Commencement Weekend

Degree Verification

Degree completion = Degree audit at 100%: Watch your degree audit in DegreeWorks for confirmation that you have fulfilled all of your requirements. Once your degree progress bar is at 100 percent and all of your requirements have a check mark beside them, you can rest assured that your degree will be awarded.

Incomplete degree requirements: If your degree audit does not place you at 100 percent, you did not fulfill all of your degree requirements. The Registrar’s Office will send an email to your Wofford address explaining the situation and advising you how to resolve it. You can still participate in Commencement. You will receive your diploma cover when you cross the stage; however, your actual diploma will be mailed to you once all of your requirements are noted as complete.

How to contact the Office of the Registrar: After 5 p.m. on the Friday before graduation, the Office of the Registrar can only be contacted through registrar@wofford.edu. The office has 36 hours from grade submission on Friday until the ceremony on Sunday to process all final grades, award degrees for the entire graduating class, and finalize the program for the printer. The office will not answer the telephone or the door after 5 p.m. on the Friday before graduation.

Transcript requests: Please submit transcript requests as early as possible through our online service. The link is available on myWofford. Be sure to indicate if you would like your transcript to be held for final grades and/or your degree. Processing of transcript requests will begin the Wednesday after the Commencement ceremony.

For information for parents and family members concerning Commencement Weekend, visit the Family Information about Commencement Weekend page.

Logistics

Moving out of the residence halls: The Office of Residence Life requires seniors to move out of college housing by 5 p.m. on the Sunday of Commencement. Please contact Assistant Dean Allen Lollis (lollisja@wofford.edu) with questions.

Participation in ceremony: All students are encouraged to participate in Commencement Exercises with their class as long as they are completing their degree requirements in May, August, December or Interim. If you finish your degree a full year after your class, you will need to participate in the May ceremony of the year you completed your requirements.

Rehearsal: Wofford does not have a rehearsal prior to Commencement. Please be respectful of your classmates and arrive on time Sunday morning in order to line-up and process in for the 9:30 a.m. start. There will be student and faculty marshals to assist you.

Location and length of ceremony: Commencement will last approximately 1 ½ -2 hours. The ceremony will take place on the front lawn of Main Building. Tickets are not required. 

Purses/valuables: Please do not bring purses or valuables with you to graduation. There is no place to store them during the ceremony.

Photos: A professional photographer with the company Grad Images will photograph you as you receive your diploma. You will have the opportunity to purchase photos from them. For more information, visit gradimages.com.

Rain Plan: In the case of inclement weather, the commencement ceremony will move to the Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium, and tickets will become required due to the limited capacity of the arena. The College will make the rain call, if necessary, and communicate that to students on Thursday, May 19. If the rain plan is enacted, students will be allowed 6 tickets each, and ticket distribution will take place on Friday, May 20 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm in the Mungo Student Center Lobby as well as 3:00 - 6:30 pm in the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts. Any tickets not picked up on Friday will be available on Sunday morning at a "will call" at Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium beginning at 8:00 am. Students may share any extra tickets they may have with classmates who need additional tickets. If students lose their tickets between Friday and Sunday, they will not receive replacement tickets.

Regalia pickup: Regalia is handled by the Wofford College Bookstore, please contact them for information.

What to wear underneath regalia:

  • Men: Wear a white dress shirt and tie and dark pants. Jeans, tennis shoes, and flip-flops are not appropriate.
  • Women: Wear a dress, skirt or dress pants and appropriate shoes. You will be walking across campus, through grass, up and down stairs, and across the stage; please take this into consideration if you choose to wear heels. Again, jeans, tennis shoes, and flip-flops are not appropriate.

College policy regarding honor cords, stoles, etc.

  • The Commencement ceremony is intended to be humble and dignified. It’s an event in which you, as a cohort of graduates, are recognized for your successful completion of your course of study. It is not an event to particularize or categorize students into small groups. Students complete majors, minors, and programs of study, and the college community celebrates that with you. Those academic activities are included in the Commencement program along with indications of honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude, and high honors in an academic discipline). We do not permit supplementary ornamentation at Commencement.