Students celebrating graduation at Wright State


Ceremony Information

On this page:

Apply for Graduation

Follow these steps:

  1. Log into WINGS Express.
  2. Select "Apply for Graduation."
  3. Select your Degree. For dual degrees, you must apply separately for each one.
  4. Indicate whether you will attend the Commencement ceremony. You can change this later, if needed.

Deadlines to Apply for Graduation

Fall Semester 2016
Event Date
Undergraduate and Graduate Deadline to Apply for Graduation Friday, September 9, 2016
Graduation / Commencement Saturday, December 17, 2016
Spring Semester 2017
Event Date
Undergraduate and Graduate Deadline to Apply for Graduation Friday, January 20, 2017
Graduation / Commencement Saturday, April 29, 2017


  • 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. 
  • Turn off or place phone in silent mode to ensure that all guests may hear and enjoy the ceremony, including the processional and recessional.

Disability Accommodations

Graduates with disabilities who are participating in the Commencement Ceremony should contact Jean Denney in the Office of Disability Services or call (937) 775-5686. Please call at least two weeks in advance for instructions on line-up procedures.

Guests with Disabilities

Seating for guests with disabilities and up to two members of their party is available on the floor level. Additional seating for guests with mobility impairments is also available on the concourse level.  All seating is first come, first serve and reservations are not accepted. Seats are also reserved for those requiring Interpreter Services in Section 204.

If you have questions please contact the Student Union Administrative Office at (937) 775-5512 or

Wright State University's Nutter Center recognizes the needs of guests with disabilities as defined by the American Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. We continue to make every effort to comply with state and federal accessibility regulations and make reasonable accommodations for guests with disabilities.


Portions of Lots 1, 2, and 9 are designated for our patrons with disabilities. In addition, extra handicap spaces in the designated lots and surrounding lots for physically challenged patrons may be held for this event. To park in these areas, it is necessary to display an official state handicap parking permit or handicap license plate. To ensure you are able to get to the appropriate location, it is very important that you speak with the parking attendants and tell them you require handicap parking. For special arrangements, please contact Wright State Nutter Center Event Services at (937) 775-4743 or at

Entry to the Arena

There are access ramps for our physically challenged guests at Gate 9 and directly in front of the Box Office.

Automatic Doors

Automatic door openers are located on the first floor at Gate 9 and at every gate on the concourse level (except at Gate 5).


Wright State University's Nutter Center provides wheelchairs at Guest Services. You may also ask a Wright State Nutter Center staff member for wheelchair assistance. Reservations are not required.


Wright State University's Nutter Center provides handrails on each stairway between all arena seating sections.

Restrooms and Drinking Fountains

Accessible restrooms and drinking fountains are located throughout the concourse.

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 semester preceding the semester 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.

Getting Your Diploma (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, and Invitations

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 on October 19 & 20, 2016 from 11 am - 6 pm.  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

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 Dayton 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 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


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 If you are an undergraduate student, you should contact the Student Union Administrative Office at 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.

Live Streaming

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

Watch On Demand

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.

Live Broadcast

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.