Commencement

Students in grad attire at 2018's commencement

2019 Commencement

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.

Graduation Fair

Cap and Gown

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 Student Hoods

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

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.

Graduation band

Graduating Student Survey

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

Pinning and Hooding Ceremonies

Nursing

May 6, 2019
4–6:00 p.m.
Vieve Gore Concert Hall

MSC

May 9, 2019
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Vieve Concert Hall

MED

May 10, 2019
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Courage Theatre

MSMHC

May 7, 2019
5:30–7:00 p.m.
Vieve Gore Concert Hall

MAT

May 10, 2019
6–7:00 p.m.
Vieve Gore Concert Hall

Business School

May 9, 2019
7–9:00 p.m.
Grand Hall at the Union Pacific Depot

Student Commencement Speaker

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 etorres@westminstercollege.edu to apply. All materials must be included in one document to be considered (multiple documents are not accepted).

  • Current resume (be sure to include your degree program)
  • Letter of intent addressing the following question: Why do you want to be the student speaker?
  • First draft of speech (not to exceed 4–5 minutes)

The selection committee will be reviewing your application based on the following areas:

  1. Demonstrated academic success and involvement as a student at Westminster
  2. Motivation to be the speaker
  3. Quality and content of the speech

Qualifications of a high-quality speech include:

  • The speech should strive to inspire and motivate.
  • Content should be relevant, encouraging, and memorable.
  • The speech should include reflections on the mission, vision, and values of Westminster.
  • You should be able to articulate how your academic experience translates into the realm of possibilities of the graduating class.
  • Your message should be forward-looking.

Ceremony Details

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

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.

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 toward the front (additional wheelchair seating is available in the upper level).

Photography

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

Honors are awarded to undergraduate students who complete 60 hours of coursework with letter grades at Westminster and meet the following criteria:

Honors LevelCriteria
Summa Cum LaudeTop 10% of eligible students
Magna Cum LaudeSecond 10% of eligible students
Cum LaudeThird 10% of eligible students

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:

2018–19 Honors GPAs

  • Summa Cum Laude 3.923
  • Magna Cum Laude 3.823
  • Cum Laude 3.752

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.

Student-receiving-diploma

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) or May 10 (if finishing in May).

Diplomas

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.

Graduation band

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.

Address Changes

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.