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Congratulations to our 2017 Graduates!

Waynesburg University holds one Commencement service annually at the end of the Spring semester. Graduates from the academic year are recognized at the ceremony.

Graduation planning should begin 6 to 12 months prior to a student's final semester of classes.

Click on either the undergraduate or graduate students tab for information specific to you - including a pre- and post-graduation to-do list, as well as information on tickets, caps, gowns, announcements, student honors and more.

Click on the schedule tab for important information regarding inclement weather and the Commencement timeline.

Commencement: Sunday, April 30, 2017

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10 a.m. Graduates and Faculty Arrive at the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel for Baccalaureate Procession Line-up

All graduates and faculty will robe in the Marsh Center (lower level of Chapel) promptly at 10:00 a.m. The procession line forms at 10:30 a.m.

The procession will begin at 10:50 a.m. under the direction of Dr. James Bush, Assistant Faculty Marshal. The procession for Baccalaureate will not follow any specific alpha or degree order. Please be prompt!

10 a.m. Guest Seating Begins for Baccalaureate Service

Seating available in Roberts Chapel (until full), Goodwin Performing Arts Center and Alumni Hall.

11 a.m. Baccalaureate Service in Roberts Chapel

Graduates are not to wear caps or hoods for the Baccalaureate service.

The event will be live-streamed at www.waynesburg.edu

Immediately following Baccalaureate: Honor Cords Distribution

Gymnasium foyer. Honor cords and academic excellence pins may be obtained in the foyer of the Gymnasium immediately following Baccalaureate until just prior to Commencement line-up at 1:00 p.m.

Only cords and pins issued by the Waynesburg University Office of the Registrar or approved by the Provost may be worn during the Commencement ceremony. No other pins or decorations are to be displayed on either the cap or gown. Graduates are not permitted to carry or wear flowers during the ceremonies.

11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Graduate Buffet Luncheons in Benedum Dining Hall and Stover Campus Center: Tickets are Required

All graduates and their families are welcome to celebrate at the Graduate’s Luncheon on the day of Commencement. Tickets for this buffet-style luncheon should be purchased in advance online and presented at the door. There will be two seating time slots to choose from at the time of purchase. Please refer to the Commencement schedule, as the time slots do overlap slightly with other activities. There are a limited number of seats per time slot; tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $8 per person in advance and are non-refundable. Tickets may be available at the door for $15. For more information or to order tickets, please visit Waynesburg Ticketleap.

12:30 p.m. Guest Seating Begins for Commencement Service
1:00 p.m. Arrive at Commencement Procession Line-up Locations

Bachelor's Degree Candidates will robe in the Gymnasium (see campus map) at 1 p.m. Promptness is imperative as the procession forms at 1:25 p.m. Those who are not at their assembly points, in academic regalia, when the procession is formed, will be placed in the late line. Graduates will line-up alphabetically in double files by degree. Signs will be posted in the Gymnasium indicating where you should gather.

Members of the faculty will assist Dr. Bush in the double files and will lead the graduates in each of their designated degree programs in the procession.

Master's Degree and Doctoral Candidates will robe in the Fitness Center 1st Floor (see campus map) at 1 p.m. Promptness is imperative. Signs will be posted for the designated degree programs. Those who are not at their assembly points, in academic regalia, when the procession is formed, will be placed in the late line.

Members of the faculty will assist and lead the graduates in each of their designated degree programs in the procession.

Late Arrivals: Any candidate arriving after 1:15 p.m. will be considered late-arriving and must report to the Gymnasium for further instructions from a representative from the Office of the Registrar. A late arrival will be seated at the end of the procession and will follow all other degree candidates. Once the Commencement procession begins, it is not interrupted.

2 p.m. Commencement Service

Graduates will observe proper decorum and etiquette that befits a formal, once-in-a-lifetime ceremony. Graduates are not permitted to carry gifts, flowers, etc. during the academic exercises. Guests and graduates are asked not to use cell phones during the ceremony. Use of cell phones during the ceremony, including the procession across campus, is disruptive to guests, students, and ceremony participants.

Miller Hall sits on a hill and the lawn, where the Commencement service is held, is on a slope which is steep in places. There is a risk of tripping and/or falling due to the slope of the lawn or due to heels sinking into the grass. For your safety, we request that high heeled shoes NOT be worn for the service.

Dr. Bush will lead the bachelor's degree candidates, and Directors will lead the master's degree and doctoral candidates across Fountain Park to the sidewalk in front of Miller Hall. The procession of graduates will stop in front of Miller Hall and separate into two ranks to honor the President, special guests, trustees, and faculty as they pass through.

Once the procession begins, it will not stop or be broken until it is completed at Miller Hall and all graduates have been seated.

Caps are worn during the procession and ceremonies but are removed for the invocation, national anthem, and benediction.

All graduates are expected to participate in the entire ceremony, from the start of the procession through the recession after the benediction.

A professional photographer will be taking pictures as graduates shake hands with the President. These images will be available for purchase through Grad Images, the independent vendor contracted for this service. Proofs will be mailed to the graduate by Grad Images. All questions regarding this photography service should be directed to Grad Images. Family members may take photographs in designated areas only.

Post-Commencement - Welcome to the Alumni Family Reception

Immediately following the Commencement ceremonies, please join the Waynesburg University Alumni Office and the Alumni Council for a reception for graduates and their families in Fountain Park (rain location: Benedum Dining Hall).

Inclement Weather

  • Guests should come prepared for all weather conditions, including rain and hot sun.

  • Tickets are not required to attend Commencement services held outdoors on Miller Hall lawn. This is always the first choice location for the services. Services will only be moved indoors should conditions require. This decision will be made the day of services based on weather and ground conditions.

  • Should a decision be made to move the ceremony indoors due to inclement weather, notice will be immediately posted on our website's main page and social media, and a text message will be sent to all cell phone numbers opted in via the Graduation Order and Attendance Form.

  • In the case of inclement weather, Commencement will be held in the Marisa Fieldhouse. Because of the size of the graduating class and the limited space, tickets will be issued for admittance. Each graduate who completes the Graduation Order and Attendance Form will receive TWO electronic tickets from Ticketleap via e-mail to the address submitted on the form. The tickets will be automatically sent to graduating students in April; they will not immediately arrive upon completion of the Graduation Order and Attendance Form. Tickets will be required at the door and will be scanned.

  • Due to aisle restrictions to comply with fire codes, no strollers will be permitted in the Marisa Fieldhouse.

  • Guests without tickets may view the ceremony via closed circuit TV from the Goodwin Performing Arts Center, Alumni Hall, McCance Auditorium (in Buhl Hall), Stover Center 3rd Floor conference rooms and Snyder Lecture Hall (in Stewart Science Hall). (See campus map).

  • To view remotely, click on the live feed link at www.waynesburg.edu.

Undergraduates

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Written notices regarding the 2017 Commencement website are e-mailed in February to participants who have officially applied for graduation. If you have not received an e-mail, please contact the Office of the Registrar to confirm your eligibility status.

Pre-Graduation To-Do List

    1. Verify graduation deadlines for the University.
      Month all work to be completed: Application to be submitted by:
      December Third Friday in July
      May Second Friday in November
      August Second Friday in April
    2. Complete the following actions and consult with your advisor:
      • Academic plan (view your plan using Self Service to confirm course requirements have been met)
      • Degree Audit
      • Application for Degree
    3. Update your local and permanent addresses with the Registrar's Office to ensure you receive all pertinent information without delay. This is the information used to mail your diploma. Check these address(es) for mail as well as your WU e-mail on a regular basis.
    4. Any financial obligations (i.e. fees, tickets, fines, etc.) and/or any HOLDS must be resolved prior to receiving your diploma, transcripts or any other official documents. If there is a financial obligation and/or hold on your account, contact the appropriate department (i.e. business office, students services, athletics, library, etc.) to make a resolution.
    5. Visit the WU Bookstore for your graduation announcements, University ring, and various memorabilia items. You may also call the bookstore at 724.852.2665.
    6. Commencement Attendance Policy – Attendance at Commencement is requested. All graduates must complete the Graduation Order and Attendance Form to indicate plans to attend and to order your cap and gown. Cap and gown orders will be available for pickup at the bookstore beginning at the Grad Fair.
    7. Any graduate with special needs (such as visual, auditory, and/or mobility) who will require reasonable accommodations to participate in the Commencement service(s), please contact Brian Carr at 724.852.3317 or email bcarr@waynesburg.edu. Requests should be made a minimum of one week prior to Commencement to allow time to arrange for the accommodations.
    8. You can complete your Graduation Interview Survey here. All graduates are requested to complete this survey.
    9. Should your plans to graduate change, notify the Registrar's Office at 724.852.3389.
    10. If you have borrowed funds through either the Federal Direct and/or the Perkins Loan Program, you are required to complete Exit Loan Counseling.

After Graduation

    1. Become a member of Waynesburg United -- the University's online community. Here you can sign up for alumni events, find University news and network with other alumni.
    2. The University's Alumni Relations site is also a great place to access alumni resources such as meeting the staff, finding ways to support your alma mater and requesting transcripts.

Tickets - Commencement and Luncheon

All graduate family and friends are welcome to attend the Commencement ceremony when held outside, but in the case of inclement weather, graduates will receive TWO electronic tickets via e-mail for the indoor ceremony. All other attendees are welcome to view the ceremony from one of the several viewing sites around campus.

All graduates and their families are welcome to celebrate at the Graduate’s Luncheon on the day of Commencement. Tickets for this buffet-style luncheon should be purchased in advance online and presented at the door. There will be two seating time slots to choose from at the time of purchase. Please refer to the Commencement schedule, as the time slots do overlap slightly with other activities. There are a limited number of seats per time slot; tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $8 per person in advance and are non-refundable. Tickets may be available at the door for $15. For more information or to order tickets, please visit Waynesburg Ticketleap.

Other Dining Options

Downtown Waynesburg restaurants within walking distance of campus that are confirmed to be open Sunday, April 30, 2017, include:

  • Aladdin Express Food Tent (on campus)
    • Offering morning and afternoon drinks, sandwiches, and snacks
  • Don Patron Mexican Grill at 128 E. High Street
  • Hot Rod's House of Barbeque at 46 S. Morris Street
  • Domino's Pizza at 136 W. Franklin Street
  • Lam's Garden at 68 S. Washington Street

For a more comprehensive list of restaurants in Waynesburg, please visit http://www.waynesburg.edu/directions/restaurants.

Senior Meeting

There will be a mandatory informational meeting for current main campus bachelor’s degree candidates on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at 3 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Following this meeting, at 4 p.m., there will be a presentation of the senior class gift to President Lee with a brief reception in Johnson Commons.

Caps, Gowns & Announcements

  • The bookstore will be sponsoring a "Grad Fair" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 29 to kick off the 2017 Commencement season. Caps and gowns may be picked up at the Waynesburg University Bookstore beginning that day. Caps and gowns will be available in-store through April 30 during normal bookstore hours. Early pick-up insures the best selection of size availability. Graduates must show a University ID card or driver's license at the time of pick up.

  • You must reserve your cap and gown online before going to the WU Bookstore to pick it up. All graduates must complete this form to register for attendance and to order cap & gown.

  • Many other graduation and memorabilia items, such as announcements, diploma frames, and University logo items, are available through the bookstore and online.

  • Graduation Fair Brochure is available here.

Baccalaureate Student Honors

Baccalaureate degrees with honors are conferred in accordance with the following cumulative grade point averages on courses completed at Waynesburg University.

Latin Honor Cumulative Grade Point Average
Cum Laude 3.50 - 3.65
Magna Cum Laude 3.66 - 3.89
Summa Cum Laude 3.90 - 4.00

These designations apply only to first-time candidates for the baccalaureate degree who have completed 60 or more credits hours of work at Waynesburg University. Students in adult programs requiring less than 60 credit hours are honored by the designation "Academic Excellence in Adult Programs."

Honor cords that represent the Latin honors and academic excellence pins may be obtained in the foyer of the Gymnasium immediately following Baccalaureate until just prior to Commencement line-up at 1 p.m.

Cords issued by all honorary societies officially sanctioned by Waynesburg University that have a WU faculty sponsor, and all national collegiate honorary societies with a local chapter and a WU faculty sponsor, must be approved in advance by the Provost.

Only cords and pins issued by the Waynesburg University Office of the Registrar or approved by the Provost may be worn during the Commencement ceremony. No other pins or decorations are to be displayed on either the cap or gown. Graduates are not permitted to carry or wear flowers during the ceremonies.

Special Needs Participants

  • An interpreter for the deaf will sign all services.

  • If you are a graduate with a disability (such as visual, auditory, and/or mobility) and will require reasonable accommodations to participate in the Commencement ceremony, please contact Brian Carr at 724.852.3317 or email bcarr@waynesburg.edu. Requests for accommodations should be made a minimum of one week prior to Commencement to allow time to arrange for the accommodations.

Late Arrivals

Any late-arriving graduate must report to the Gymnasium for further instructions from a representative from the Office of the Registrar. Once the Commencement procession begins, it is not interrupted. A late arrival will be seated at the end of the procession and will follow all other degree candidates.

Move-out Scheduling

  • We strongly recommend that all students move out of their residence halls as soon as possible after their last final exam.

  • Please note that Commencement Day is a hectic day on campus with heavy traffic, roads blocked, and limited or no access to the parking lots at the residence halls. In addition, our staff is occupied coordinating logistics aimed at making this a special day for all who attend. For these reasons, moving out of the residence halls is not permitted on Sunday until after the Commencement ceremony is over and roads are opened, approximately 6 p.m.

  • As a last resort, anyone traveling from a distance who is unable to move out before Commencement Day could consider moving out after the commencement ceremony; however, please plan to allow approximately one hour after the ceremony ends (approximately 6 p.m.) before roads will be fully open and parking lots cleared to begin the move-out process. If you must move after the ceremony, please plan on completing the move-out process by no later than 8 p.m.

  • Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Diplomas

Diplomas will be sent to the home address on file in the Registrar's office, via first-class mail. Students completing degree requirements beyond the Commencement Ceremony will receive their diploma approximately one month after the respective term of completion. Diplomas for graduates with any holds still on their account will not be mailed until after holds are released.

Graduate Students

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Written notices regarding the 2017 Commencement website are e-mailed in February to participants that have officially applied for graduation. If you have not received an e-mail, please contact the Office of the Registrar to confirm your eligibility status.

Pre-Graduation To-Do List

    1. Verify graduation deadlines for the University.
      Month all work to be completed: Application to be submitted by:
      December Third Friday in July
      May Second Friday in November
      August Second Friday in April
    2. Complete the following actions and consult with your advisor:
      • Academic plan (view your plan using Self Service to confirm course requirements have been met)
      • Degree Audit
      • Application for Degree
    3. Update your local and permanent addresses with the Registrar's Office to ensure you receive all pertinent information without delay. This is the information used to mail your diploma. Check these address(es) for mail as well as your WU e-mail on a regular basis.
    4. Any financial obligations (i.e. fees, tickets, fines, etc.) and/or any HOLDS must be resolved prior to receiving your diploma, transcripts or any other official documents. If there is a financial obligation and/or hold on your account, contact the appropriate department (i.e. business office, students services, athletics, library, etc.) to make a resolution.
    5. Visit the WU Bookstore for your graduation announcements, University ring, and various memorabilia items. You may also call the bookstore at 724.852.2665.
    6. Commencement Attendance Policy – Attendance at Commencement is requested. All graduates must complete the Graduation Order and Attendance Form to indicate plans to attend and to order your cap and gown. Cap and gown orders will be available for pickup at the bookstore beginning at the Grad Fair.
    7. Any graduate with special needs (such as visual, auditory, and/or mobility) who will require reasonable accommodations to participate in the Commencement service(s), please contact Brian Carr at 724.852.3317 or email bcarr@waynesburg.edu. Requests should be made a minimum of one week prior to Commencement to allow time to arrange for the accommodations.
    8. Remember to complete your Graduation Interview Survey.
    9. Should your plans to graduate change, notify the Registrar's Office at 724.852.3389.
    10. If you have borrowed funds through either the Federal Direct and/or the Perkins Loan Program, you are required to complete Exit Loan Counseling.

After Graduation

    1. Become a member of Waynesburg United -- the University's online community. Here you can sign up for alumni events, find University news and network with other alumni.
    2. The University's Alumni Relations site is also a great place to access alumni resources such as meeting the staff, finding ways to support your alma mater and requesting transcripts.

Tickets - Commencement and Luncheon

All graduate family and friends are welcome to attend the Commencement ceremony when held outside, but in the case of inclement weather, graduates will receive 2 electronic tickets via e-mail for the indoor ceremony. All other attendees are welcome to view the ceremony from one of the several viewing sites around campus.

All graduates and their families are welcome to celebrate at the Graduate’s Luncheon on the day of Commencement. Tickets for this buffet-style luncheon should be purchased in advance online and presented at the door. There will be two seating time slots to choose from at the time of purchase. Please refer to the Commencement schedule, as the time slots do overlap slightly with other activities. There are a limited number of seats per time slot; tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $8 per person in advance and are non-refundable. Tickets may be available at the door for $15. For more information or to order tickets, please visit Waynesburg Ticketleap.

Other Dining Options

Downtown Waynesburg restaurants within walking distance of campus that are confirmed to be open Sunday, April 30, 2017, include:

  • Aladdin Express Food Tent (on campus)
    • Offering morning and afternoon drinks, sandwiches, and snacks
  • Don Patron Mexican Grill at 128 E. High Street
  • Hot Rod's House of Barbeque at 46 S. Morris Street
  • Domino's Pizza at 136 W. Franklin Street
  • Lam's Garden at 68 S. Washington Street

For a more comprehensive list of restaurants in Waynesburg, please visit http://www.waynesburg.edu/directions/restaurants.

Caps, Gowns & Announcements

  • The bookstore will be sponsoring a "Grad Fair" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 29 to kick off the 2017 Commencement season. Caps and gowns may be picked up at the Waynesburg University Bookstore beginning that day. Caps and gowns will be available in-store through April 30 during normal bookstore hours. Early pick-up insures the best selection of size availability. Graduates must show a University ID card or driver's license at the time of pick up.

  • You must reserve your cap and gown online before going to the WU Bookstore to pick it up. All graduates must complete this form to register for attendance and to order their cap & gown.

  • Many other graduation and memorabilia items, such as announcements, diploma frames, and University logo items, are available through the bookstore and online.

  • Graduation Fair Brochure is available here.

Regalia options for Doctoral students

Below are the different options to choose from when ordering DNP/Ph.D. regalia:

  1. Standard student regalia - Black gown, black velvet, hood, and gold tassel - Provided by the University at No Cost to the graduate.

  2. Sale Package - Black gown, black velvet on chest and sleeves, metallic gold braiding, hood, tam with gold silk tassel - $569.95 (Regular price of $696.20)

  3. Black gown, degree-specific color velvet on chest and sleeves, hood, tam with gold silk tassel - $652.60

  4. Black gown, black velvet on chest and sleeves, degree-specific color braiding, hood, tam with gold silk tassel - $696.20

*Packages 2, 3 and 4 are considered custom regalia and take 6-8 weeks for delivery. The above prices do not include shipping and tax. Standard student regalia is meant for one-time use. Samples of the apricot velvet and apricot braiding can be viewed in the bookstore. Eligibility for graduation is verified with the Office of the Registrar prior to your order being placed.
Please contact Herff Jones Consultant, Vince Rodi, at 412.331.2562 or email vincerodi@yahoo.com to order regalia or for answers to any questions.

Special Needs Participants

  • An interpreter for the deaf will sign all services.

  • If you are a graduate with a disability (such as visual, auditory, and/or mobility) and will require reasonable accommodations to participate in the Commencement ceremony, please contact Brian Carr at 724.852.3317 or email bcarr@waynesburg.edu. Requests for accommodations should be made a minimum of one week prior to Commencement to allow time to arrange for the accommodations.

Late Arrivals

Any late-arriving graduate must report to the Gymnasium for further instructions from a representative from the Office of the Registrar. Once the Commencement procession begins, it is not interrupted. A late arrival will be seated at the end of the procession and will follow all other degree candidates.

Diplomas

Diplomas will be sent to the home address on file in the Registrar's Office, via first-class mail. Students completing degree requirements beyond the Commencement Ceremony will receive their diploma approximately one month after the respective term of completion. Diplomas for graduates with any holds still on their account will not be mailed until after holds are released.

Guests and Ticket Information

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Live Feed

Commencement Day services will be live-streamed online. Please check www.waynesburg.edu on the morning of Commencement for more information.

Guest Arrival Times

The Baccalaureate service begins at 11 a.m. Doors to the Chapel and other viewing sites will open for guest seating at 10 a.m.; guests should not enter the Chapel before this time. Please plan to arrive early, as parking on campus is limited. (See parking info in Maps tab).

The Graduate Luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. in Benedum Dining Hall and Stover Campus Center. Tickets are required. Graduates may purchase tickets online. More information on ticket sales can be found in the "Tickets" section below.

The Commencement service begins at 2 p.m. All guests should be seated before this time. Graduates are to arrive no later than 1 p.m. for procession line-up. Please plan to arrive early, as parking on campus is limited. (See parking info in Maps tab). Seating on the lawn will be available beginning at 12:30 p.m. Should the ceremony be held indoors due to inclement weather, doors to the various viewing sites will open beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets - Commencement and Luncheon

All graduate family and friends are welcome to attend the Commencement ceremony when held outside, but in the case of inclement weather, graduates will receive 2 electronic tickets via e-mail for the indoor ceremony. All other attendees are welcome to view the ceremony from one of the several viewing sites around campus.

All graduates and their families are welcome to celebrate at the Graduate’s Luncheon on the day of Commencement. Tickets for this buffet-style luncheon should be purchased in advance online and presented at the door. There will be two seating time slots to choose from at the time of purchase. Please refer to the Commencement schedule, as the time slots do overlap slightly with other activities. There are a limited number of seats per time slot; tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $8 per person in advance and are non-refundable. Tickets may be available at the door for $15. For more information or to order tickets, please visit Waynesburg Ticketleap.

Other Dining Options

Downtown Waynesburg restaurants within walking distance of campus that are confirmed to be open Sunday, April 30, 2017, include:

  • Aladdin Express Food Tent (on campus)
    • Offering morning and afternoon drinks, sandwiches, and snacks
  • Don Patron Mexican Grill at 128 E. High Street
  • Hot Rod's House of Barbeque at 46 S. Morris Street
  • Domino's Pizza at 136 W. Franklin Street
  • Lam's Garden at 68 S. Washington Street

For a more comprehensive list of restaurants in Waynesburg, please click here.

Inclement Weather

  • Guests should come prepared for all weather conditions, including rain and hot sun.

  • Tickets are not required to attend Commencement services held outdoors on Miller Hall lawn. This is always the first choice location for the services. Services will only be moved indoors should conditions require. This decision will be made the day of services based on weather and ground conditions.

  • Should a decision be made to move the ceremony indoors due to inclement weather, notice will be immediately posted on our website's main page and social media, and a text message will be sent to all cell phone numbers opted in via the Graduation Order and Attendance Form.

  • In the case of inclement weather, Commencement will be held in the Marisa Fieldhouse. Because of the size of the graduating class and the limited space, tickets will be issued for admittance. Each graduate who completes the Graduation Order and Attendance Form will receive TWO electronic tickets from Ticketleap via e-mail to the address submitted on the form. The tickets will be automatically sent to graduating students in April; they will not immediately arrive upon completion of the Graduation Order and Attendance Form. Tickets will be required at the door and will be scanned.

  • Due to aisle restrictions to comply with fire codes, no strollers will be permitted in the Marisa Fieldhouse.

  • Guests without tickets may view the ceremony via closed circuit TV from the Goodwin Performing Arts Center, Alumni Hall, McCance Auditorium (in Buhl Hall), Stover Center 3rd Floor conference rooms and Snyder Lecture Hall (in Stewart Science Hall). (See campus map).

  • To view remotely, click on the live feed link at www.waynesburg.edu.

Photos, Gifts, & Flowers

  • Please remember Graduates are not permitted to carry or wear flowers or other gifts during the ceremonies.

  • No balloons are allowed in Marisa Fieldhouse.

  • The Waynesburg University Bookstore will be open on Sunday, April 30, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and contains many University logo items as well as diploma frames. Feel free to stop in and browse our selection of gift and memorabilia items.

  • A professional photographer will be taking pictures as graduates shake hands with the President. These images will be available for purchase through Grad Images, the independent vendor contracted for this service. Proofs will be mailed to the graduate by Grad Images. All questions regarding this photography service should be directed to Grad Images.

Special Needs Guests

  • An interpreter for the deaf will sign all services.

  • Ushers will direct guests to the areas reserved for wheelchairs and the sign language interpreter. The recommended seating is located in Alumni Hall. Limited handicap seating is available at other sites.

  • Security officers will direct guests to the special handicapped visitor parking areas. Handicapped vehicle placards will be required in these lots.

  • Handicapped accessible restroom facilities are located in Hanna and Miller Halls, the foyer of Denny, the Gymnasium, Benedum Dining Hall, Goodwin Performing Arts Center, Roberts Chapel, and Stover Campus Center.

  • For graduates with special needs, please see the Student Information section

Maps and Parking

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Parking and Points of Interest

Campus Map

Click here for a printable black and white campus map (PDF).

This map reflects the parking areas on and around the campus area which are available for Commencement Day parking. Please take special note of any lots which have restricted use. University staff and security members will be available both on campus and off-campus to answer questions and give directions. Please feel free to stop and speak with these representatives for help.

We recommend allowing additional time in your arrival schedule to allow for potential delays due to parking. Lots on campus are limited and fill up quickly. Shuttle van service will be available from off-campus lots and golf cart shuttles will be available around the on-campus lots.