Summer Ceremony

On Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. we celebrate the achievements of our graduates when we host our summer commencement.

President Leahy confirming degree.Summer Commencement at the Arnaud C. Marts Center

The annual summer commencement ceremony will be held at the Arnaud C. Marts Center at 274 South Franklin Street. The ceremony will begin at 1 PM. Doors to the Marts Center will open at 11:45 AM for graduates and their families. Tickets are not required for the ceremony. University staff and ushers will be positioned at information tables in the lobby to answer questions from families and guests. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the graduates will recess to the sidewalk in front of the Marts Center (weather permitting). Smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages are prohibited inside the Marts Center. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in all University parking lots. A reception for graduates and their families will be held on campus immediately following the ceremony.

  • Seating for graduates will be reserved. Seating for guests should be adequate, but we encourage guests to arrive early to avoid any disappointment.
    The ceremony should end by 2:15 PM.

Assembly of Graduates

Graduates will assemble at the lower level of the Arnaud C. Marts Center (274 South Franklin Street) beginning at 11:45 AM. The final line-up of graduates will begin at 12:30 PM. Do not bring valuables to the robing/line-up area as there will be no place to lock them away. Please be on time for the line-up of graduates. Those who are not in line in academic regalia as the procession begins will not be able to march in the parade of graduates with their classmates.


The Deans for Student Affairs will announce the names of the graduates in alphabetical order by college, honors status, and major. Graduates will be placed in line for the academic procession according to where their names appear in the commencement program. The University makes every attempt to present each graduate with his/her diploma. Should you receive someone else's diploma by mistake, please see the Registrar at the end of the ceremony at the stage. Graduates with outstanding debts to the University will not receive their diploma until the debt is satisfied. 

Watch Commencement LIVE online


Earl and Sedor Photography will take a photograph of each graduate when the President awards the diploma. Earl and Sedor will provide information to all graduates as to how they can access their proofs on line. No one, except for the professional photographer and the media with appropriate credentials, will be allowed near the stage area for the purpose of taking photographs or videotaping.

Videotaping/Live stream

The commencement ceremony will be videotaped. The video will be archived on the University's website for later viewing. If you are unable to attend Wilkes' Commencement Ceremony, attend virtually! Join us for this momentous occasion as we live stream the ceremony online. Click here to access the live stream.


All University parking lots will be open and available for parking on Commencement day.

Special Assistance Seating

Special seating for guests with mobility impairments is available on the floor and on the first level of the stands at the Marts Center. Because of space constraints one escort may accompany the mobility-impaired individual to the special seating area. Arrangements for disability seating can be made by dialing the Office of Student Affairs at (570) 408-4100 no later than September 7.


Each graduate will receive six announcements. Announcements will be mailed to graduates.

Academic Attire

All graduates participating in the commencement ceremony must wear proper academic attire. The charge for the cap and gown is included in the commencement fee.

Your academic attire will be mailed to you by Oak Hall prior to commencement. If you wish to iron your academic apparel, do so with a cool iron. Do not worry about how to "don" the hood; we will help with that on Commencement Day. We will have safety pins and bobby pins at the Arnaud C. Marts Center on Commencement morning.

The academic costume looks best when worn over dark shoes and dark lower garments. The collar of a white shirt or blouse complements the academic robe nicely. Members of the Student Affairs staff will be available at the Arnaud C. Marts Center to help graduates with robing.

Order of Exercises


  Fanfare Processional






  "The Star-Spangled Banner"


  Greetings from the President


  Greetings from the Board of Trustees


  Greetings from the Faculty




  The Conferring of Degrees


  Alma Mater






If you have questions please call the Office of Student Affairs at (570) 408-4100. In case of an emergency on Commencement weekend please call Public Safety at (570) 408-4999.

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