Westminster College Commencement Website
Graduation Process and Details

Graduation Process and details

The information below pertains to the students that will be graduating December 2013, April 2014, May 2014, and Summer 2014. 

Commencement Ceremony

Date: May 31, 2014
Time: 1:45 PM (Graduating students must arrive by 1:00 p.m.)
Location: Maverik Center | 3200 S. Decker Lake Drive (2200 West)

Information for Graduating Students

Address changes: Be sure to keep the Registrar informed of any address changes so you can receive up-to-date information.

Absentia: If you are not able to participate in the ceremony, you must notify the Registrar in writing and verify your address.

Transcripts: Be sure any transcripts of pre-approved transfer credit, CLEP scores, etc. reach the Registrar's Office by mid-April (if finishing by April 2014) or May 10 (if finishing in May 2014).

Cap, gown & announcements: Come to the Graduation Fair on April 2 or 3, 2014 anytime between 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the Behken Fieldhouse of Eccles HWAC.  Here you can purchase announcements, make sure you are cleared for graduation, visit with the Alumni Office and learn about graduate programs. You can also order annoucments and graduation memorabilia online at HJGrad.com Be sure to take the online graduating student survey prior to the Graduation Fair. Please print the final page to bring with you to pick up your cap and gown . 

Gradaute Student Hoods: Graduate students will be able to pick up their hood along with their cap and gown at the graduation fair for free. If you want to purchase your hood to keep the following options are available: Used hoodb- $89.95 or New Hood - $119.95. You can speak directly with the Herff Jones Company during the fair to make the purchase. 

Ceremony: There is no rehearsal for Commencement.  Graduates will receive their information brochure via email with ceremony details and other information.

Pronunciation of Your Name at Commencement: Do you have a first or last name that might be difficult to pronounce? Please let us know so that Dean Ferne can practice before the big day! Please email commencement@westminstercollege.edu with the phonetic spelling of your name.  

Guests: No tickets are required for the ceremony and you may invite as many guests as you wish. Seating is "first come, first serve."  We strongly suggest that you coordinate with your family and friends before the ceremony as to where you will meet at the conclusion of Commencement.

Parking: There is plenty of parking at the Maverik Center but to ensure a timely arrival, please be sure you arrive by 1 p.m. Thereis no cost for parking at the Maverik Center. Please allow your guests enough time to be seated before 1:40 PM, as the processional starts at 1:45 PM.

Walking disabilities: Graduates for whom walking in the processional may be difficult should contact the Dean of Students Office, 801-832-2230, in advance to discuss alternative arrangements. Families using wheelchairs will need to arrive early, as there is limited seating toweard the front. (Additional wheelchair seating is available in the upper level). 

Diplomas: Diplomas will be available for pickup after the Commencement Ceremony when you return your cap and gown and other academic regalia. May Term and August graduateswill not receive their diplomas at Commencement. If you attended May Term or Summer courses, you will be notified by the Registrar’s Office when your diploma will be available for pick up.

Honors: For Bachelor candidates, honors are based on their cumulative GPAs at the end of Spring term. Honors require a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 with 60 hours at Westminster College OR a transfer GPA of 3.5 or above and 35 graded hours at Westminster with a GPA of 3.5 or above. GPAs are NOT rounded for honors. Students who have a 3.5 GPA or above at the end of Fall semester but still need May term and/or Summer term hours to qualify for honors will be noted with honors in the program. There will be a general program note saying: "Honors designations are subject to change based on calculation of final GPAs."

Graduating Student survey: Take the online graduate survey and tell us about your educational experience at Westminster. Your input is important, so complete the survey before the Graduation Fair. Please print off the last verification page to bring to cap/gown distribution. 

Good Standing Accounts: Your cap, gown and diploma will be released only if your account with the college is in good standing. Be sure all library, accounting, and parking holds are cleared. Also, please remember to complete a loan exit interview before the cap and gown distribution process.

Photography: Island Photo will photograph all graduates as they receive their diplomas. A free proof will be viewable online within 2-3 days of Commencement. You will recieved an email with the link to view your photos. There is no obligation to purchase photos.  To view them, please visit islandphoto.com and click on graduation ceremony. Please use the pin providied via email to view your pictures.