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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. 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.
Commencement Ceremony Schedule

The Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 11, 2019 in the Carter Center Main Gymnasium beginning at 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Applicants for graduation are asked to report to the small gymnasium no later than one hour before to assemble for the ceremony. Faculty are asked to meet in the Dance Studio no later than 30 minutes before the commencement ceremony.

 

10:00 A.M. Ceremony:

College of Professional Studies

Graduate Degrees Awarded:
Master of Education
Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Social Work

Undergraduate Degrees Awarded by:
Department of Business and Recreation & Tourism Management
Department of Education
Department of Social Work and Sociology
Department of Communication Arts and Media

 

2:00 P.M. Ceremony:

College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Undergraduate Degrees Awarded by:
Department of Fine Arts
Department of Humanities
Department of Social Sciences

 

College of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Health

Graduate Degrees Awarded:
Master of Arts in Health Promotion

Undergraduate Degrees Awarded by:
Department of Biology
Department of Physical Sciences
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Department of Health Sciences

 

Additional Undergraduate Degrees Awarded

Undergraduate Degrees Awarded:
Regents Bachelor of Arts
B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies
B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies

Academic Regalia

Academic attire (cap and gown) is required for all graduates who plan to participate in Spring 2019 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, May 2, 2019. Any caps and gowns not picked up then will be available in the Concord University Bookstore starting Friday, May 3, 2019 until Friday, May 9, 2019 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 8, 2019.

Three winners will receive 2 VIP guest seats and 1 VIP guest parking place for their family for the commencement ceremony.

  The winners will be notified May 9, 2019.

Senior Dinner

The Concord University Advancement Office is pleased to host the Senior Graduation Dinner on Thursday, May 2, 2019.  The dinner will be held in the Ballroom in the Student Center at 6:00 P.M. To register for this event, please click on 2019 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 2019 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.

*Concord College became Concord University on July 1, 2004

 


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