Commencement Details


Winthrop University will hold in-person Commencement for all interested May 2023 Graduate Degree Candidates on May 4, 2023 at 7 p.m.. You can view details on our commencement home page.


Commencement Participation Policy

Degree candidates must have successfully completed all curriculum requirements in order to participate in the ceremony. There will be no exceptions. 

Graduation Checklist 

For information on... Contact...
Academic status/eligibility Graduate Records Coordinator--323-3698
Caps, gowns and announcements The Bookstore--323-3800
Diplomas Commencement coordinator--323-2204
Accessibility Office of Accessibility--323-3290


Commencement Ceremony Information


Degree candidates should park in the north parking lot of the coliseum. Public Safety 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 coned off for special guests. All remaining parking is available for family and guests.

Street Map

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

Check In and Line Up 

  1. Degree candidates should report to the check-in area, located just inside the north entrance of the coliseum, in academic cap and gown, at 6:15 p.m.  NOTE: Only participating graduates are allowed in this area. Guests are not permitted in the line-up area.
  2. Each degree candidate will be given a card with their name. Do not lose or alter this card. If you believe the information printed is incorrect, please bring this to the attention of the staff at the check-in area.
  3. After receiving a card, candidates should proceed to the east hallway where personnel will be present to assist candidates in locating their assigned seat.
  4. Do not bring anything with you that cannot be put in your pockets as there is no secure area in the coliseum.
  5. All cell phones and pagers should be turned off.