FAQ's | Academic Honors | Diploma and Regalia
On Saturday, May 7, 2016 two Undergraduate Ceremonies will be held to accommodate all of our graduates and guests.
At 10:00 a.m. on May 7, degrees will be awarded to candidates from the:
Watch the ceremonies.
At 3:00 p.m. on May 7, degrees will be awarded to candidates from the:
View the PowerPoint Presentation. (Updated 2/23/2016)
Learn more about the graduation process, how to avoid any delays,
what to expect when you are close to graduation, and information about
the commencement ceremony itself.
The December 2015 Commencement Ceremony took place on Saturday, December 19, at 11:00 a.m. in the Winthrop Coliseum.
Watch the December Commencement ceremony video.
The Winthrop Bookstore – 323-3800
If you have had a Perkins Loan at any time while enrolled at Winthrop University, you MUST complete a Perkins Loan Exit Interview. This will be separate from any other exit interview you complete. Contact the Perkins Loan Accountant at 803/323-2439 with any questions.
Please be reminded that your account balance at Winthrop must be cleared prior to graduation. Pursuant to Winthrop University policy, if you have an outstanding balance remaining on your account, you will not be allowed to receive your diploma, grade report, or transcript until the balance is paid in full. Check your account frequently, in the event a miscellaneous charge is posted to your account. You will then have time to pay any balance due, prior to graduation.• Graduate Commencement – Balance must be paid no later than 1:00 PMon Thursday, May 5, 2016.• Undergraduate Commencement – Balance must be paid no later than 1:00 PMon Friday, May 6, 2016.If you have a balance, payment may be made in the Cashier’s Office by cash, check or money order, Monday through Friday, 8:30 until 5:00. Payments can also be made by e-check or by credit card online, through Wingspan at Account Summary and Payment Gateway. MasterCard, American Express, Visa and Discover are accepted.
Degree candidates should park in the north parking lot of the coliseum (1162 Eden Terrace). Campus Police officers will direct you to the nearest available space. Please enter the coliseum ONLY through the north tunnel.
In the south side parking lot, there will be a designated area for special guests. All remaining parking is available for family and guests.
NOTE: Parking off of Winthrop property could lead to your vehicle being towed.
CHECK-IN: Degree candidates should report to the check-in area, located just inside the north entrance of the coliseum, in academic cap and gown between 8:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.
CHECK-IN: Degree candidates should report to the check-in area, located just inside the north entrance of the coliseum, in academic cap and gown between 1:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
-- Only participating graduates are allowed in the Check-In Area! Make arrangements with family and friends to meet in a designated area after the ceremony. -- Personal belongings (purses, umbrellas) are not appropriate ceremonial dress. Make arrangements for personal items to be stored with family or friends before reporting to the Check-in Area.
LINE-UP: After receiving a card, candidates should proceed to the east hallway where additional personnel will be present to assist candidates in locating their assigned position in line.
Please be prompt. We cannot place students in line after the procession begins.
The Procession will form two abreast in the following order:Platform partyFacultyDegree CandidatesFaculty and degree candidates will be led by marshals. The appropriate marshals will direct each group to their seat.
At the signal from the Chief Faculty Marshal, the procession will enter the arena down the center aisle. The degree candidates will split to the left and right outside aisles, respectively, upon reaching the stage and be directed to their seats by a marshal. Seats will be filled as rapidly as possible under the direction of the marshals. Please do not leave empty seats. Members of the procession and all guests will remain standing until after the National Anthem has been sung.
Academic deans will present the candidates for undergraduate degrees from their respective college to the Provost. Once all degrees are conferred, the president will then instruct graduates to move their tassels from the right front side to the left front side of the cap.
Marshals will then direct the movement of bachelor’s degree recipients to the stage. Graduates will give their name cards to the reader when they reach the top of the ramp leading onto the stage. When their name is announced, they will cross the stage, receive their diploma cover from their academic dean and shake hands with the chair of the board of trustees and the president.
Upon conclusion of the singing of the Alma Mater, the platform party will leave first, followed by the faculty. The graduates will exit under the direction of the Student Marshals. Please meet family and friends in the upper concourse after the ceremony. The ceremony should last approximately an hour and a half.
Located on the concourse are information tables at sections 123 and 130 and representatives from several Rock Hill businesses, including a florist, frame shop, and The Winthrop Bookstore.
Sweatshirts, T-shirts, baseball caps, disposable cameras, film, diploma frames, and flowers will be available for purchase. Balloons and balloon bouquets are not allowed in the arena as they may obstruct the view of other guests. Consider leaving these items in your car or having a member of your party wait outside until the ceremony concludes.
Each degree candidate is asked to invite no more than six guests to the ceremony due to seating limitations in the Coliseum. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Family and guests of the degree candidates should enter the Coliseum through the upper concourse level and be seated by 9:40 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. In fairness to all guests, we ask that you not reserve seating.
For information on the Rock Hill area, including a list of local accommodations, check out the Winthrop Visitors' Center.
In order to attend commencement, if you or your guest(s) require an auxiliary aid or service identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Director of Disability Services at (803) 323-3290 (V/TTD) or visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website for more information.
Seating will be designated for guests, including the elderly, who may need special assistance. In an effort to ensure accessible seating for those who need it, we ask that only one family member accompany the person in the designated seating area. This will be enforced.
These individuals should plan to arrive prior to 9:30 a.m. for the 10:00 commencement ceremony, and prior to 2:30 for the 3:00 commencement ceremony. Please use the entrance for the disabled, and proceed to the section for the disabled. A sign language interpreter will be at the ceremony.
Lifetouch professional photographers will take pictures during the Commencement Ceremony. Two photographs will be taken, one with the president and the other a more posed shot in front of the Winthrop logo. Lifetouch will contact graduates after graduation regarding the sale of the photos.
Go to the http://events.lifetouch.com/winthrop for information about commencement photographs. Any questions can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org,800-505-9496 Monday – Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm EST, or via the Web site http://events.lifetouch.com/about/contactus.aspx.
Guests may take their own photos and videos of the ceremony but shall not block the aisles or the view of other guests. The Commencement stage will be left intact for a short time following the ceremony for those guests who wish to take photographs.
The official ring of Winthrop University is reserved exclusively for alumni, graduate students who have completed at least 18 credit hours, and undergraduate students of junior or senior standing who have completed at least 54 credit hours. For more information, call 1-800-854-7464.
In the instance of extreme weather, unsafe road conditions, or natural disasters, the university will notify local media outlets regarding the feasibility of proceeding with the graduation ceremony as scheduled.