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Undergraduate Commencement FAQs

Undergraduate Commencement Information

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Caps and gowns are provided for you and can be picked up on Monday, May 2, between 10am – 2pm, in the CVC (Student Services Building 112). If you cannot pick up your gown at the scheduled time, there will be a late cap and gown pick-up scheduled for Wednesday, May 4, from 10am – 1pm in the CVC (SSB 112). Please be sure to complete your First Destination Survey before you pick up your cap and gown.

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 and Baccalaureate will begin promptly at 11:00 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 Sunday, May 8, 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 tassel and zipper pull!  You will need to keep any personal items with you during the line-up and event.

 

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.  During the Commencement ceremony, caps should be worn flat on your head.  The tassel goes on the RIGHT side. It is turned to the LEFT upon the conferral of degrees 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. 

If you anticipate needing any accommodations in order to ensure an accessible Commencement ceremony for you or your guests, please contact the Learning and Accessibility 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. All entrants will need a ticket for commencement. 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. 

Tickets are required for guests who wish to sit in Edman Chapel; guests without tickets may use overflow seating with closed circuit HD large screen viewing available in Coray Gym (Beamer Center) or Barrows Auditorium (Billy Graham Hall). You are encouraged to invite family and friends to participate in the weekend activities, even if they do not have a ticket to Edman. Commencement and Baccalaureate are also streamed live at wheaton.edu/streaming.

All graduating seniors who are participating in Commencement will be allocated 3 guest tickets. Final ticket numbers were sent to students via email on 4/5/2022.

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.

All undergraduate Commencement attendees should present a Wheaton College issued ticket. We are not requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test to attend any of our 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.

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 Undergraduate Commencement) and Barrows Auditorium (for Undergraduate Commencement).

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

Yes, a professional photographer will be taking a picture of you receiving your diploma. 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.

Baccalaureate is a worship service honoring graduates. The Baccalaureate speaker will be President Ryken. It will be held from 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, May 8, in Edman Chapel. Caps and gowns will be worn, and you need to be present to line up no later than 8:30 a.m. at Buswell Library. Seniors and graduate students will sit together for Baccalaureate. Guests do not need tickets for this service.

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.

You will receive an email after your degree has been awarded confirming your address. If that has changed or changes in the future, please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@wheaton.edu.

No, only your name, degree and Latin honors, if received, appear on your diploma. Degree, majors, minors, certificates and honors appear on your transcript. In the US, the transcript is considered the official document; the diploma is considered a ceremonial document.

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.

Please visit the Reservations page to RSVP for the Commencement Brunch. These Commencement Brunch instructions will be helpful to you as you navigate the webpage.

No, reservations are not needed for this reception.  It is a drop-in, stand-up event (with a few chairs available) that does not require tickets or RSVPs.



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