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Widener University holds commencement, its formal graduation ceremonies, in May of every year. It is at commencement that diplomas are conferred to students who have successfully completed all degree requirements at Widener University. To participate in commencement, all degree candidates must follow this graduation checklist, including filling out the RSVP form.

Graduate students who are receiving master's or doctoral degrees from August 2017, December 2017, or May 2018 should attend the graduate student commencement ceremony on Friday, May 18, at 9:30 a.m. on the Main Campus in Chester.

Undergraduates who are receiving bachelor's or associate's degrees from August 2017, December 2017, or May 2018 should attend the undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 19, at 9:30 a.m. on the Main Campus in Chester.

See the events page for more information. The Law Schools hold separate commencement ceremonies for law graduates at the campuses in Wilmington, Delaware, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

These commencement pages are your primary resource for all information relating to graduation at Widener University's Main Campus. To participate in the commencement ceremony, candidates for graduation must follow all instructions posted at this website. The site is updated regularly, so check back often.

Inclement Weather:  The commencement ceremonies are held outdoors, rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for weather conditions. If it is raining, we will distribute ponchos with the programs. Umbrellas are NOT permitted because they block the view of others, the spokes can be dangerous, and they divert rain onto others seated adjacent or behind.

Commencement Programs: Here are downloadable PDFs of the programs for the Commencement Ceremony for Baccalaureate and Associate's Degree Students and the Commencement Ceremony for Doctorate and Master's Degree Students so you can follow along in the comfort of your home and not miss a thing. You can quickly find your graduate's name in the program by using the "Find/Replace" function: Click at the top of page 7 in the first column, then press Ctrl-F (Mac users press Command-F) to open the Find/Replace feature. Next, enter the graduate's last name in the search field and click the next arrow until the graduate's name is highlighted.


Both Commencement ceremonies will be broadcast live over the Internet.