The Commencement ceremony is Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. in the Maverik Center (3200 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, UT 84119). Graduates should arrive at 9:00 a.m. to check in and line up for the procession. There is no rehearsal for Commencement. Graduates will receive additional information via email.
Come to the Graduation Fair in the Behnken Field House of HWAC on March 20 and 21 between noon and 6:30 p.m. to pick up your cap and gown, make sure you are cleared for graduation, visit with Alumni Office staff, and learn about graduate programs. If you miss the Graduation Fair, you will be charged a late fee of $50 for your cap and gown order.
Graduate students can also pick up their hood along with their cap and gown at the Graduation Fair for free. If you want to keep your hood, you can purchase a used hood for $89.95 or a new hood for $119.95. You can speak directly with the Herff Jones Company during the fair to purchase your hood.
If you can't attend the Graduation Fair, you can have someone else pick up your cap and gown by completing a proxy form to grant them permission. The proxy form can be found in the email sent to all graduating seniors. All items, including holds and fines, will need to be cleared before you or someone else can pick up your ceremony items.
Prior to the Graduation Fair, please complete the graduating student exit survey to tell us about your educational experience at Westminster. It should take no more than 10–15 minutes.
Take the 2017–18 Undergraduate Student Survey
Take the 2017–18 Graduate Student Survey
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The student Commencement speaker application is currently closed. You must be available on Friday, March 1 between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to give your speech to the Commencement Student Speaker Selection Committee. Once your application has been received, you will be sent a link to schedule a specific time to meet with the committee.
Submit the following information to Erica Torres at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply. All materials must be included in one document to be considered (multiple documents are not accepted).
The selection committee will be reviewing your application based on the following areas:
Qualifications of a high-quality speech include:
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 at the Maverik Center is free and plentiful, but to ensure a timely arrival, please arrive by 9 a.m. Allow your guests enough time to be seated before 9:40 a.m., as the processional starts at 9:45 a.m.
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 toward the front (additional wheelchair seating is available in the upper level).
Island Photo will photograph all graduates as they receive their diplomas. A free proof will be available online within 2–3 days of Commencement. You will receive an email with the link to view your photos. There is no obligation to purchase photos.
Honors are awarded to undergraduate students who complete 60 hours of coursework with letter grades at Westminster and meet the following criteria:
The grade point averages necessary to meet honors criteria are based on the previous year's graduating class grade point averages (GPA). The GPA required to receive honors for graduation is determined after the entire class has been graduated in August and are published at the beginning of the fall semester.
Based on the above policy, the registrar's office has determined the following GPA cutoffs for graduating with honors:
Honors noted in the commencement program are based upon the grade point average at the end of the fall semester. Honors designations noted in the program are subject to change based on the calculation of final grade point averages for students attending May and summer terms. Grade point averages are not rounded in order to achieve honors.
Be sure any transcripts of pre-approved transfer credit, CLEP scores, etc. reach the registrar's office by mid-April (if finishing by April) or May 10 (if finishing in May).
After graduation processing has been completed, you will be notified when diplomas are available to pick up in the registrar's office free of charge. A photo ID is required and all holds with the school must be cleared in order to release your diploma. You may also choose to have your diploma mailed to you by completing the Diploma Mailing Request Form. To ensure that your diploma arrives safely, all diplomas are mailed via certified mail; there is a $20 fee associated with this service.
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.
Be sure to keep the registrar informed of any address changes so you can receive up-to-date information. This should include your phone number, email, and physical address.