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Undergraduate Commencement Guide

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 21, 2022
2:00 p.m.
Caprio Alumni Healthful Living Center

Invitations and Tickets

Invitation distribution begins Wednesday, April 20 at GradFest. If you are unable to pick up your invitation and tickets during GradFest, you can pick them up at the bookstore anytime prior to Commencement. The Blue and Gold Campus Bookstore hours are Mon-Thurs, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Fri, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Each graduating senior candidate is provided four tickets for their guests.

For those individuals who have larger numbers of immediate family members, please email records@wne.edu to add your extra ticket requests to our wait list. The tickets will be disseminated on a first come, first-serve basis.

Commencement Week Bookstore Hours

The bookstore will be open Monday, May 16 to Friday, May 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Caps and Gowns

Caps and gowns will be available for purchase at GradFest starting April 20. The cost for an undergraduate cap, gown, and tassel is $35. If you are unable to pick up your cap and gown during GradFest, you can pick it up at the bookstore any time prior to Commencement.

Commencement Week Bookstore Hours

The bookstore will be open Monday, May 16 to Friday, May 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Commencement Check-in and Ceremony Etiquette

Graduating seniors are advised to report to the Caprio Alumni Healthful Living Center between 1:00 and 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. They should enter the campus by way of the access road next to the Church in the Acres on Wilbraham Road and enter the building through the rear door of the Multipurpose Room. Parking is available in the lot behind the Caprio Alumni Healthful Living Center. Graduating seniors must check in and should be dressed in their caps and gowns, as well as appropriate attire. Only graduates who check in will have their names read during the ceremony. There will be no rehearsal.

As a courtesy to all graduates and their families, please plan to remain throughout the entire Commencement proceedings, which generally run 2 1/2 hours.

Diplomas

Graduates will receive a digital download of their official diploma following the ceremony, as well as a diploma cover on stage. Diplomas will be mailed to the graduates’ address on file within 3-4 weeks.

Photographs

Photographs will be taken of each graduate by Legacy Studios as they receive congratulations from President Johnson.

As soon as your Commencement photos are processed, graduates and their families will be able to view and purchase their photos online.

Simply visit https://vando.imagequix.com/H9WFF9C, use the student's WNE email address as the online code, and then enter your own email address for access.

Family and Guests

Guests must have tickets and enter through the main entrance of the Caprio Alumni Healthful Living Center. Those without tickets will not gain entrance. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. The ceremony will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. and will last approximately 2 1/2 hours. Seating will be in chairs, not bleachers.

Financial Obligations

The deadline for settling all accounts at the Enrollment Services Office in order to receive a diploma after Commencement is Thursday, May 19, 2022.

Ceremony Participation Eligibility

All August 2021, October 2021, February 2022, and May 2022 graduates are eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Graduates are asked to notify Enrollment Services at 413-796-2080 immediately if they change their mind about participating in the Commencement ceremony.

Graduating seniors who will be within six credits of graduation as of May 21, 2022, may be eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony. A Participation Request form must be sent to the Dean’s office prior to March 30, 2022.

Special Arrangements

Reasonable accommodations are available upon request for people with disabilities for all WNE-sponsored graduation activities and Commencement day. If you are a graduating student with a disability or will have a guest with a disability present, please request accommodations through the office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) before April 1, 2022, by emailing your request to accessibility@wne.edu.

Accessible parking near the Caprio Alumni Healthful Living Center is limited to vehicles with designated license plates or placards. You may drop off elderly guests in front of the Caprio Alumni Healthful Living Center. The University does not provide wheelchairs for guests. Drop-off of elderly guests does not require calling the office of Student Accessibility Services if no special seating is required.

Assisted listening devices are available for use during Commencement. Please contact Bill Arnold, Senior Manager of Media Services, at 413-782-1639 to reserve a device.

Parking

Parking is available at various locations on campus. Guests will be directed to parking areas as they approach campus. As a convenience to guests, shuttle service vans circle the outer campus parking lots on a continuing basis for one hour before and one hour after the ceremony.

On-campus Housing

For families traveling, we are pleased to open our “home” to our families by making accommodations available in our air-conditioned Commonwealth Hall residence facility the night of Friday, May 20, 2022. The fee is $80 per room. Each room has two single beds. Check-in will be conducted in the Commonwealth Hall lobby from 1:00-2:30 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m. Check-out will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon and 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Video Streaming

The Commencement ceremony will be streamed live on the University website starting at 2:00 p.m. on May 21, 2022, at wne.edu/commencement.