencement
Bachelor and Associate Degrees
Saturday, April 30, 2022 - 10:00 a.m.
- 8:00 am - Check-in - Dulany Library Auditorium
- 9:00 am - Doors to McNutt Campus Center open for guests
- 10:00 am - Commencement Ceremony - Cutlip Auditorium - McNutt Campus Center
Doctorate, Master and Education Specialist Degrees
Saturday, April 30, 2022 - 2:00 p.m.
- 12:30 pm - Check-in - Dulany Library Auditorium
- 1:00 pm - Doors to McNutt Campus Center open for guests
- 2:00 pm - Commencement Ceremony - Cutlip Auditorium - McNutt Campus Center
Commencement ceremonies are held in Cutlip Auditorium located in the McNutt Campus Center and typically last approximately one hour.
Ivy Ceremony: Ivy Ceremony will occur Friday, April 29, 2022, at 5:00 p.m., in conjunction with the Convocation. Registration will be at 4:30 p.m. in front of Academic Hall main entrance (facing Senior Lake). Professional photographer will be on site. Please be sure to wear your cap and gown.
The deadline to Register is April 1, 2022.
Undergraduate October, December 2021; March and April 2022 conferrals: Undergraduate students who will have their degrees conferred in October, December 2021, March or April 2022 may participate in the April 2022 commencement ceremony.
Undergraduate June and August 2022 conferrals: Undergraduate students who will have their degrees conferred in June or August 2022 may participate in the April 2022 commencement ceremony with the approval of the academic dean. Students may petition to “walk short” if they are within six hours of their requirements and they register to complete the missing requirements at WWU before the end of their conferral date. (IE: A student who walks short in April 2022 must complete requirements prior to the June/August conferral date, or their conferral date will be pushed back.) They must complete the “Request To Participate In Commencement Short Credit Hours” form that is located in Owlnet. You can access that by using your Quicklaunch login, then Student Forms; or by logging into Owlnet, Student Tab; Student Forms tab. The deadline to Register is April 1, 2022.
Graduate Commencement Policy: Graduate students who will have their degrees conferred in October, December 2021, March, April, June, or August 2022 may participate in the April 2022 commencement ceremony. All students who participate in the April 2022 commencement ceremony must complete requirements prior to their conferral date, or their conferral date will be pushed back.
Doctoral Students may participate in the commencement ceremony immediately following the date of the successful defense of their dissertation. The deadline to register is April 1, 2022.
Graduates planning to participate in the commencement ceremony must take the following steps (click on each link to complete the step):
Register to Attend Ceremony
- The deadline to register for commencement has passed.
Order your Regalia
The deadline to order regalia has passed.
If you receive incorrect regalia, please call Herff Jones Customer Service at 800.837.4235.
**Please arrive with regalia on and ready to walk. There are no areas for dressing.
You may invite up to four guests to be seated in Cutlip Auditorium. Ushers will be seating your guests. Seating is first come, first serve. There will be an overflow area that has family friendly seating in Dulany Auditorium. There is no limit on the number of guests for the overflow area. There will be a live video connection of the ceremony in the overflow area. Those attending with younger children will find the family friendly seating much more conducive to meeting the needs of your families. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Special Seating: There will be designated areas for guests with disabilities, mobility issues, and for deaf/hard of hearing guests. Please notify Janice Tate at Janice.Tate@williamwoods.edu, if you require special seating arrangements.
There will be designated areas for guests with disabilities, mobility issues, and for deaf/hard of hearing guests. Please notify Janice Tate at Janice.Tate@williamwoods.edu or 573.592.1174, if you require special seating arrangements.
Live Video Stream
Live video will be available approximately 15 minutes before each ceremony at this link:
A non-waivable $100 graduation fee must be paid to William Woods Student Financial Services before your diploma will be released. All graduates must pay this fee, even if they are not participating in the graduation ceremony. The fee will be added to your accounts receivable statement approximately one month prior to your conferral date. The graduation fee does not cover the cost of your cap and gown. Order your cap and gown through Herff Jones at the link above.
Diplomas are not issued at the ceremony. If you have successfully completed all coursework and your account is clear, your diploma will be mailed to you six to eight weeks after your conferral date. The name on your diploma will be the exact name William Woods has on record. For name changes or personal information updates please contact the Registrar's Office at 573.592.4249 at least four weeks before your conferral date. Last day to change name: The last day to change your name without a $50.00 fee is 30 days prior to your conferral date.
Business casual, no flip-flops or tennis shoes. Only dark shoes are appropriate with academic regalia. Please leave all personal belongings with a friend or family member i.e., purses, phones, coats, etc. You will not be allowed to carry anything with you during the procession or as you cross the stage.
A professional photographer will be provided by GradImages. Photographs may be purchased at a cost determined by GradImages. There is no obligation to purchase the photographs, and there is no cost for the service. GradImages offers a discount if you register your email address prior to Commencement date at https://www.gradimages.com/Registration. Contact information for customers is 800.261.2576 or https://www.gradimages.com.
Gifts from the Logo Store
Order online from the Logo Store: https://store.williamwoods.edu
The Logo Store will be open from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. The Logo Store is located in McNutt Campus Center.
- Parking is available at various locations on campus. Golf carts will be available to transport guests from the parking areas to McNutt Campus Center.
- Handicap parking is available on the west side of McNutt Campus Center.
For other questions, please contact Janice Tate at janice.tate@WilliamWoods.edu or call 573.592.1174.
Although commencement is not a required activity, William Woods University encourages you to participate. Commencement marks a very important step in life as an occasion of celebration and achievement. You have worked very hard, and this ceremony gives the university the opportunity to congratulate you.