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Commencement/Graduation Information

Commencement 2021

WVU Potomac State College understands the importance of Commencement for our graduates, their families and friends. With the guidance of our COVID advisory team, we are planning an in-person ceremony to take place at the Keyser High School Alumni Stadium for the Class of 2021. This facility provides the largest seating capacity in the area allowing for the required physical distancing.

We are also excited to welcome back 2020 graduates who registered to participate with the May 2021 graduates and we hope they will return to campus to celebrate their achievements! 

Caps and gowns will be required to participate. 

All are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes because it’s a short walk from the parking lots to the stadium. Arrangements will be made to help transport individuals with mobility issues from the parking lots to the stadium. Parking adjacent to the stadium will be available for those with mobility-impaired license plates and placards.

Ceremonies will take place May 8th with COVID restrictions in effect. Masks and physical distancing will be required. Due to health and safety protocols, ticket distribution for guests will be limited to a maximum of four guests per graduate. We will follow the guidance of our medical advisers as it relates to COVID and will adjust plans as necessary. The event will be held rain or shine. We look forward to celebrating this milestone achievement with you!

Commencement Details

Saturday, May 8, 2021
11 a.m.
Keyser High School Alumni Stadium
One Tornado Way
Keyser, WV

Line up in the Keyser High School cafeteria by 10:15 a.m.  Our staff will assist you in finding your proper position.  It is extremely important that you be on time. Should an emergency arise that prevents you from attending graduation or you do not wish to participate, please notify the Office of Enrollment Services at  PSC-records@mail.wvu.edu or call 304-788-6820.

If your participation preference has changed from what you indicated on your graduation application, please email PSC-Records and let us know if you would like to attend the ceremony.

Accessibility Services

Sign Language Interpreting is available by request for participants who are Deaf. To request an Interpreter please contact Jason Kapcala at: Jason.Kapcala@mail.wvu.edu  at least three business days prior to the ceremony. 

Cap and Gowns

Students are required to wear caps and gowns which may be purchased online from Herff Jones at  go.wvu.edu/psc-grad-orders or in person at the PSC Bookstore. Associate degree cap/gown cost is $44.98 and bachelor’s degree cost is $65.45.Complete your cap and gown order online at  go.wvu.edu/psc-grad-orders by April 8. If you are unable to order online by April 8, contact the PSC Bookstore at 304-788-6908 by April 22 to arrange an in-person pick-up from the store.

Guests

Each graduate will be limited to a maximum of four guests. We will be live streaming the ceremony for your family and friends who are unable to attend in person. Tickets must be picked up in Enrollment Services the week of May 3-7. Graduates who are arriving from out of town must make prior arrangements with Enrollment Services to pick up their tickets on the day of Commencement. Guests will not be allowed to enter the ceremony without a ticket.

Checklist for Graduates

  • Complete your cap and gown order online at go.wvu.edu/psc-grad-orders by April 8. If you are unable to order online by April 8, contact the PSC Bookstore at 304-788-6908 by April 22 to arrange an in-person pick-up from the store.
  • Pick-up four guest tickets in the Office of Enrollment Services the week of  May 3-7 .
  • Arrive on Saturday, May 8 by 10:15 am at the Keyser High School gymnasium.

Honor Cords for Veterans and Active Military Personnel

Potomac State will formally recognize current and former military personnel who  are  participating in commencement. Red, white and blue cords will be made available to service members at the Office of Enrollment Services. If the student is not currently receiving VA educational benefits, the student will need to bring documentation of military service.Cords may be worn over academic regalia during the ceremony. 

Transcripts

Requests must be submitted for official transcripts to be sent. Check out  go.wvu.edu/psctranscripts for more information. A $12 charge will be assessed for each official transcript.  Students changing their campus to WVU Morgantown do not need to request that a transcript be sent since we share a student-information system.

Diplomas

Diplomas will be mailed after all grades are finalized and certified by the Office of Academic Affairs. 

Applying for Graduation

To graduate, a student must complete all degree requirements and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or above.

Students may participate in the Commencement ceremonies without completing all graduation requirements if they are no more than six (6) credits short of completing all requirements and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 1.95.  A Graduation Application must be submitted, and no degree will be awarded until requirements are met.

Instructions for Graduation
Graduation Application

Questions

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact:

Office of Enrollment Services

304-788-6820

psc-records@mail.wvu.edu