December 2018 Graduation 

Applying for Graduation

Fall/December 2018 Graduation Application:

  • Available – Tuesday, August 21
  • Deadline – Friday, October 5
  • Register online:
  • Students must apply during the term they intend to graduate.

Doctoral students are asked to select his/her committee members from a dropdown box. Note: If a committee member is not listed, the student should choose any name (does not matter who) from the list. The application will be changed administratively to reflect the correct committee when the application is approved by this office. (For added assurance, please notify Joe Andria of any corrections that need made to the list of your committee members:

Certificate-seeking students must apply online as well.

Previous graduation applicants who have applied for previous graduation cycles (e.g. May 2018, August 2018, etc.) must reapply and resubmit the online graduation application for December 2018. Previous graduation applications are no longer valid!

Additional Steps for Graduate Students

ETD (Electronic Thesis and Dissertation) Summer Submission

  • Deadline: 5pm, Friday, December 7, 2018
  • ETD website: 
  • ETD info packet: 
  • Students are required to successfully defend their thesis or dissertation before submitting to the university library!
  • If your degree program requires submission of an Electronic Thesis or Dissertation, you must submit by the deadline above to be approved for December 2018 graduation/degree conferral. Students who submit after the deadline will be deleted from the December 2018 graduation list and must reapply for May 2019 graduation.

Shuttle Sheet Request Form Deadline

Graduation Eligibility

If you have questions about the successful completion of your academic requirements for graduation, or if you have concerns regarding your eligibility to walk in commencement exercises, please contact your School of Public Health academic advisor immediately. We would be happy to review your transcripts with you to make sure you have completed all requirements toward graduation.

Ceremony Information

The School of Public Health will participate in the WVU December Commencement ceremony on:

Saturday, December 15, 2018

10:00 am

WVU Coliseum

Additional information regarding the ceremony:

  • Graduates are required to wear caps and gowns.
  • Tickets are NOT required and there are no restrictions on the number of guests a graduate may bring. The ceremony will last approximately two hours.
  • The ceremonies will be webcast for friends and families who are unable to attend in person. The webcast link will go live approximately ten minutes before the start of each ceremony.
  • WVU has contracted with GradImages to provide quality graduation photos of each student. Proofs will be emailed to the student within 72 hours of the ceremony. 
  • December graduates can elect to walk in December 2018 (university-wide ceremony) or May 2019 (college-specific ceremonies).
  • Those who choose to participate in commencement exercises on Friday, December 15th, 2017 must register to walk.
  • Registration to participate in Commencement exercises is separate from the graduation application.
  • Students should monitor their MIX email accounts and HSC websites for registration information and instructions.
  • Students who have successfully defended but are still awaiting ETD submission and/or acceptance are still eligible to walk.
  • Registration to walk will be made available online at the university’s “December Commencement” website: The deadline to walk in December Commencement is December 6th.
  • PhD recipients may elect to walk in the HSC May Investiture and Graduation Ceremony. Please inform the HSC office if you choose this option.

How do I register to walk in the ceremony?

Great question! The School of Public Health Office of Student Services will reach out via email to all students who apply for graduation shortly after the application closes. Instructions on how to register for the ceremony will be provided in that email.

Regalia Orders and Assistance

Health Science Center Bookstore

Please remember when ordering your regalia:

  • BS Public Health: salmon tassel
  • MS Biostatistics: golden yellow hood
  • MPH Public Health: salmon hood
  • MS School Health:  light blue hood
  • PhD:  blue hood

Getting Your Diploma

Diplomas will be mailed in the weeks following degree conferral (December 15th - official December conferral date). Students who have no financial holds on their accounts will receive email notification to their MIX account when their diploma has shipped. Tracking numbers will not be available. Shipping times may vary. Diplomas being shipped within the United States typically takes around 7-10 business days. Those being shipped internationally can take an additional 6-8 weeks due to the customs process of some countries. 

Students who wish to pick up their diploma need to enter the Registrar’s address on the graduation application:

Office of the University Registrar
PO Box 6878
Morgantown, WV 26506

Diplomas for students with financial holds will be stored at the School of Public Health for up to two years per our retention policy.

Additional Questions?

If you have additional questions about December Commencement, please consult your academic advisor and the WVU graduation website.