Updated July 15, 2020

Information for students who plan to graduate in Fall 2020:

A decision has been made to postpone Western’s fall convocation as part of our larger response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes all scheduled ceremony dates from October 21-23, 2020.

For those planning to graduate this fall:

  • Your degrees will still be conferred in October (exact date to be determined), and your graduation “awarded” status will be reflected on your official transcript. Additional information about obtaining your degree will follow shortly.
  • Please be sure to apply to graduate for Fall 2020.
  • Plans are already underway to celebrate your achievements virtually in October, just as we did with your fellow Class of 2020 spring graduates in June.
  • Please be assured Western is committed to providing all graduates the opportunity to participate in a future convocation ceremony when it is safe to do so.
  • At this time, the University is planning to host in-person convocation ceremonies for our spring and fall 2020 graduates in May 2021. Updates will be provided as contingency plans develop.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email the Office of the Registrar.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I see that I am eligible to graduate and when should I start looking?

You can see if you are eligible to graduate by going to your Student Center under Academics > View My Grades > Grade Report. Those eligible to graduate will have a grade report indicating Program Complete. Start checking after October 1, 2020.

Where can I get a letter that shows I will be graduating in June for my employer/university?

You can order an Official Western Letter on your Student Center under Academics > Official Western Letters. Letters confirming your graduation will be completed after October 23, 2020.

When will my transcript show my program is complete?

Your transcript will show program complete once Program Complete shows under your Student Center under Academics > View My Grades > Grade Report.

When will my transcript show that my degree has been conferred?

The exact date will be determined shortly.

How will I receive my diploma?

Information about obtaining your diploma will follow shortly.

Can I get my diploma and still walk on in a future ceremony?

Yes, you can get your diploma and still participate in a future ceremony.

I graduated at the February 2020 In Absentia Convocation, will my diploma be mailed at no cost?

Yes, if you graduated at the February 2020 In Absentia Convocation and have not already received your diploma, we will mail your diploma at no cost in July with the Spring 2020 diplomas.

How can I order a frame for my diploma?

The Bookstore at Western is now open for web orders and they are offering a 15% discount on frames until July 31, 2020. The link to order frames is