Winthrop University: Records & Registration - May Commencement/Graduation

Commencement Ceremonies

Congratulations to our May 2022 Graduates!

Winthrop University's Commencement ceremonies for May 2022 undergraduate degree candidates will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

Time / Date
Tuesday, February 22
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, February 23
3:00 - 6:00 p.m

Spring 2022 Grad Finale

May 2022 graduation applicants are invited to attend this repeat event on either day. Order graduation announcements and graduation regalia, learn about graduation and Commencement, and so much more!

Winthrop Bookstore,
DiGiorgio Campus Center
Tuesday, March 22
11:00 a.m.

Graduation 101 Information Session

Join the Office of Records and Registration to learn more about graduation week, the Commencement ceremony, and more!

If you missed the information session, please click the link below to watch:  

Online (Zoom)(video recording)

Saturday, May 7, 2022
10:00 a.m.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

College of Visual and Performing Arts

College of Arts and Sciences

Winthrop Coliseum, 1162 Eden Terrace

Saturday, May 7, 2022
3:00 p.m.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

College of Business Administration
College of Education

Winthrop Coliseum, 1162 Eden Terrace

The Commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed on the Winthrop homepage for those who are unable to attend (a video recording will be made available in the weeks following the ceremony).


Ceremony Details

    Parking for graduating students... is located in the north parking lot of the Winthrop Coliseum (1162 Eden Terrace). Campus police will direct drivers to the nearest available parking spots. Graduating students should enter ONLY through the north tunnel.

    Parking for visitors... is located in the south parking lot of the Coliseum. There will be a designated parking space for special guests; all remaining parking space is for family and friends.

    Street Map


    10:00 a.m. Commencement Ceremony for the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the College of Arts and Sciences

    CHECK-IN between 8:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m:  Degree recipients should report to the check-in area, located just inside the north entrance of the coliseum, in academic cap and gown.


    3:00 p.m. Commencement Ceremony for the College of Business Administration and from the Richard W. Riley College of Education

    CHECK-IN between 1:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.:  Degree recipients should report to the check-in area, located just inside the north entrance of the coliseum, in academic cap and gown.

       Please note: 

    -- 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 NAME 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 NAME 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 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.

    Each degree candidate is asked to invite no more than EIGHT guests to the ceremony due to seating limitations in the Coliseum. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. In fairness to all guests, we ask that you not reserve seating.

    Family and guests of the degree candidates should enter the Coliseum through the upper concourse level and be seated by 9:40 a.m. for the 10:00 ceremony and 2:40 p.m. for the 3:00 p.m. ceremony.

    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.

    For information on the Rock Hill area, including a list of local accommodations, check out the Winthrop Visitors' Center.

    If students require auxiliary aid or service identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act to attend the Commencement ceremony, please contact the Director of the Office of Accessibility at 803/323-3290 (V/TTD) or visit the Accessibility website for more information.

    Seating will be designated for guests, including the elderly, who may require special assistance. In an effort to ensure accessible seating for those who need it, we ask that only one family member accompany that individual 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 a.m. Commencement ceremony, and prior to 2:30 p.m. for the 3:00 p.m. 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.

    Ceremony Begin

    -10:00 a.m. Commencement Ceremony for the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the College of Arts and Sciences. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.

    -3:00 p.m. Commencement Ceremony the College of Business Administration and the Richard W. Riley College of Education. The ceremony will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m.

    Please be prompt. We cannot place students in seats after the Commencement ceremony begins.

    The Platform party will process in to the arena.
    Members of the procession and all guests will stand until after the National Anthem has been sung

    Conferring of Degrees

    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.

    Final Procession

    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.

    The Grad Team Photographers, will be taking photos during the Commencement ceremony. Two photographs will be taken of each graduate: one with the President and the other a more posed shot in front of the Winthrop logo. The Grad Team will contact graduates following the ceremony with information regarding the purchase of photos.

    Guests may take their own photos and videos during the ceremony but shall not block aisles or obstruct the view of other guests.

    The stage will be left intact for a short time following the ceremony for those guests who wish to take photographs.

    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.

    Click here to view frequently asked questions about May 2022 graduation.


Information for Graduating Students

    All Commencement participants may only wear appropriate academic regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) distributed through the campus bookstore. Graduates who arrive wearing the wrong regalia will need to purchase the proper attire to participate in the ceremony.

    The deadline to order caps and downs is Thursday, April 14.

    For information regarding the purchase of caps and gowns, please call Winthrop Bookstore (Barnes & Nobles) at 803/323-3800 or go online to

    Graduates may wear stoles (that represent Winthrop organizations) and cords (represent academic, University-recognized honor societies).

    Graduates who are awarded Latin Honors (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Cum Laude) and Honors Recognition will receive a gold honor cord to wear during the ceremony. This will be presented to graduates during check-in for the ceremony.

    Men should remove academic caps during the singing of the national anthem and the Alma Mater. 

    Printed Diplomas

    Diplomas for MAY 2022 graduates will be given out at the end of the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7.

    Diplomas that are not picked up at the ceremony can be picked up in the Office of Records & Registration at 126 Tillman Hall on Monday, May 9.

    Any diplomas that are not picked up by Friday, May 13 will be mailed out to the graduate's permanent address on file in Wingspan. Be sure to check your Wingspan account to make sure that your permanent address is up to date (Wingspan > Personal Information > Update Addresses and Phones > Permanent Address).

    Digital Diplomas

    Each graduate will receive an email the week after graduation from our vendor Parchment that their "Digital Diploma from Winthrop University is Now Available!". The email will have instructions on how to claim the digital diploma. See more on DIGITAL DIPOLMAS.


    Note: Graduates with financial holds will not receive their diplomas (printed or digital) until after their account balances are paid.

    Commencement programs are printed the month before the Commencement ceremony, before final grades are posted for the May 2022 semester. Latin Honors and and Honors Recognition designations in the program are based on the graduate's GPA from the prior semester (not including transfer work) and may not reflect the graduate's honors award.

    May 2022 graduates who receive Latin Honors or Honors Recognition will receive an email from the Office of Records and Registration the day before the ceremony on Friday, May 6 notifying them of their honors award.

    Honors awards will be indicated on the graduate's diploma and official transcript.

      Any undergraduate student who completes degree requirements with a final grade-point average of 3.500 to 3.740 shall be granted a diploma cum laude; any undergraduate student who completes degree requirements with a final grade-point average of 3.750 to 3.890 shall be granted a diploma magna cum laude; any undergraduate student who completes degree requirements with a final grade-point average of 3.900 or higher shall be granted a diploma summa cum laude. (Note: Winthrop does not round up the GPA.)

      In order for a student who has credits transferred from another institution to receive a diploma with honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude), it is necessary for the student to have both of the following:

      The required grade-point average for all work taken at Winthrop

      The required grade-point average on the combination of:

      Winthrop work (including courses lost due to utilization of academic forgiveness)


      All work taken at other institutions.

      Note: Coursework taken at other institutions cannot raise a graduate to a higher level of Academic Honors.

      Students who transfer to Winthrop must have the required GPA on all course work taken, including courses taken at other institutions, to qualify for graduation with honors.

      Any undergraduate student who completes degree requirements with a final grade point average of 3.75 and earned a minimum of 48 quality hours (earned hours on a regular letter grade basis) at Winthrop University, and does not qualify for Latin honors, will receive Honors Recognition.


    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 information regarding ring purchases and graduation announcements, call Josten's at 1 (800) 854-7464.

    For information regarding the ring ceremony, contact the Alumni Association.

    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.

    Undergraduate Graduates — Account balances must be paid by Friday, April 15. 

    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 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 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.


Contact Information

For information on...


Graduation status/eligibility Records and Registration — 803/323-2194
Caps, gowns, and announcements Winthrop Bookstore (Barnes & Nobles) — 803/323-38
Diplomas, honors Associate Registrar — 803/323-4839
Disability Services Office of Accessibility — 803/323-3290
Photographs The Grad Team Photography —


Last Updated: 6/7/22