Winthrop University: Graduate School - Commencement Information
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Graduate School
211 Tillman Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-2204
800/411-7041 (tollfree)
803/323-2292 (fax)
gradschool@winthrop.edu

Commencement Information

 

May 2021 Graduate Commencement Ceremony

 

2021 GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 7:00 pm. 

    • The commencement ceremonies will be video streamed on the Winthrop Website for the convenience of family and friends that cannot be in attendance.
    • View 2021 May Commencement Ceremony Here
    • Recordings of the livestream will be archived and available for viewing on YouTube the week after the ceremony.

    Each degree candidate will receive FOUR tickets for the ceremony. There will be no assigned seating.

    NOTE: Regardless of age, each guest must provide a ticket to enter the colesium.

    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.

      coliseum parking

      NOTE: Parking off of Winthrop property could lead to your vehicle being towed.

      The Graduate School Records Coordinator will start clearing all May 2021 graduate degree applicants beginning Wednesday, April 28, 2021 as final grades are entered.  Degree applicants may check Degree Works to view the completion of degree requirements. Below, you will find an example of how Degree Works should look once you have been cleared and your degree awarded.

      Degree Works

      A Commencement Registration Survey email will be sent to all MAY 2021 Degree Applicants to do the follwing:

      • Register in order to verify attendance
      • Provide the pronunciation of your name (optional)
      • Indicate if you or your guests need accessibility

      The deadline to register and submit your attendance for MAY 2021 ceremony is Friday, April 9, 2021.

      Tickets will be distributed electronically after April 15, to graduates who confirm their participation in their ceremony. More information on the ticket distribution will be added soon.

      Each degree candidate will receive FOUR tickets for the ceremony. There will be no assigned seating.

        To ensure the health and safety of the degree candidates, guests, and University personnel, the following measures will be in effect during each of the commencement ceremonies:

          • Appropriate social distancing between groups of guests will be strictly enforced inside the arena.

          • Degree Candidates and guests will be required to wear face masks/coverings at all times while inside the coliseum.

          • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the coliseum for graduates, guests and staff.

          • Each ceremony will be livestreamed for the convenience of those who cannot be in attendance.

          • Before/after each ceremony the venue will be disinfected and sanitized.

        • Appropriate social distancing between groups of guests will be strictly enforced inside the arena.

        • Degree Candidates and guests will be required to wear face masks/coverings at all times while inside the coliseum.

        • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the coliseum for graduates, guests and staff.

        • Each ceremony will be livestreamed for the convenience of those who cannot be in attendance.

        • Before/after each ceremony the venue will be disinfected and sanitized.

        Graduates should wear their Graduation Regalia—cap, gown, hood— to the ceremony. 

        NOTE: Please do not decorate your caps
            • Order your Graduation Regalia:   winthrop.shopoakhalli.com

        *Regalia ordering deadline: April 14, 2021

        Order Regalia Here

        Questions about ordering regalia or announcements? Please call Winthrop Bookstore (Barnes & Nobles) —803-323-3800

        Master Hood Color

        The color of the hoods worn by graduate degree candidates is determined by discipline. The drop-down lists the master's degrees Winthrop University offers and the hood colors that correspond to each.

          Master of Science (M.S.) - Drab

          Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) - Drab

          Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T) - Light Blue
          Master of Education (M.ED.) - Light Blue
          Master of Science (M.S.) - Light Blue

          Master of Arts (M.A.) - White

          Master of Liberal Arts (M.L.A) - White

          Master of Mathematics (M.MTH.) - Gold

          Master of Science (M.S.) - Gold

          Specialist in School Psychology (S.S.P.) - Gold

          Master of Social Work (M.S.W) - Citron

          Master of Arts (M.A.) - White

          Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) - Brown

          Master of Music (M.M.) - Pink

          Master of Music Education (M.M.E.) - Pink

          Academic deans will present the candidates for graduate degrees from their respective college to the Provost. Once degrees are conferred, Marshals will then direct the movement of master's degree candidates to the stage. Graduates will approach the stage in a socially distanced line. 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. Due to health and safety concerns, facial masks must remain on at all times and there will be no hooding or handshakes.

            Once the commencement ceremony has finished, all degree candidates and guests will be directed to move outside.  Degree candidates should make arrangements with guests to meet in a designated area OUTSIDE after the ceremony.  No group gatherings inside the coliseum and no pictures near the stage area will be permitted after the ceremony. 

            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 will receive FOUR tickets for the ceremony. There will be no assigned seating.

            Family and guests of the degree candidates should enter the Coliseum through the upper concourse level. Doors will open at 6 PM and guests should be seated by 6:45 PM. 

            For information on the Rock Hill area, including a list of local accommodations, check out the Winthrop Visitors' Center. Please note that there are scheduled road closures in and around the Coliseum and Cherry Road that may affect travel plans. Please allow yourself plenty of extra travel time as traffic will be heavy in the area and near I-77. 

              Lifetouch professional photographers will take TWO pictures during the Commencement Ceremony.  Each degree candidate will have one photograph taken with the President and one after crossing the stage with a green screen. Due to health and safety concerns, facial masks must remain on at all times.

              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: 

              Email: specialevents@lifetouch.com

              Phone: 1-800-505-9496 (Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM -  6:00 PM EST)

              Website: 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. No group gatherings inside the coliseum for pictures, or pictures near the stage area will be permitted. 

                If you or your guest(s) require an auxiliary aid or service identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act, please let us know when you respond to the COMMENCEMENT REGISTRATION SURVEY. 

                These individuals should plan to arrive prior to 6:30 PM for the ceremonies.  Please enter the Coliseum through the upper concourse level.

                A sign language interpreter will be at the ceremony.

                  Diplomas are not given out during the Commencement exercises, but will be mailed to your permanent address after commencement. 

                  Please be sure that your permanent address on Wingspan is up to date!

                  The slides from the Graduation Information Session hosted on April 1, 2021 are available for review. These include good information that graduates will need to review prior to attending the ceremony.

                  If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact The Graduate School at gradschool@winthrop.edu.

                   

                  Steps to Prepare for Graduation (application deadlines, how to purchase cap and gown, etc.)

                  Graduation Deadlines

                   

                  Commencement Ceremony Videos

                  Last Updated: 5/25/21