Graduate smiling, raising his diploma in the air

Commencement Weekend 2017

Commencement Weekend is Friday, May 12 - Monday, May 15, 2017. It is a campus-wide celebration to honor our graduating seniors. Plan to attend, participate, and experience all the great activities we have planned!

Planning Your Trip

Can't Make it to Campus?

We will be live streaming Saturday's Senior Award Recognition, plus four events on Sunday – Baccalaureate, the Multicultural Stole Ceremony, the Senior Music Hour, and the Commencement Concert – as well as Monday's Commencement Ceremony.


Services for Guests with Disabilities

Parking, courtesy carts, and reserved seating will be available for guests with disabilities.

No Tickets Required

Tickets for admission are not required for any event during Commencement Weekend, including Baccalaureate, the All-Campus Picnic, and Commencement (outdoors or indoors). Therefore, graduating seniors may invite as many guests as they wish. 

What Time Does Commencement Conclude?

Commencement on Monday typically lasts approximately 2 ½ hours; therefore, the ceremony should conclude at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Meal Prices for Guests

Meal prices for Lowry Center Dining Room are:

  • Breakfast $5.86 (Children (ages 2-11)$3.46)
  • Lunch $7.99 (Children $6.00)
  • Dinner $9.59 (Children $6.00)

Please note that there is no charge and tickets are not required for the All-Campus Picnic on Sunday, May 14.


Photographer George Chambers will be on campus Monday morning, May 15, to take photographs of graduating seniors, both individually and in groups. Approximately three weeks following Wooster’s Commencement, the photographer will send proofs to the home address of the graduating senior with instructions and pricing for ordering pictures.

Gowns for Graduating Seniors

Gowns were distributed at the beginning of the academic year and were worn by seniors at Convocation in August; these same gowns are to be worn by seniors at Commencement.

If the original gown has been lost or destroyed, seniors will be required to purchase a replacement gown by contacting Loren Tooley in the College Bookstore; the cost for a replacement gown is $20.

Caps and tassels may be picked from APEX on Friday (May 12) between 10 a.m. and 12 noon or from the Bookstore on Friday afternoon until 5 p.m. and Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Announcement and Diploma Frames

Customized commencement announcements and Wooster diploma frames can be ordered through The Florence O. Wilson Bookstore.


For commencement-related questions, please contact Sally Whitman, Executive Assistant for Presidential Events, Office of the President, by email or phone (330-263-2313).