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Graduate School Commencement FAQs

Wheaton College Graduate School Commencement

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Caps and gowns are provided for you and can be picked up immediately following rehearsal on Friday, May 6, between 11:00am – 1pm, in Edman East Wing 140/141 - Kresge/Wurdack

Once you have your cap and gown, hang your gown on a hanger, and do not iron it. We recommend steaming it to get the wrinkles out.

Rehearsal for Commencement will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 6, in the Buswell Library.  At that time, you will receive specific instructions for lining up, marching, seating, and receiving diplomas

Commencement will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, in Edman Chapel. Please arrive for line up no later than 2:15 p.m. at Buswell Library. Specific locations for lining up will be given at rehearsal.

Please arrive wearing your cap and gown—and don’t forget your hood, tassel, and zipper pull!  You will need to keep any personal items with you during the line-up and event. Purses, or any items that cannot fit in your pocket, are discouraged.

Students should dress in regalia for Commencement. Once you have your cap and gown on a hanger, do not iron them. We recommend steaming  to get the wrinkles out. The tassel is worn on the LEFT. Because you are graduate students, there is no “turning of the tassel” during the Commencement ceremony.

Only approved adornments may be worn to Commencement. These are scholastic honors cords, student government cords, certificate stoles, and honor society cords. All adornments must be issued by the department representing the distinction.

  • Women: Skirt, dress pants or dress. You will be walking across bleachers and risers; please wear flat shoes. Also please, no jeans or flip flops.
  • Men: Dress shirt, tie, and slacks. Closed toe shoes are appropriate. Please, no jeans, lounge pants, or flip flops.

No. Tickets are not required for the Graduate School commencement ceremony, so you are encouraged to invite family and friends. For those who cannot be present for the ceremony, commencement will be streamed live at wheaton.edu/streaming.

Yes, we invite you to submit a recording of your name. Please visit our Commencement 2022 – Name Pronunciation webpage, fill in your information, record the pronunciation of your name, and submit. This will be used in conjunction with the phonetic spelling you provided to help with accuracy.

If you anticipate needing any accommodations in order to ensure an accessible Commencement ceremony for you or your guests, please contact the Learning and Accesibility Services office at LAS@wheaton.edu as soon as possible. 

For those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility we invite you to be seated at 8:15 a.m. for baccalaureate and at 2:00 p.m. for commencement. Please have the entire party report to the East Wing side door of Edman Chapel (the ramped door) or the West Side Edman door. If individuals need hearing assistance, Edman Chapel is equipped with a listening assistance system. A limited number of assisted listening devices are also available. Please see an usher to request such a device. 

While there is no specific limit and you are welcome to invite family and friends to the Graduate School Commencement ceremony, we recommend a limit of 10 guests per student, in order to ensure seating for everyone.

We are not requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test to attend any of our Graduate School Commencement weekend events.  We do ask that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms refrain from attending or confirm via a negative test that it is safe for others to be around you.

You can view a livestream of the ceremonies here if you cannot attend in person.

Wheaton College is a mask-friendly environment, and we encourage individuals to consider wearing a face covering while attending large gatherings such as Baccalaureate or Commencement. Those who opt to wear face coverings or need to for personal safety should feel welcome and comfortable doing so.

For those seeking additional safety options, we are providing mask-only seating sections in Coray Gym (for Baccalaureate) and Edman Memorial Chapel for Graduate School Commencement.

Yes, a professional photographer will be taking a picture of you receiving your diploma and/or being hooded. You and your family will be able to order prints; information will be sent to your my.wheaton email address. This will eliminate the need for individual photographs by family and relatives inside Edman Chapel.

Diplomas are sent after all degree requirements have been met, and all financial obligations resolved with the College.  If you have any loans, please be sure to do your Loan Exit Counseling. Once these items are complete:

  • May graduates should receive their diplomas by the end of July.
  • August graduates should receive their diplomas by mid-October.
  • December graduates should receive their diplomas by the end of February.

Please note while we will mail diplomas on the schedule above, any diplomas mailed internationally may take several extra months to be received.

We send the diplomas to the diploma mailing address you indicated on your application for degree. If that has changed or changes in the future, please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@wheaton.edu.

No, we only print one copy of your diploma. Please keep yours in a safe place.

You can order graduation announcements with Jostens through the Campus Store.

You can order your transcript on the Wheaton portal under Banner Self Service > Student Services > Student Records > Request Official Transcript. While completing your order online, please indicate if you want the transcript order to be held until your degree is posted.


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