Winthrop University: Graduate School - Graduation Steps
Contact Information
Graduate School
211 Tillman Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
800/411-7041 (tollfree)
803/323-2292 (fax)

Graduation Steps

Check your Wingspan degree information

Make sure that the following information is accurate:
The Degree Audit Worksheet in Degree Works is based on this information. If the information is incorrect, please complete the Change of Concentration/Change of Catalog form and return to the Office of Records and Registration. For questions regarding your Degree Audit, please contact Catina Vinson.

Apply to graduate

Complete the Graduate School application for graduation. Diploma orders are based on the information provided on your application. Please make sure to complete the "Name to appear on diploma" on the application.

DEADLINES: Completed applications must be received in the Office of Records and Registration, 126 Tillman, by:

  • February 1 for May and August graduation
  • September 15 for December graduation

Graduation filing fees:
Graduation fee $50
$50 PLUS Late fee $25 after the established deadlines above.

Do not enclose payment with your application; the graduation fee will be charged to your student account. 

After you have applied a number of reviews will be completed; click to read the details.  

For the comprehensive checklist in PDF form, check out this file (230 KB) from Records and Registration: Graduation 601!

Review Commencement Information

The commencement ceremony for spring graduate candidates will be Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Winthrop Coliseum. More details about the ceremony will be posted soon. Participation policy: Only those graduate students who have successfully completed all their degree requirements as outlined in the Graduate Catalog will be permitted to participate in commencement ceremonies. No exceptions will be made for any students who have not completed all their degree requirements. 

Purchase Graduation Attire

Cap, gown, and hood can be purchased at the Winthrop Bookstore.

Master cap, gown, hood, and tassel (sold as a unit) $104.58 + tax. 
Master hood $46.75+ tax

*If purchased individually
Master gown $40.00 + tax
Cap $8.92 + tax
Tassel $10.42 + tax

Please be advised the master's gown is different from an undergraduate gown, and therefore, you cannot wear your undergraduate gown for the graduate commencement ceremony. If you arrive with the wrong regalia, you will need to purchase the proper attire in order to participate in the ceremony. 

Order Invitations and Announcements

Invitations and announcements are available through Jostens. Students may order them online at or by telephone at 800/854-7464.  Invitations and announcements must be ordered in quantities of 25 and should be ordered six weeks in advance. Students may also have invitations printed at local print shops or print their own.

Last Updated: 8/1/19