Commencement is a special time of year at West Virginia University.
As the Class of 2023 gathers to celebrate, among the sea of caps and gowns is a proud first-generation graduate, an eager advocate and a dedicated researcher. This moment offers a chance to stop and think about the journey they have taken together in our mission to improve the health and well-being of West Virginians.
We know that wherever they go, they will help to make the world a better place, taking with them the values that make Mountaineers truly special — service, curiosity, respect, accountability and appreciation. They have chosen a life that seeks to better the lives of others, through health, wisdom and compassion. And we can’t wait to see what they do.
Schedule of events
Commencement ceremonies will be live-streamed on this website, as well as graduation.wvu.edu. Archived recordings will also be available on both websites.
December 2023 Commencement Ceremony Commencement Ceremony,
Information for attendees
Free parking is available for graduates at the Coliseum. There will be parking staff and University Police officers stationed to help direct you to the nearest parking area.
University Police and parking staff will be on site to help direct guests to designated parking areas. Accessible parking is available for guests who require it. Accessible parking placard should be visible upon entry to help parking staff direct you to the designated accessible parking area. More parking information can be found on the WVU Parking Map for the Evansdale Campus. Shuttles will be available from parking lots to the ceremony locations.
Guests may enter through any of the gates at the Coliseum. Doors will open one hour prior to ceremony start time.
Graduates should check-in at the Basketball Practice Facility 60 minutes prior to the ceremony time.
No one other than the graduates will be permitted into the check-in areas.
Clear Bag Policy
The University’s Clear Bag Policy will be enforced for Commencement activities. Attendees may bring in one clear bag no larger than 12"×6"×12" or a 1-gallon plastic storage bag. Attendees are limited to one clear bag per person, along with a small clutch bag (no larger than 4.5"×6.5") for privacy.