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Students who have already graduated in the previous August or December, and all those who are "cleared for graduation" in May, are expected to participate in the May Commencement ceremony. Students will not be permitted to participate in the Commencement ceremony if they have not met all requirements for graduation by the Wednesday prior to Commencement.

Students must have indicated on their graduation application that they wish to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

If a student has applied for May graduation but has not met all the requirements for graduation, an attempt will be made to notify her/him by telephone before Commencement Day. It is therefore important that the telephone number provided on the graduation application be kept current.

Guests of graduates who have indicated they are participating in Commencement must have tickets, distributed by the Bookstore, in order to enter the Butcher Center. Depending on the number of participants, fire marshal limitations may change the number of tickets that can be distributed to participants for their family members.  See ticket information here.

Remember to watch the Bookstore website during the year for information on tickets, Graduation Fairs, and other commencement-related events.

Guests with Commencement tickets will enter the Butcher Center via the upper-level doors that face the Frank Arts Center. Doors will open no earlier than noon on Commencement Day. Ushers will be on hand to receive tickets and assist. Thank you for having your ticket ready and available for the ushers as you enter.

Do you know of participants or guests with special needs who will attend commencement?

The special needs seating entrance to the Butcher Center on Commencement Day will be through the lower-level doors. Ushers will be on hand to receive tickets and assist.

Information about lodging in and near Shepherdstown may be found here.

Shepherd University | Office of the Registrar | P.O. Box 5000 | Shepherdstown, WV | 25443-5000
304-876-5463 | 800-344-5231 | FAX 304-876-5136 |