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The following information regarding Concord University’s upcoming commencement is subject to change pending further guidance from federal, state, and local authorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applying for Graduation

In order to participate in graduation, and in order for your name to appear in the commencement program, students must apply by September 16, 2020. In lieu of a Graduation Fair, all seniors will be emailed a graduation check-off list that includes links to various offices and student resources related to graduation.

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.

Fall 2020 Graduation


  • Graduate Degree Ceremony - Friday, November 20 at 5:00 pm
  • Fall Undergraduate Ceremony - Saturday, November 21 at 10:00 am
  • Spring Graduation Ceremony* - Saturday, November 21 at 2:00 pm

*A form will be created in order to see if there will be enough returning graduates for this ceremony. If not, they will be incorporated into the spring ceremony.


Our graduation planning committee has created two possible plans for the Fall 2020 commencement. Should CDC, federal, or state restrictions prohibit Plan A, we will resort to Plan B.

Plan A:

  • Commencement will be in person with limited guests.
  • When students pick up their cap and gown, they will be given two tickets for admission into the ceremony. Those two people will sit with the graduate on the floor.
  • The bleachers will be pushed in. The only seating will be on the floor.
  • Immediately following each ceremony, the facility will be locked so the area can be cleaned.
  • Commencement will not be open to the public.
  • Each ceremony will be streamed live on YouTube and Facebook.


Plan B:

  • Each commencement ceremony will be virtual.
  • Students will be emailed a slide template to complete and email as a jpeg.
  • Caps and Gowns will be mailed to the students. Departments will mail any cords/medals.
  • Virtual ceremonies will be streamed live on YouTube and Facebook.


Academic Regalia
Academic attire (cap and gown) is required for all graduates who plan to participate in Fall 2020 Commencement. The cost of caps and gowns are included in the application fee and should be ordered from the Concord University Bookstore.
Senior Dinner

The Concord University Advancement Office is pleased to host the Senior Graduation Dinner on Thursday, November 12 at 6 pm in the Student Center Ballroom. The dinner is complimentary to all Fall 2020 graduates; however, you MUST pre-register for the event.

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.


  • In the event that the Fall 2020 Commencement is held in person, each graduate will receive two guest tickets when they pick up their cap and gown. These guests will be seated with the graduate, and each group will be distanced six-feet from the groups around them. Tickets are not transferable to other graduates

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 website,, the day of the event, then click on the Commencement graphic on the main page.

Seating & Special Accommodations

  • All seating for the Fall 2020 Commencement will be floor seating.


  • 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.



  • Comfort Inn
    136 Ambrose Lane
    Princeton, WV 24740
    Mention Concord University for Discount
  • Sleep Inn & Suites
    1015 Oakvale Road
    Princeton, WV 24740
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  • Country Inn and Suites
    111 Halls Ridge Road
    Princeton, WV 24740
  • Days Inn
    Princeton, WV 24740
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  • Hampton Inn
    277 Meadowfield Lane
    Princeton, WV 24740
  • Holiday Inn Express
    805 Oakvale Road
    Princeton, WV 24740
    Mention Concord University for Discount
    250 Ambrose Lane
    Princeton, WV 24740
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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 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.


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. 

Due to restrictions from COVID-19 regulations, there will not be a reception following the ceremony.
Staying Connected


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 or 304-384-5348.

Update Your Information

If you would like to update your information click here.

Giving Back


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,-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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