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Welcome to the Concord University Graduation webpage. Here you will find information about applying for graduation, commencement schedules, and details for guests such as maps and seating.
 
Applying for Graduation
Students will have an opportunity to attend a Graduation Fair and apply for graduation during each regular semester (fall and spring). Students should consult the semester calendar, or the Registrar, to confirm the application deadline for graduation. Students who do not apply prior to the designated deadline will be assessed an additional late fee and their names may not appear in the commencement program.

Applicants who fail to meet all graduation requirements, including payment of all outstanding balances owed to the University, will not qualify to have their degree(s) conferred by Concord University. Those students must resubmit an application for graduation for the next available graduation date. Note: No additional graduation fee will be assessed for students reapplying for graduation.
Spring 2020 Virtual Graduation Options

Dear Graduating Seniors,

First, please allow me to express our deepest regrets that we will not be able to hold an in person graduation this May due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. However, please rest assured that we are working very hard to develop a creative and dynamic virtual commencement for the Spring Class of 2020. We welcome each of you to participate in both our Spring Virtual Commencement as well as the Fall 2020 ceremony.  We will provide each graduate with their choice of a virtual download or complementary DVD of the ceremony.  

In order to make this experience as personal and special as possible, we need your help.  Below you will find a link to a form that we ask that each of you complete.  This form will let us know what your preferences are for the ceremonies as well as provide you with a link to purchase your academic hoods and stoles, etc. The form will also indicate if you wish to have your cap & gown and diploma cover mailed to you now. 

Several of you may have already received a phone call from our office just checking in to see how things are going for your last semester and to discuss commencement.  Please know that I am still in the process of making those calls, so if you haven’t heard from me yet, you will. 

In the meantime, we ask that you take the time to fill out the form located at the link below and begin thinking about what you would like included in your part of the virtual commencement.  Would you like to upload a short video?  Videos submitted for inclusion must be no longer than 30 seconds in length and include the student's name, degree and hometown.   You can also choose to submit a photograph.

Another option is simply have your name, degree and favorite quote etc. listed on the screen when your name is called.    There are many possibilities for this commencement and it gives us an opportunity to create a much more personal experience than we could otherwise. 
 

All videos and photographs must be submitted by email to graduation@concord.edu by April 20, 2020.  

Virtual Graduation Options Form:

https://apps.concord.edu/forms/view.php?id=287783

 

Please remember that if you have not already applied for graduation, you must do so. You must also pay your graduation fee.  You can apply for graduation at the following link:

Application for Graduation: 
https://apps.concord.edu/forms/view.php?id=147474

If you have any questions or concerns regarding commencement, please feel free to email us at graduation@concord.edu.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and assistance during these unprecedented circumstances.

Upcoming Changes to the Spring Commencement Schedule

CONCORD UNIVERSITY SPRING COMMENCEMENT SCHEDULE
FOR MAY 2020

 

MORNING CEREMONY – 10:00 a.m.

 

COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS, HUMANITIES, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS
DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITIES
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
 
 

COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES, MATHEMATICS AND HEALTH

MASTER OF ARTS IN HEALTH PROMOTION
DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SCIENCES
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
REGENTS BACHELOR OF ARTS
 
 

AFTERNOON CEREMONY – 2:00 p.m.

 

COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES

MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING
MASTER OF EDUCATION
MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK
DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND RECREATON & TOURISM MANAGEMENT
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION ARTS AND MEDIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIOLOGY
Academic Regalia
Academic attire (cap and gown) is required for all graduates who plan to participate in Spring 2020 Commencement. The cost of caps and gowns are included in the application fee and should be ordered from the Concord University Bookstore.

Caps and gowns are available to pick up at the conclusion of the Senior Dinner on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Any caps and gowns not picked up then will be available in the Concord University Bookstore starting Friday, May 01, 2020 until Friday, May 08, 2020 during the bookstore's normal business hours.
Graduation Cap Contest

Share photos of your decorated graduation cap for your chance to win 2 VIP guest seats and 1 VIP parking place for commencement. You could also see your photo in the next Alumni Magazine or on the Big Screen at Graduation.

Click here to complete the registration form and submit your photo.

You can also share your photo on the Concord University’s Graduation Facebook page. 

All photos must be submitted using the registration form by midnight on May 07, 2020.

Three winners will be chosen.

The winners will be notified on May 08, 2020.

Senior Dinner
The Concord University Advancement Office is pleased to host the Senior Graduation Dinner on Thursday, April 30, 2020.  The dinner will be held in the Ballroom of the Student Center at 6:00 P.M. To register for this event, please click on 2020 Spring Senior Dinner on the right.  An email invitation will be sent out with this link to register as we approach the date.

The dinner is complimentary to all Spring 2020 graduates, however, you MUST pre-register for the event.  Graduates may invite guests at the cost of $25 per person. These individuals must also be pre-registered using the link to the right.
Diplomas
Undergraduate and graduate diplomas will be mailed to the graduate’s permanent address approximately 10 to 12 weeks after degrees are conferred.
Guest Information

Venue Information

  • All commencement exercises are held in the Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center Main Gymnasium.

Tickets

  • No tickets are required for guests to attend the ceremony. It is customary for graduates to invite as many guests as they wish to share this momentous occasion with them. All are welcome.

Online Viewing

  • For individuals who are not able to attend the ceremony in person, the University’s Academic Technology Department will provide live streaming of the ceremony on the Internet. Log on to Concord’s web site, www.concord.edu, the day of the event, then click on the Commencement graphic on the main page.

Seating & Special Accommodations

  • Seating in the Carter Center is mostly in the bleachers. Floor seating is available for individuals for whom bleacher seating would be difficult. Due to Fire Marshall regulations space for strollers is limited.
  • Special seating is also available for guests with physical limitations or who require Special/ADA accommodations. Please contact Ms. Nancy Ellison, Director of Disability Services at 1-304-384-6086. To request accommodations or special seating, please click here to complete the online form.                                                                                                      
  • Please note that this area has limited seating and reservations are encouraged. If you would like for your family to sit with you in this area, please specify that on the form or when   you contact Ms. Ellison. Although we make every effort to seat families together, we may have to ask individuals who do not require special seating arrangements to sit in the bleachers if we have guests arrive who need accommodated seating.

Concessions

  • The Concord University Cheerleaders will be in the lobby of the Carter Center selling bottled water and roses. All proceeds go to benefit the CU Cheerleading Team. Cash Only Please

Parking

  • Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. Uniformed officers will be available to direct parking. Handicapped parking spaces are available in several campus parking lots.

Hotels

HOTELS/MOTELS:

  • Comfort Inn
    136 Ambrose Lane
    Princeton, WV 24740
    1-800-230-4134
    1-304-487-6101
    Mention Concord University for Discount
  • Sleep Inn & Suites
    1015 Oakvale Road
    Princeton, WV 24740
    1-800-997-5149
    1-304-431-2800
    Mention Concord University for Discount
  • Country Inn and Suites
    111 Halls Ridge Road
    Princeton, WV 24740
    1-800-230-4134
    1-304-425-2200
    www.countryinns.com/princetonwv
  • Days Inn
    I-77
    Princeton, WV 24740
    1-866-431-3297
    1-304-425-8100
    www.daysinn.com/DaysInn/control/home
    Mention Concord University for Discount
  • Hampton Inn
    277 Meadowfield Lane
    Princeton, WV 24740
    1-800-741-5072
    1-304-431-2580
    http://hamptoninn1.hilton.com
  • Holiday Inn Express
    805 Oakvale Road
    Princeton, WV 24740
    1-800-315-2621
    1-304-425-8156
    www.heixpress.com/hotels/us/en/reservation
    Mention Concord University for Discount
  • MICROTEL
    304-487-3885
    250 Ambrose Lane
    Princeton, WV 24740
    http://www.microtelinn.com
    Mention Concord University for Discount

RESORTS

BED & BREAKFASTS

Mementos

Photography

Professional photographers will be taking pictures of the ceremony and individual photographs of each candidate for graduation. Color proofs are mailed to the candidates in the event they want to purchase photos. We understand that this day is a special one for families, but we ask that if you do approach the stage for photos of your loved ones, that you remain mindful not to block the walkways and crowd the areas where the professional photographers will be taking photos. In addition, there will be opportunities for individuals to take pictures following each ceremony. For graduation photo information, please contact Commencement Photos Inc. at www.cpigrads.com or 1-978-851-8992.

Commencement DVD Order Form

DVD’s will be made and may be ordered the day of the event at a cost of $20.00. Cash, Check, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. DVD’s will be mailed at a later date.

Concord University Prints Marsh Hall Prints

The Concord University Foundation will be selling an art piece featuring Marsh Hall and the Marsh Memorial Carillon. The 11” x 14” sketch and watercolor painting is by Jacks Avenue and sells for $50. Proceeds will benefit Concord’s Annual Fund. Cash, checks made payable to the CU Foundation and debit/credit cards are accepted. Prints can be purchased online here.

Bookstore

The University Bookstore, located on the bottom floor of the Jerry & Jean Beasley Student Center, will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This is your chance to buy your graduate his/her first Concord Alumni souvenir! Everything from diploma frames to Alumni bumper stickers and t-shirts are available. 

Reception
Please join us for a reception in honor of our graduates, candidates and their families in the small gymnasium immediately following the ceremony. 
Staying Connected

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP

As a gift from the Alumni Association, all new graduates receive a free one-year membership in the Concord University Alumni Association. Following the free one-year period, memberships can be renewed here.

If you would like to become an active alumni or volunteer to help with alumni functions near you, contact Sarah Turner, Alumni Director at slturner@concord.edu or 304-384-5348.

Update Your Information

If you would like to update your information click here.

Giving Back

CONCORD UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION

As you prepare to graduate, leave your time at Concord behind, and start off on your new adventure – take time to reflect and think about giving back. A gift to Concord, no matter how small, is truly a game-changer for current and future students. Each donation provides opportunities for students, faculty and the community that would not otherwise be possible. As you have been the beneficiary of previous gifts to Concord, we hope that in the future you will consider giving back to your alma mater. Remember, every donation matters! Please visit http://www.concord.edu/About/Advancement-and-Alumni/Concord-University-Foundation,-Inc.aspx to donate.

Honorary Degrees

The West Virginia Board of Education, at its meeting of October 26-27, 1959, authorized Concord College* to award honorary degrees. The first honorary degrees were conferred on May 14, 1960, at the Inauguration of Joseph Franklin Marsh, Jr., as Thirteenth President of the College, with Dr. Phillip Mallory Conley of Charleston, West Virginia, receiving the first such degree awarded by the College.

Honorary Degree, "honoris causa", is the highest recognition that the University can bestow on an individual. Recipients must have demonstrated the highest exemplary service to the institution, the community, state or our society.

*Concord College became Concord University on July 1, 2004

 


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