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Commencement 2019

Congratulations, Class of 2019!

Friday, May 10, at 9:30 a.m.

WVU Creative Arts Center, Evansdale Campus


8:45 a.m.Class of 2019 Group Photo

  • Graduates assemble promptly for Class of 2019 group photo on the front steps of the Creative Arts Center (in the event of rain this photo will be canceled).

9:00 a.m.Gather for Line Up

  • Line up for graduation will be at 9:00 a.m. in the Gladys Davis Theatre at CAC.

9:30 a.m. — Hooding/ Commencement Ceremony

  • Creative Arts Center Auditorium (CAC) Lyell B. Clay Concert Theater.
  • Open to the public, no ticket required.


Please arrive for the group photo wearing your cap and gown. After the group photo, you will report to the Gladys G. Davis Theatre in the CAC (adjacent to the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theater). Class marshals will help you line up in the proper order. This requires 30 minutes to complete. You will then proceed to the stage. Graduates will have professional photos taken upon receiving their diplomas. Ordering instructions will be available at the WVU Commencement website.


Members of the Class of 2019 and guests are invited to a reception at the College of Law immediately following the Commencement Ceremony.

History of the Hooding Ceremony

The Hooding Ceremony has its origins deep in the history of educational institutions. In Medieval times, universities were truly a collection of separate colleges, each of which was devoted to particular disciplines and professional training. At commencement time every year, the faculties of the colleges met, examined their students, and upon finding them to have satisfied all of the requirements established for the curriculum of the college, by vote of the faculty, a hood was provided to be invested upon those persons who were recommended to the university as being qualified for the degree. Over the years, the hoods became colored according to college and discipline. We follow that tradition in investing the members of the graduating class of the College of Law with the purple hood of the law, so that all present will know that these men and women have been found qualified and worthy to receive the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence.

Save the Date

Wednesday, February 20, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – ORDER YOUR REGALIA! Meet with representatives from Herff Jones in lobby to order your cap, gown, hood, any other graduation supplies.

Honors and Awards Page for info on Barristers and Coif
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