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Graduate Appreciation Days

April 29: Senior Send Off
Rain or Shine
12:00 noon–2:00 p.m.
Across Campus


We’re sending our seniors and graduates off in style, with a parade that only Golden Bears can pull off! We want to recognize our seniors and other University graduates with all the fanfare you deserve!

All graduates will gather at the football stadium with their caps and gowns. They will be lined up single-file in no particular order. Graduates will be led through the parade route around campus by the drumline. The parade will end back at the Pine Grove.

View the parade route through campus.

*This is not a graduation or commencement ceremony.

COVID-19 Safety:

  • Masks and physical distancing will be maintained throughout the entirety of the parade.
  • Graduates will walk single-file, six feet apart.
  • Campus community members will stand six feet apart.
  • At no point will there be a gathering of people within six feet of each other.
  • The parade will be constantly moving so that people will not be gathering.
  • This is a closed event, meaning that only WNE community members may attend. No outside vendors or guests are allowed. 

May 3: Grandes for Grads
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Starbucks Bakery Cafe

Need a caffeine boost to get through your finals? Grab a $1 iced or hot coffee courtesy of Aramark! 

May 4: Cords and Cones Celebration 
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Deliso Lawn
Rain Location: University Commons 1st Floor and Portico

Come pick up outstanding honor society cords and have a professional photo taken in your regalia. To help celebrate your achievements, plenty of ice cream will be on hand! 

May 5: Summer Swag Giveaway Day
3:00-6:00 p.m.
NEW LOCATION: University Commons 1st Floor and Portico

Kick off the start of summer with themed swag giveaways! You'll be ready to work on your tan and "Stay Golden" with a new beach bag, sunglasses, and more!