Commencement FAQ's Academic Honors Diploma and Regalia
AUGUST 2014 Graduation
The Office of Records & Registration will be clearing all degree applicants for August 2014 Graduation beginning on Friday, August 15, 2014. Degree Applicants may check Degree Works during the course of the day to see if your degree has been posted.
Diplomas: Graduates may come by 126 Tillman during the week of Monday, August 18 through Friday, August 22 to pick up their diploma. If your diploma is not picked up by Friday, August 22 it will be mailed to your permanent address.
December 2014 Commencement Ceremony: All August 2014 graduates are invited to attend the December 2014 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, December 20, 2014. More details to come about the December ceremony.
Grad Finale: A one-day event that will be held early Fall which provides students graduating in August 2014 and December 2014 to prepare for Commencement. Attend this event to purchase graduation items and get Commencement information!.....and much more!!
More information to come......
View the Commencement Ceremony from May 2014.
Undergraduate Graduation Checklist
- Submitted graduation application to the Office Records and Registration
- Completed senior survey (Senior Survey will be emailed the week of graduation to all degree applicants)
- Ordered cap and gown
- Ordered announcements
- Completed Cultural Events requirement
- Completed a Perkins Loan Exit Interview (if you received a Perkins Loan)
- Cleared your account balance at Winthrop prior to graduation
Additional Graduation Information
|For information on...
||Records and Registration – 323-2194
|Caps, gowns and announcements
The Winthrop Bookstore – 323-3800
||Commencement coordinator – 323-3691
||Disability Services coordinator – 323-3290
||Grad Images -- 1-800-261-2576
Perkins Loan Exit Interview
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 PM
on Thursday May 8, 2014.
• Undergraduate Commencement – Balance must be paid no later than 1:00 PM
on Friday, May 9, 2014.
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). Public Safety 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 coned off 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 and Line Up
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 9:15 and 10:00 a.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.
- Upon arrival, report to the CHECK-IN TABLE of your College (Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, or Visual and Performing Arts)
- Each degree candidate will be given a READER CARD with his or her name, line-up number, and any honors he or she will receive. Do not lose or alter this card. This card is used to read your name as you walk across the stage.
- SEATING AND READER CARD QUESTIONS: If you believe the information printed is incorrect, please bring this to the attention of the staff at the check-in area. There will be a "Seating and Reader Card" area for questions.
- READER Pronunciation Table: The name readers will be available in the check in area between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. if you have concerns regarding the pronunciation of your name. You will be able to indicate the phonetic pronunciation of your name to assist the reader.
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.
- The Reader Card contains a line-up number that indicates your place in line. You must line up according to this number. There will be signs on the wall. Please find the number signs that your number falls between and find your place in line. For example, if your number is 10R, find the signs that show 1R and 11R; next, place yourself between them in line behind 9R and in front of 11R.
- Line-Up must be organized and orderly to facilitate the timely beginning of the ceremony.
The procession will begin promptly at 10:50 a.m. Please be prompt. We cannot place students in line after the procession begins.
The Procession will form two abreast in the following order:
Faculty 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.
1. College of Business Administration 3. College of Visual and Performing Arts
2. College of Education 4. College of Arts and Sciences
NOTE: This seating is approximate. Exact seating will depend upon the number of graduates in attendance from each college.
Conferring of Degrees
Academic deans will present the candidates for undergraduate degrees from their respective college to the vice president for academic affairs. 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 until approximately 1:00 p.m.
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. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. to accommodate all who wish to find seats early.
Family and guests of the degree candidates should enter the Coliseum through the upper concourse level and be seated by 10:40 a.m. The commencement procession begins promptly at 10:50 a.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 Gena Smith 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 10:30 a.m., use the entrance for the disabled, and proceed to the section for the disabled as indicated on the seating chart. A sign language interpreter will be at the ceremony.
Photographs by Grad Images
Grad Images®, 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. GradImages® is offering students a $5 discount on any photo order over $25 when they register their e-mail address prior to graduation. GradImages® will contact graduates after graduation regarding the sale of the photos. For more information, contact GradImages® at1-800-261-2576.
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.
Winthrop Class Ring
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.
Inclement Weather Policy
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.