Commencement General FAQs

Who is eligible to participate in Commencement?

There is one commencement ceremony each year which is designed to honor all graduates from that academic year. All students who graduated in the summer semester and the fall semester, along with the students completing their graduation requirements by the end of the spring semester, are welcome to participate in the commencement ceremony.

In addition, a student who is eligible for graduation with no more than four (4) credit hours remaining to complete all degree requirements by the end of the spring semester, is welcome to participate in the commencement ceremony.

What are the academic requirements to graduate?

Graduates are not required to participate in any of the graduation exercises but it is highly encouraged. It is an opportunity for the graduate and their family and friends to celebrate all of the students’ accomplishments.

Is there a rehearsal?

Commencement rehearsal takes place the Friday morning before the commencement ceremony. Graduates must attend rehearsal. Here, graduates will learn about the processional line-up, what to wear and the timeline of the ceremony. It is the best opportunity for students to get clarification on any questions or concerns they may have.

How do I know I am graduating with honors?

Students who are eligible to graduate with Latin Honors at the end of the Fall semester prior to graduation will be able to wear Honor Cords at Commencement. Latin Honors will be conferred on graduating seniors whose cumulative GPA meets the following criteria:

  • 3.9-4.0 Summa Cum Laude
  • 3.7-3.89 Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.5-3.69 Cum Laude

Students must earn a minimum of 45 semester hours at William Peace University to be eligible for Latin Honors. In order to be recognized as Valedictorian, a student must have earned at least 90 credits at William Peace University.

What is appropriate dress for the weekend?

Family members and other guests are encouraged to dress comfortably for the weekend, taking the weather conditions into account. Most guests dress in business attire for the Baccalaureate service and the Commencement exercises, but there is typically a wide range of attire for those ceremonies. Graduates should wear shoes appropriate for walking in grass and on the brick walkway are recommended. Graduates wear cap and gown for both ceremonies. The tassel is worn on the right side of the mortarboard until the student is awarded a degree. Mortarboards may be decorated in a 2-dimensional fashion only. Graduates who are members of disciplinary honor societies should wear the pins or cords they receive as part of their induction into the honor society. Latin Honors recipients will wear gold cords to indicate graduating with Latin Honors.

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