Over 3,300 Graduates and Counting: WCU’s Commencement Ceremonies Take Center Stage!

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WEST  CHESTER, PA — The University has organized 15 separate commencement ceremonies to accommodate more than 3,300* spring graduates and their guests. The main campus ceremonies take place between Friday, May 12, and Sunday, May 14, in Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building (700 South High Street, West Chester, 19383) and Hollinger Field House (150 University Avenue, West Chester, 19383).

There are 2,465 students* eligible to graduate at West Chester University’s undergraduate commencement ceremonies. Undergraduate students will graduate by department and College. Also, two ceremonies for the 854 graduate-level candidates will take place on Sunday, May 14: The 3 p.m. ceremony in Hollinger for graduates of the College of Education and Social Work and the College of Health Sciences; and the 6 p.m. ceremony in Hollinger for graduates of the Colleges of Arts & Humanities, Business & Public Management, Sciences & Mathematics, and the School of Music.

In addition, several special ceremonies recognize specific graduating populations with the awarding of special stoles or cords prior to the commencement ceremonies.

  • This is the 31st year for WCU to host a Kente celebration, which affirms and celebrates the cultural identity of students who identify as Alaskan Native, Asian and Asian American, Black and African American, Caribbean American, Desi American, Latina/o/x, Native American, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Multiracial. The service, at which Kente cloth stoles are awarded, takes place Thursday, May 11 at 6 p.m. in Hollinger Field House.
  • Also on May 11, the WCU Honors College hosts a service to award graduating students their cords. It takes place at 8 p.m. in Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall.

The procession for each hour-long ceremony begins 15 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. Tickets are required. A chronological listing of all main campus ceremonies is included at the end of this release. All ceremonies will be livestreamed. The complete schedule for main campus commencements, information on parking and accessible arrangements, and other details is on the Registrar’s commencement information website.

WCU’s Philadelphia Campus will host two commencement ceremonies for May and August 2023 graduates on Saturday, May 13, at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing. The undergraduate ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the graduate ceremony will begin at 12 p.m. and both will be livestreamed. The procession for each hour-long ceremony begins 15 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. Tickets are required for guests three years of age and older.

* Combined with the numbers of graduates from the University’s fall commencement last December, WCU has graduated a total of 4,657 students (both undergraduate and graduate) for the academic year 2022-2023: 3,466 undergraduates and 1,191 graduates.

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