Commencement Planning

The below information is for all spring 2019 planned graduates, which also includes summer 2019 traditional undergraduate planned graduates. Traditional undergraduate students planning to be considered for May commencement must have all academic requirements met prior to the beginning of fall semester 2019.
Diverse students at graduation

Watch UNW Commencement Online

Guests who cannot attend the event can watch the ceremonies live on Saturday, May 18.

You may review recent commencement ceremonies online.

Spring Commencement Schedule of Events:

Date/ Time Commencement Activity
Friday, May 17, 2019
6:30–8:30 p.mCommencement rehearsal in Knight Performance Hall for all participating graduates
Saturday, May 18, 2019
9:15 a.m.Participating graduates for morning ceremony assemble in regalia in Nazareth Hall, 2nd floor
10–11:30 a.m.*Commencement ceremony in Knight Performance Hall
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.Commencement reception: outdoors in front of the Billy Graham Community Life Commons
1:15 p.m.Participating graduates for afternoon ceremony assemble in regalia in Nazareth Hall, 2nd floor
2–3:30 p.m.*Commencement ceremony in Knight Performance Hall
3:30–4:30 p.m.Commencement reception: outdoors in front of the Billy Graham Community Life Commons


*Each ceremony includes designated colleges and academic departments and schools. All majors within designated colleges/departments/schools will march with their respective college/department/school with exceptions noted below.

10 a.m. Ceremony

       College of Arts & Humanities
             Department of Art & Design  (Also includes Visual Arts Education)
             Department of Communication (Also includes Associate in Applied Science & Bible)
             Department of English & Literature  (Also includes Communication Arts/Literature Education)
             Department of History & Related Fields
             Department of Music & Theatre  (Also includes Music Education)
             Department of World Languages  (Also includes: English as a Second Language Education, Spanish Education)

       College of Behavioral & Natural Sciences
             Department of Biology & Biochemistry
             Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
             Department of Mathematics & Engineering  (Also includes Mathematics Education)
             Department of Physical Education, Health & Kinesiology  (Also includes Physical Education)
             Department of Psychology

2 p.m. Ceremony

       College of Graduate, Online & Adult Learning               
             Graduate Studies  
(All Master’s degrees and graduate certificates)               
             Adult Undergraduate  
(Also includes Associate of Arts: General Studies)

       College of Professional Studies               
             School of Business               
             School of Education  
(Only includes: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Social Studies Education)
             School of Nursing               
             School of Theology & Ministry
                   • Department of Biblical & Theological Studies  (Also includes Associate of Arts & Bible)
                   • Department of Christian Ministries

Regalia: Caps, Gowns, and Hoods

  • Beginning in February, planned graduates order caps and gowns online.
  • Caps and gowns (and hoods for master's degree students) must be ordered by no later than Sunday, March 24.
  • Regalia will be distributed in the Nazareth Great Room at Grad Expo on Tuesday, May 7. 
  • Regalia must be returned to room G210 in the Billy Graham Community Life Commons following the commencement ceremony. Graduates may keep their cap and tassel.

Graduation Announcement Ordering

  • Beginning in March, planned graduates who desire to order graduation announcements may do so online. If ordering, please allow 3 weeks for processing and shipping.

Commencement Tickets

  • For viewing of commencement ceremonies in Knight Performance Hall, tickets are required for guests of participating planned graduates. 
  • The number of tickets provided is based on the total number of planned graduates participating in commencement. Tickets will be distributed to participating planned graduates at Grad Expo on Tuesday, May 7. Each participating graduate will receive 6 (six) tickets.
  • Overflow viewing on monitors will be available in the Totino Fine Arts Center lobby (no tickets required for overflow viewing).

Guests and/or Graduates with Special Needs?

  • For guests and/or graduates who will be attending commencement who have accommodation needs (e.g., wheelchair/ADA, hearing impaired or interpreter/translation requests, etc.), please complete and submit a request form by no later than Thursday, May 2.

Professional Photographers

  • Each graduate will be photographed as diploma covers are presented and at a posed location at the side of the stage. 
  • After graduation, graduates will be given the opportunity to purchase pictures directly from Lifetouch.


Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Studies Students: Diplomas will be mailed within 4 – 6 weeks of degree completion.

Traditional Undergraduate and Dual Enrollment Students: Diplomas will be mailed beginning in late June.

Diplomas are sent after graduates have fulfilled all degree requirements and resolved any student account holds. This includes paying the graduation fee charged to the graduate's account the last term the graduate registers (undergraduate: $75; graduate: $100).

(Note: Diploma lists degree only. Transcript lists degree, major[s], and any minor[s]. 

Desktop Diploma

A Uploma™ provides another way to display a college degree. This desktop diploma is completely customizable to fit any major, achievements, graduation year, and school pride. You may order your Uploma online.

Grad Expo

Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Studies Students: For spring 2019 planned graduates.

Traditional Undergraduate and Dual Enrollment Students: For spring and summer 2019 planned graduates.

Grad Expo will take place in the Nazareth Great Room on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 2–6 p.m. Grad Expo is an event that provides a "one-stop" opportunity for planned graduates to clear from campus. Students planning to graduate will receive an e-mail invitation prior to the event. 


Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Studies Students: 866-492-7877 or 651-628-3400;

Dual Enrollment Students: 888-216-0069 or 651-631-5300;

Traditional Undergraduate Students: 800-692-4020, ext. 5119; or 651-631-5119;

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