Ceremony Information

Wright State University holds two commencement ceremonies each year. The first ceremony is Fall Commencement which is held in December. Summer and Fall graduates may participate in this ceremony. The second ceremony is Spring Commencement which is held the last Saturday of April or the first Saturday of May.

Fall Commencement

  • When: Saturday, December 17, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
  • Where: Wright State University Nutter Center
  • Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. 
  • Students, please arrive no later than 9:00 a.m.
  • See parking and hotel information for directions and lodging options.

Tickets are not required to attend the Fall Ceremony.


The December ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes. The May ceremony lasts approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.


The commencement ceremony is a special event for all involved. It commemorates the completion of an educational goal by the graduate and allows family and friends to participate in a celebration of that completion. Please show respect for everyone who has come to share in the experience.

  • During the reading of graduate names, we ask graduates and their guests to be considerate in their applause so that all names are heard clearly and the ceremony is not disrupted
  • Please return to your seat after you have been recognized and remain for the entire ceremony
  • To ensure that all guests may hear and enjoy the ceremony, please check that all cellular devices are on silent mode or turned off during the entire ceremony, including the processional and recessional

Seating Arrangements

Seating arrangements for the ceremonies are developed based upon the population of the ceremony participants, including the graduating students, faculty, and staff.

The fall seating plan will be posted in December.

*Please note that the diagram is not to scale.

Graduating with Honors

Latin Honors

Undergraduate students with outstanding academic records are recognized at commencement. Latin Honors are based on the achievement of high grades. Three distinctions are noted:

For Students First Enrolled PRIOR to Fall 2006:

  • Summa Cum Laude indicates a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.8
  • Magna Cum Laude indicates a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.6
  • Cum Laude indicates a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4

For Students First Enrolled DURING or POST Fall 2006:

  • Summa Cum Laude indicates a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.9
  • Magna Cum Laude indicates a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.7
  • Cum Laude indicates a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5

Undergraduate students who have earned these distinctions wear white cords in recognition of their achievements and have their level of distinction noted by their name in the printed program. The above information applies to undergraduate students only. Graduate students are required to maintain a certain grade point average, and Latin Honors do not apply for them.

Latin honor cords for the 2016 Fall (December) Commencement will be available on November 28, in the Student Union Administrative Office (186 Student Union).

Requirements to Attain Latin Honors

Latin Honors are based on meeting the minimum honors grade point average requirements for work attempted at Wright State University and for all college work attempted as of the end of the term in which the student graduates (that is, by the day on which term grades are due). In calculating cumulative grade point averages for honors, only the first grade earned for a course will be counted. To be eligible for academic honors at graduation, students must have earned at least 45 credit hours at Wright State University. Please keep in mind that transfer credits from other colleges and universities are also used to calculate the grade point average in determining Latin Honors.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the printed program with respect to degrees awarded and honors conferred. The honors indicated in the program are based upon the student’s grade point average at the end of the quarter preceding the quarter of graduation. The appearance of a name in the list of degree candidates is not to be regarded as conclusive since some final grades are not submitted until after commencement. The student’s permanent academic record (transcript) is the official record.

Honors Program

Students who have successfully completed one of the curricular tracks in the University Honors Program will receive an Honors medallion. Please contact the Honors Program for more information on the medallion.

Academic Attire

Candidates for graduation are required to wear the appropriate academic attire (cap, gown, and hood, if applicable) to participate in the ceremony. The academic robe is different for each of the awards presented—undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate. The hoods or tassels represent the college, school, or major field in which the student is receiving the degree. Following are the color designations for each college, school or discipline:

  • Graduate School, graduate level – Black
  • Post-Graduate School, postgraduate level – Gold
  • Boonshoft School of Medicine – Green
  • School of Professional Psychology – Royal Blue
  • *College of Engineering and Computer Science – Orange or Yellow
  • *College of Science and Mathematics – Yellow
  • Raj Soin College of Business – Drab
  • College of Liberal Arts – White
  • College of Education and Human Services – Light Blue
  • College of Nursing and Health – Apricot

*NOTE: The proper color for all "Sciences" is Golden Yellow, with the exception for engineering students, for whom the proper color is Orange.

You should wear the color (and gown) of the highest level degree you are receiving. If they are of equal ranking (i.e. two bachelor's degrees), wear the color of the group with whom you are seated. You may not wear more than one tassel.

Conferral of Degrees

Since our commencement ceremonies immediately follow final exams, we are not able to certify the completion of graduation requirements prior to commencement. Therefore, Wright State University does not distribute diplomas at its ceremonies.


Students who are graduating during Fall and Spring Semesters will receive their diploma cover during the commencement ceremony. Summer graduates will receive their diploma cover in the mail. Please note it may take 6–8 weeks to receive your transcript and cover.

Caps & Gowns, Announcements, Invitations, Etc.

The Wright State Bookstore holds a Graduation Fair prior to the December and April Commencement ceremonies where patrons may purchase a range of supplies for their graduation needs, including invitation cards, banners, gifts, etc.

The Graduation Fair for the 2016 Fall Commencement will be held in the Bookstore in October 2016.  There will be several vendors present for you to speak with; Framing Success, Oak Hall, and Balfour.  If you are unable to attend the fair, graduation announcements and class rings may be ordered online at balfour.com.

Keepsake caps and gowns will be available in the bookstore up to the day before the Commencement Ceremony. The gowns are black for graduate students and green for undergraduate. To ensure availability and correct fit, you are encouraged to purchase yours early. Please note: if you do not purchase your cap and gown from the WSU Bookstore, please be sure you obtain the correct color for your gown, tassel, and/or hood. If you are participating in the main campus ceremony and live near Lake Campus, please call the WSU Bookstore on the main campus to place your order.

Please contact the bookstore directly with questions (937) 775-5600 or go to wright.bncollege.com.


Wright State University works with Graduation Foto, a leading commencement photographer. Prior to the start of the ceremony, Graduation Foto will be available for pre-commencement photographs on the upper-level concourse - gate 1and in the McLin Gymnasium. During the ceremony Graduation Foto will take one additional photograph.

Following the commencement ceremony, the photographer will mail no-obligation proofs within a week of the ceremony. Please remember: family and friends will not have access to the arena floor during the ceremony.

For additional information, please contact Graduation Foto at 1-800-482-0321 or visit their website at www.graduationfoto.com


Tickets will not be required for the Fall Ceremony.

Graduating students please note: in order to attend the commencement ceremony, you must indicate that you are participating on your Graduation Application in Wings Express. This can be updated and/or changed until December 1.

Please visit the Commencement homepage for the latest information about Fall commencement.

International Students

Obtaining a Letter of Invitation

International students who wish to invite members of their family to the graduation ceremony may request a "letter of invitation." Usually, this letter is used by the family to secure Visas for entry into the United States.

If you are an international student on a Visa, you should go to the University Center for International Education office to secure a letter of invitation for your family members. If you are not on a Visa and in the Graduate School please contact Lisa Lewandowski at lisa.lewandowski@wright.edu. If you are an undergraduate student, you should contact the Student Union Administrative Office at event_services@wright.edu or 937.775.5512 for a letter of invitation. In both cases, please be prepared to provide the full names of those to be invited, the familial relationship, and one embassy address for all names.  Multiple letters cannot be provided.  It is the responsibility of the recipient of the letter to process the invitation appropriately with the proper government officials.

Broadcast Information

There are several options for watching our commencement ceremonies without physically being there, including "online" options.

Wright State will provide a live stream of the ceremony as it occurs.

In addition to live streaming, Wright State will also keep the broadcast saved on its website for up to one year after the ceremony. These videos are kept among other saved videos in the On Demand Videos Player. Select the link and then browse to the desired video.

For the city of Fairborn, the live broadcast of our ceremonies is also streamed to the local cable networks and is available to watch on channel 21.