Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I receive a bronze die cast medallion with the presidential seal in honor of my achievement?
Only graduates attending the 1:00 p.m. commencement ceremony will receive a bronze die cast medallion with the presidential seal. The medallion will be presented to each graduate during commencement exercises.
Where can I buy graduation announcements?
Announcements may be purchased from the Weber State Bookstore beginning Monday, September 29, 2014. Orders can be made online at
Where/when do I pick up my cap, gown and tassel, and what color of tassel will I receive?

Students may pick up their cap, gown and tassel at the GRAD FEST located in the Shepherd Union Building, Ballroom B, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4 and Wednesday, November 5.  No pre-ordering or payment is necessary. The cap, gown and tassel do not need to be returned. If you have questions, please call (801) 626-8581. If you have a problem with your cap, gown or tassel after you have received them, return them to the apparel department on the 2nd floor of the WSU Bookstore in the Shepherd Union Building from November 6 to December 10 for adjustments. For problems on December 12th, go to the bookstore alcove in the Dee Events Center between portals 6 and 7 after 11:30 a.m.

The colors of the tassels on the mortar board represent academic fields in which the graduates receive their degree. The colors are as follows:

  • Black - College of Applied Science and Technology
  • White - Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts and Humanities
  • Brown - John B. Goddard School of Business and Economics
  • Light Blue - Jerry and Vickie Moyes College of Education
  • Apricot - Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions
  • Golden Yellow - College of Science
  • Cream - College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Cream - Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Purple and White - Associate Degree, Institutional Certificate
  • Salmon - Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions - Master and Bachelor of Health Administration
  • Orange - College of Applied Science and Technology - Electronics Engineering (EE)
How can I recognize my family? (PUTTING STUDENTS THROUGH Program)
Students who wish to honor someone who have helped them get to their graduation day may participate in the Putting Students Through (PST) Program. Application deadline to be a speaker at the ceremony is Friday, November 14, 2014.  Submission deadline for names to be honored at ceremony is Monday, November 24, 2014. Application forms are found at   The PST program will take place in the Shepherd Union Ballroom A at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, December 12. Please call (801) 626-7287 for additional information.
Do I need tickets for guests?
Tickets are not required to attend the commencement exercises.
How do I apply to be the graduate speaker at commencement?
Graduates interested in auditioning to be commencement speaker must sign up at the Student Activities Office (UB room 326D) or Dean of Students (SC 150) and submit a copy of a four minute speech, resume and a statement of future plans by Friday, October 24, 2014 .  Auditions will be held October 27 through November 5, 2014. Please call (801) 626-7256 for further information.
Where can I park?
Campus parking is open to the public free of charge the day of Commencement, December 12, 2014.  Shuttle bus service will run in a north-south direction and will pick up passengers at the southeast corner of the Stewart Library and transport them to the east entrance of the Dee Events Center.  The shuttle will operate every 10 minutes during peak hours, and operates 6:30 AM to 9:00 PM weekdays, and on the day of commencement.  Handicap access at the Dee Events Center is available at the east and north entrances.
Where can I find a map and directions?
Weber State Map
Directions to the Weber State University Ogden Campus
Will graduate photos be taken?

Yes. Photographs will be available for purchase through a commercial photographer. There will be two opportunities to have photos taken:

  1. Tuesday, November 4 and Wednesday, November 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at GRAD FEST located in the Shepherd Union Building, Ballroom B, as students pick up their caps and gowns.

  2. On Friday, December 12, photos will be taken of the graduates as they receive their diploma covers during commencement exercises.

  3. Proofs and pricing will be sent to the graduate’s mailing and/or email address between the first and second week following graduation. Questions regarding your photographs should be directed to the photographer, Grad Images, at (800) 261-2576.

Where do I enter the Dee Events Center, and what do I wear?
You may enter the Dee Events Center through the east entrance. When you arrive, please be wearing your cap and gown. If you have problem with your cap, gown or tassel, you may go to the bookstore alcove in the Dee Events Center between portals 6 and 7 after 11:30 noon and 12:30 p.m.
What time does the commencement program start?

12:30 p.m. Graduation Line-Up
Student processional lines will form in the upper concourse of the Dee Events Center. Please enter the Dee Events Center through the East entrance where ushers will direct you to your place in the processional line. Check the signs for your college.

1:00 p.m. Commencement Program
The candidates for graduation will receive a bronze Medallion with presidential seal and Commencement Program as they are guided to their reserved seats.  President Wight will preside and announce the program.  The exercises will conclude at approximately 3:00 p.m.

When will I receive my diploma?
Diplomas are mailed to December graduates after semester grades are recorded. You can expect to receive your diploma early to mid March. Diplomas will be sent to the address indicated on your application for graduation unless you notify the Graduation office prior to commencement. Students who cannot attend the commencement exercises may obtain a diploma cover from the Graduation office (Room SC 101) following Commencement.
What services are available for individuals with disabilities?

Accessible Parking at the Dee Events Center
Persons with mobility impairments may be dropped off and picked up at the East entrance of the Dee Events Center. Parking stalls for those with handicapped decals are located around the perimeter of the facility.

Accommodations for Guests with Mobility Impairments
Persons with mobility impairments should enter through the East entrance (near the Wildcat statue). Wheelchair seating areas are located in sections C, U and V of the Dee Events Center (Portals 4, 20 and 1, respectively.)

Accommodations for Guests with Hearing Impairments
A sign language interpreter will be provided at the commencement ceremony. Seating is available in the lower rows of section S of the Dee Events Center. Access to this area is available via portals 17 & 18.

Accommodations for Graduates
To make the necessary arrangements for the commencement ceremony, graduates with special needs who require accommodation because of a disability are required to contact Donald Guthrie, phone (801) 626-6856, in advance. For TTD/TTY calls, please call (801) 626-6850.

Do I qualify for Honor Cords?

Students who qualify for GPA Honors at Graduation may pick up their Honor Cord at the GRAD FEST located in the Shepherd Union Building on Tuesday, November 11 and Wednesday, November 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No pre-ordering or payment is necessary. The policy for honors eligibility is as follows:

Bachelor Degrees:

Summa Cum Laude
All candidates with a WSU GPA of 3.9 or above.

Magna Cum Laude
All candidates with a WSU GPA of 3.8 or above.

Cum Laude
All candidates with a WSU GPA of 3.6 or above.

Associate Degrees:

High Honors
All candidates with a WSU GPA of 3.85 or above.

All candidates with a WSU GPA of 3.6 or above

GPA Honors is based on the student’s cumulative WSU grade point average. GPA Honor designations are recognized in the Commencement Program, on diplomas and on transcripts. GPA Honor categories for the Commencement Program are determined by your WSU GPA at the time the Commencement Program is printed. Your final WSU GPA honor category at graduation is determined by your GPA at degree posting time.

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