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Frequently asked questions


What will the virtual commencement ceremonies look like?

The virtual ceremony will include messages from the president, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, Board of Governors, and deans from the schools and colleges. To help celebrate your academic achievement on social media, there will be exclusive frames and GIFs available, as well as e-cards for family and friends to send to their graduates.

Do I need to purchase a cap and gown?

Regalia is not required to attend the virtual ceremonies. If you would like to purchase a cap and gown please place your order by April 22, 2021.

For questions regarding rings or announcements, please contact the WSU Bookstore at 313-577-2436.

What about doctoral regalia?

You may place your order for doctoral regalia online through Oak Hall.

Will Ph.D./Ed.D. graduates have an opportunity to participate in a hooding ceremony in the future?

When we are able to have an in-person commencement ceremony, Ph.D./Ed.D. graduates will be invited to attend. You may also send an email to commencement@wayne.edu to express your interest in participating.

What are the plans for the postponed in-person ceremony for students who would like to attend?

The university is currently developing plans for interested students to participate in an in-person ceremony at a later date. Although we do not have specific information to share at this time, we will share details on the commencement website as they become available. Once plans are finalized, all graduates from the Class of 2021 will be invited to attend.

What is the difference between graduation and commencement?

Graduation is completing your degree requirements and earning your diploma; commencement is the celebration of graduation. Attending commencement is not required to celebrate.

Will I receive my degree even though there will not be an in-person ceremony?

Yes. Once degrees have been certified, usually within four to six weeks following the end of the semester, your diploma will be mailed.

Who do I contact if I have questions regarding my degree application or my diploma?

For questions regarding degree applications, contact your advisor or the Office of the Registrar at graduation@wayne.edu.  

How can I purchase a commemorative t-shirt?

You can purchase a commemorative t-shirt listing graduates names. Be sure to place your order by May 10, 2021.

How can I purchase my graduation frame and other alumni gear?

The WSU Bookstore has diploma frames and alumni gear available for purchase. 

How can I order announcements and class rings?

For questions regarding caps and gowns, rings or announcements, please contact the WSU Bookstore at 313-577-2436.

What if I have a question that is not addressed here?

If you have any other questions regarding the ceremony, please contact the commencement office at commencement@wayne.edu.