Winthrop University: Records & Registration - Undergraduate Commencement/Graduation

Commencement Information

We look forward to celebrating the achievements of our students.

Click on the Graduation Term for information about:

 Office Records and Registration Undergraduate Graduation Checklist:

  • Completed senior survey  (Senior Survey will be emailed the week of graduation to all degree applicants)
  • Ordered cap and gown (December or May)
  • Ordered announcements (December or May)
  • 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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) FOR MAY 2021 Undergraduate Commencements

    ANSWER: Yes- a black gown, cap and a Winthrop tassel. See information regarding Commencement Regalia.

    ANSWER: Unfortunately there will be no virtual ceremony options for May 2021 graduates.  We will hold FOUR undergraduate in-person commencements that will be livestreamed.

    ANSWER:  Each degree candidate that registers to attend their commencement ceremony will receive FOUR tickets to invite FOUR guests.  No additional tickets will be available.

    ANSWER:  NO- Every guest must have a ticket to enter.  This is due to the capacity restrictions that are in place.

    ANSWER: Yes, be sure to specify on your registration that you or your guest(s) will need assistance.

    ANSWER: At this time all degree candidates and guests will be required to wear  a mask.   No face shields will be allowed unless there is a medical reason (please contact the Office of Records & Registration for further assistance). 

    ANSWER: No, there will not be a rehearsal.

    ANSWER: Yes, all Commencement Ceremonies will be livestreamed.  There will be a link on the Winthrop Homepage the day of the ceremony for the convenience of family and friends that cannot be in attendance.

    ANSWER: Yes, recordings of the livestream will be archived and available for viewing on YouTube in the week after the ceremony.  The links will be available on the Winthrop University Homepage.

    ANSWER:  We are receiving guidance from DHEC & MUSC to utilize the most current safety & health guidelines.  Degree Candidates will be seated between 3 to 6 FEET apart depending on latest guidelines.

    ANSWER:  The residence halls will close on May 8th at 7pm.

    ANSWER:  We will be mailing out all diplomas.  Please be sure that your permanent address is up to date on Wingspan.  If you have specific concerns regarding receiving your diploma by mail, please contact the Office of Records & Registration.

Last Updated: 5/4/21