Graduation

Important Dates/Deadlines for Graduates

All Degrees

  • Graduation Late Fee Begins: April 18, 2022
  • Remaining account balances must be paid by: April 22, 2022
  • Official Transcripts for transfer credits are due by: May 16, 2022
  • Transcripts with degree information will be posted by the end of May 2022
  • All diplomas and degree postings will be dated May 21, 2022
  • Diplomas/Certificates will be mailed to all students who do not attend the May 21, 2022 Commencement Ceremony in June. Graduates should allow two to four weeks from shipment date for delivery to domestic addresses. For international shipments, additional delivery time may be required.

Bachelor's Degree Candidates

  • Diploma Order Due By: Dec. 17, 2021
  • Cap & Gown Order Due By: March 15, 2022

Master's Degree and Nursing Certificate Candidates

  • Diploma/Certificate Order Due By: March 18, 2022
  • Cap & Gown Order Due By: April 22, 2022

Doctor of Pharmacy Degree Candidates

  • Diploma Order: Complete after Nov. 19, 2021 and before Dec. 20, 2021
  • Cap & Gown Order Due By: March 31, 2022

Doctoral Degree (Non-Pharmacy) Candidates

  • Diploma/Certificate Order Due By: March 18, 2022
  • Cap & Gown Order Due By: March 31, 2022

All Degrees

  • Graduation Late Fee Begins: Aug. 1, 2022
  • Remaining account balances must be paid by: July 29, 2022
  • Official Transcripts for transfer credits are due by: Aug. 19, 2022
  • Transcripts with degree information will be posted by the end of Aug. 2022
  • All diplomas and degree postings will be dated Aug. 27, 2022
  • Diplomas/Certificates will be mailed to all students who do not attend the September 11, 2022 Commencement Ceremony by the end of September. Graduates should allow two to four weeks from shipment date for delivery to domestic addresses. For international shipments, additional delivery time may be required.

Bachelor's Degree Candidates

  • Diploma Order Due By: July 15, 2022
  • Cap & Gown Order Due By: Aug. 15, 2022

Master's, Nursing Certificate, and (Non-Pharmacy) Doctoral Degree Candidates

  • Diploma/Certificate Order Due By: July 15, 2022
  • Cap & Gown Order Due By: Aug. 15, 2022

All Degrees

  • Graduation Late Fee Begins: Dec. 1, 2022
  • Remaining account balances must be paid by: Dec. 16, 2022
  • Official Transcripts for transfer credits are due by: Jan. 6, 2023
  • Transcripts with degree information will be posted by the end of Jan. 2023
  • All diplomas and degree postings will be dated Jan. 14, 2023
  • Diplomas/Certificates will be mailed to all graduates in Jan. 2023, as there is no Winter Commencement ceremony.

You will receive information via an email regarding your participation in the May 2023 Commencement ceremony, and Cap & Gown ordering instructions.

Bachelor's Degree Candidates

  • Diploma Order Due By: Oct. 7, 2022
  • Cap & Gown Order Due By: Dec. 9, 2022

Master's, Nursing Certificate, and (Non-Pharmacy) Doctoral Degree Candidates

  • Diploma/Certificate Order Due By: Nov. 11, 2022
  • Cap & Gown Order Due By: Dec. 9, 2022

1. Register for a Graduation/Certificate Audit Section

Each student must inform the Registrar of their intent to graduate/complete their Post-Graduate certificate by registering for the appropriate graduation audit section for the semester in which they expect to complete their graduation/completion requirements. A graduation fee will be assessed.

  • GRD-000-A | Bachelor's Degree candidates
  • GRD-000-B | Master's Degree candidates
  • GRD-000-C | Doctor of Pharmacy Degree candidates
  • GRD-000-D | DNP and EDD Degree candidates
  • GRD-000-P | PHD Degree candidates
  • GRCT-000-N | Post-Master's Nursing Certificate candidates

2. Order Your Diploma/Certificate

You must complete a diploma/certificate order form whether or not you plan to attend by the appropriate due date found in the above important dates/deadlines section. Note: If your name has changed, you must provide documentation such as a copy of a marriage certificate or name change decree. 

3. Order Your Cap & Gown

Students order their commencement regalia online via Oak Hill by the deadline listed in the important dates/deadlines section above. Detailed instructions on how to place your order are provided below. Post-Graduate Certificate Nursing Students please note: You must wear Wilkes University regalia for this Commencement Ceremony.

  1. Select Let's get started.
  2. Choose your degree package (Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral).
    • For Bachelor's degree: you must also select your Degree and Major.
  3. Select your height and weight category, then select Next.
  4. This accessories page offers optional souvenir add-ons. Note that these are not required. Any accessories chosen will be an additional charge to the student. (There is no charge for the cap, gown/hood, tassel, or zipper pull.)
  5. Doctoral students have the option to purchase Custom regalia instead of the regular one if you so choose, but it is not required.
    • Please be aware when ordering: if you select “Doctoral Custom Package” you will receive a custom gown, hood and tam but at an additional cost of approximately $950. Regular regalia is covered by your graduation fee at no additional cost.
  6. Select “Next” and review your order.
  7. Once you have reviewed your order, select “Proceed to checkout.”
  8. On the "Shipping & Handling" page, select “Next.”
  9. On the "Address" page, enter your name and the address to where you would like this regalia shipped.
  10. Preview your order.
  11. At the bottom right of page, you will see “Click here to confirm order”. You will also need to “Accept Terms” after you have read them. If you ordered any additional accessories, you will need to provide your credit card information.
  12. Select “Proceed to Check Out”.
  13. On the Receipt page, you can choose to print your receipt, but since you provided an email address, the order information will be emailed to you. Your order number will be provided for future reference. 

Order Regalia

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Affairs Office at commencement@wilkes.edu.

4. Pay Your Graduation/Certificate Fee

This $170 charge will appear on your bill when you register for GRD/GRCT 000.

There are two ways to pay:

  • Pay online. Log into your account, go to the Student Services tab and pay via credit card or web check at any time.
  • Mail your payment. If you prefer to mail a check, please make it payable to Wilkes University and include your Wilkes Identification Number on the memo line and send your payment to:
    Wilkes University
    84 W. South St.
    Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

5. Confirm Your Commencement Ceremony Attendance

Approximately two weeks before the Commencement Ceremony, you will receive a text message from the University directing you to a web link where you must confirm your attendance at the upcoming Ceremony.

Important Notes

If you are transferring credits to Wilkes from another institution, we must receive your official transcript by the specified date listed in the important dates/deadlines section above.

If your academic file is incomplete, if you are not officially accepted into your program of study, or if you have not completed your graduation requirements, you will not graduate. If your degree completion is delayed to another term, you must reapply for the graduation audit by adding GRD/GRCT 000 to your next registration term and refile your graduation paperwork.

Transcripts with degree information will be posted according to the date listed in the important dates/deadlines section.

Official transcripts are available in either electronic or paper format. If your degree information is required on the transcript, please check hold for degree notation when ordering your transcript. Transcript requests will process automatically upon degree posting. Each transcript requires a fee of $15.

More about Transcripts

Additional Information

For more details on the commencement ceremony and related activities, please visit our commencement page.