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What is "commencement"?

Commencement is a graduation ceremony at which diplomas are conferred. See the events page for specifics about Widener's commencement ceremony on the Main Campus.

How do I know if I am eligible to graduate?

Work with your academic advisor and program director to ensure you have met all of the degree requirements. In addition, see the participation requirements page.

Will my guests need tickets and how can I get the tickets?

Graduates may bring as many guests as they’d like to the commencement ceremony. However, there is limited guest seating under the awning. Therefore, tickets are required for the area under the awning.

All tickets for guest seating under the awning have now been allocated through the guaranteed allotment of 2 tickets and through the lottery for an additional 2 tickets.

Please note that graduates DO NOT need a ticket. All tickets are for graduates' guests. Guests who are not sitting under the awning do not need a ticket.  

You can pick up your “under the awning” tickets on the following dates and times. You need photo identification to pick up the tickets. Graduates will not be able to pick up tickets for other graduates. 

At the University Center Information Desk on the Main Level:

  • Monday, May 6, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 7, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 8, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 9, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Friday, May 10, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm 

At the Widener University Bookstore located on ProvidenceAvenue, across from Uno’s Pizzeria:

  • Monday, May 13, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm (purchase your regalia at the same time)
  • Tuesday, May 14, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm (purchase your regalia at the same time)
  • Wednesday, May 15, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm (purchase your regalia at the same time)
  • Thursday, May 16, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm (purchase your regalia at the same time)

At the Mann Center:                            

  • Friday, May 17, starting at 2:00 pm at the main gate


What if I have a guest who has ADA accessibility/mobility issues?

Regarding guests with ADA mobility concerns, The Mann is ADA accessible. See The Mann's website for more information: 

The ADA seating areas are limited and first-come first-served. We can only admit the ADA guest and one companion in ADA seating. There are wheelchair seating areas under the awning and near the Terrace and Lawn seating, and ADA regular seating that is closest to the ADA drop-off area. The Mann has advised us that the distance between the drop-off area and the ADA seating is about 400 feet. Guests who cannot walk 400 feet should bring a wheelchair. Note that ADA regular seating and ADA wheelchair seating is limited and is first-come first-served.  

What is "regalia," and is it required for graduation?

Regalia refers to the formal attire worn during a graduation ceremony. This attire includes graduation gowns, caps, hoods, cords, stoles, and medallions. To participate in commencement at Widener, you must wear the proper regalia.

Will I receive my diploma during the actual ceremony?

No. During the ceremony, you will receive an empty tube. Your diploma will be mailed to you once all degree requirements have been met.

I didn't receive anything about the ceremony in the mail, so how can I obtain graduation information?

We are doing as much as possible online in order to contribute our share in protecting the environment. All information regarding graduation can be found on this commencement website. E-mail notices are sent to the entire Widener community advising everyone that is the primary source for commencement information.

Do you have a question regarding graduation that is not covered on this site? Please e-mail and we will get back to you soon with an answer.