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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.

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. See the regalia page for complete information.

Are parking passes needed?

Parking passes are not needed. Parking is on a first-come first-serve basis.

Does the ceremony location change if it's raining?

Rain or shine, the ceremony is held outside on Memorial Field. Please dress appropriately for the weather. We will distribute ponchos if it rains. 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.

Do my guests need tickets?

No. Tickets are not needed.

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. The site is updated regularly, so check back often.

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.