Undergraduate Commencement FAQs

Undergraduate Commencement Information

See the Full Commencement Week Event Schedule

The Wheaton College bookstore will be handling regalia fulfillment for students and faculty. Students will not need to place orders or pay for their regalia.

You can pick up your regalia from the Wheaton College campus bookstore on Monday, May 1st from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. If you are unavailable, please plan for a roommate or friend to pick them up on your behalf. In order to pick up your cap and gown from the bookstore you will need to complete the CVC survey.

Rehearsal for Commencement and Baccalaureate will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 5th, in the Library.  At that time, you will receive specific instructions for lining up, marching, seating, and receiving diplomas. Rehearsal is scheduled to end at 12:30 p.m.

Commencement will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 7th, in Edman Chapel. Please arrive for line up no later than 2:15 p.m. at the 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. Approved adornments 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. You should have reserved your seats at tickets.wheaton.edu already, and shared/printed those tickets with your guests as they will be needed for entrance into Edman Chapel. Guests without tickets may use overflow seating with projection screen video available in Coray Alumni Gym located in the Beamer Center, or Barrows Auditorium located in the 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.

Doors will open at 2:15 p.m. for Commencement, and 8:15 a.m. for Baccalaureate. Guests who have accommodations can arrive 15 minutes prior for entrance.

Commencement and Baccalaureate are also streamed live at wheaton.edu/streaming.

Graduating students will receive up to three tickets. Students were given the opportunity to request a fourth ticket via a Commencement survey in March. Final ticket numbers were distributed in April.

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.

The service will be held from 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, May 7th, 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 the Library. Seniors and graduate students will sit together for Baccalaureate. Guests do not need tickets for this service, and overflow seating is available in the Coray Alumni Gym.

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 U.S., the transcript is considered the official document while a diploma is considered a ceremonial document.

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

You can order your transcript through our third-party vendor, Parchment, 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.

See the Full Commencement Week Event Schedule