Winthrop University: Cultural Events - Frequently Asked Questions

Cultural Events

Frequently Asked Questions


    Yes. Six (6) Cultural Event credits will be waived for seniors graduating in May 2021 as long as they successfully complete all other requirements for their respective degrees. This waiver will be applied at the end of the spring semester during the week of graduation. Students who change their graduation date will no longer be eligible for this waiver.

    Yes. Students will have several options for earning Cultural Event credit remotely, including:

    1. Attending virtual events listed on the Cultural Events calendar

    2. Completing Cultural Event video assignments accessible through TechSmith Knowmia (available through the Cultural Events calendar).

    3. Submitting a Cultural Event petition for a past experiences that are considered to be culturally significant. Petitions can be submitted for: on-campus events, off-campus events, travel experiences, military experiences (student veterans), and portfolios of experiences (post-traditional students).

    Note: All experiences must be post high school.

    As a degree requirement, undergraduate students are required to attend a certain number of Cultural Events in order to graduate.

    To see how many Cultural Events you must attend, log in to Degree Works. This number is listed at the top of your worksheet. In general, first-time freshmen are required to attend a total of 18 Cultural Events by the end of their final term in order to graduate. This requirement is adjusted for transfer students based on their total number of approved transfer credit hours.

    Degree Works worksheet

    To receive credit for attending an in-person event, students must:

    1. Sign in and out of the event with their student ID card.

    To receive credit for attending a live virtual event, students must:

    1. Register in advance through the Cultural Events calendar and enable their web cameras for the entire duration of the event. An attendance survey will also be distributed at the end of the event by the meeting host.

    To receive credit for attending a pre-recorded event on TechSmith, students must:

    1. Complete the video activity in its entirety without skipping ahead.

    Note: Whether the event is in-person or live virtual, students must arrive on time and attend the entire event in order to receive credit for their attendance.

    To see which Cultural Events you have received credit for attending, log in to Wingspan. There, under the 'Home' tab, in the 'Channels' section, click on 'Cultural Events' and your credit award history will be displayed. [Note: If you attended an event that is missing from this list, please contact the Cultural Events Coordinator for assistance.]

    Cultural Event credit award history

    Credit for event attendance must be verified by the Cultural Events Coordinator. It takes approximately 3-4 business days following an event for credit to be posted on Wingspan and Degree Works. For inquiries regarding credit, please contact

    No. In general, students will receive only 1 Cultural Event credit for attending a Cultural Event, unless otherwise stated on the Cultural Events calendar or specified by the Cultural Events Coordinator.

    No. Students who arrive late to events (even by just one minute) or leave early will not be able to receive credit for their attendance. Student ID cards will not be scanned during the event, nor will any attendance slips be distributed/collected. Therefore, students are responsible for arriving on time to all events and remaining until the end. The Cultural Event monitors are instructed to stop taking attendance when the event starts (e.g., when a performer enters the stage, a curtain is raised, a lecturer walks to the podium, a film starts, etc.) and to start again only when it ends.

Do you have other questions? Please don't hesitate to contact us - we'd be happy to help.








Last Updated: 3/9/21