Wilkes University

Graduation

Important Dates/Deadlines for Graduates

All Degrees:

Graduation Late Fee Begins: April 16, 2021

Remaining account balances must be paid by: April 22, 2021

Official Transcripts for transfer credits are due by: May 14, 2021

Transcripts with degree information will be posted by the end of May 2021

All diplomas and degree postings will be dated May 22, 2021

Bachelor's Degree Candidates:

Diploma Order Due By: December 18, 2020

Cap & Gown Order Due By: March 15, 2021

Master's and (Non-Pharmacy) Doctoral Degree Candidates:

Diploma Order Due By: March 31, 2021

Cap & Gown Order Due By: April 9, 2021

Doctor of Pharmacy Degree Candidates:

Diploma Order: Complete after November 20, 2020 and before December 21, 2020

Cap & Gown Order Due By: April 9, 2021

All Degrees:

Graduation Late Fee Begins: August 1, 2021

Remaining account balances must be paid by: August 12, 2021

Official Transcripts for transfer credits are due by: August 18, 2021

Transcripts with degree information will be posted by the end of August 2021

All diplomas and degree postings will be dated August 28, 2021

Bachelor’s Degree Candidates:           

Diploma Order Due By: July 16, 2021

Cap & Gown Order Due By: *Not available to order yet

Master’s and (Non-Pharmacy) Doctoral Degree Candidates:       

Diploma Order Due By: July 16, 2021

Cap & Gown Order Due By: *Not available to order yet

All Degrees:

Graduation Late Fee Begins: December 2, 2020

Remaining account balances must be paid by: December 16, 2020

Official Transcripts for transfer credits are due by: January 8, 2021

Transcripts with degree information will be posted by the end of January 2021

All diplomas and degree postings will be dated January 16, 2021

Diplomas will be mailed to all graduates in January 2021, as there is no Winter Commencement ceremony.

You will receive information via an email regarding your participation in the May 2021 Commencement ceremony, and Cap & Gown ordering instructions.

Bachelor’s Degree Candidates:           

Diploma Order Due By: October 9, 2020

 Cap & Gown Order Due By: December 11, 2020

Master’s and (Non-Pharmacy) Doctoral Degree Candidates:       

Diploma Order Due By: November 13, 2020

Cap & Gown Order Due By: December 11, 2020

 

 

1. Register for a Graduation Audit Section

Each student must inform the Registrar of their intent to graduate by registering for the appropriate graduation audit section for the semester in which they expect to complete their graduation requirements. A graduation fee will be assessed.

  • GRD-000-A | Bachelor's Degree candidates
  • GRD-000-B | Master's Degree candidates
  • GRD-000-C | Doctor of Pharmacy Degree candidates
  • GRD-000-D | Doctoral Degree candidates

2. Order Your Diploma

You must complete a diploma order form whether or not you plan to attend by the appropriate due date found in the above important dates/deadlines section. Note: If your name has changed, you must provide documentation such as a copy of a marriage certificate or name change decree.

3. Order Your Cap & Gown

Students order their commencement regalia online via Oak Hill by the deadline listed in the important dates/deadlines section above. Detailed instructions on how to place your order are provided below.

  1. Select “Let’s get started”.
  2. Choose your degree package (Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral).
    • For Bachelor's degree: you must also select your Degree and Major.
  3. Select your height and weight category, then select “Next”.
  4. This accessories page offers optional souvenir add-ons. Note that these are not required. Any accessories chosen will be an additional charge to the student. (There is no charge for the cap, gown/hood, tassel, or zipper pull.)
  5. Doctoral students have the option to purchase Custom regalia instead of the regular one if you so choose, but it is not required.
    • Please be aware when ordering: if you select “Doctoral Custom Package” you will receive a custom gown, hood and tam but at an additional cost of approximately $950. Regular regalia is covered by your graduation fee at no additional cost.
  6. Select “Next” and review your order.
  7. Once you have reviewed your order, select “Proceed to checkout.”
  8. On the "Shipping & Handling" page, select “Next.”
  9. On the "Address" page, enter your name and the address to where you would like this regalia shipped.
  10. Preview your order.
  11. At the bottom right of page, you will see “Click here to confirm order”. You will also need to “Accept Terms” after you have read them. If you ordered any additional accessories, you will need to provide your credit card information.
  12. Select “Proceed to Check Out”.
  13. On the Receipt page, you can choose to print your receipt, but since you provided an email address, the order information will be emailed to you. Your order number will be provided for future reference. 

Order Regalia

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Affairs Office at student.afffairs@wilkes.edu.

4. Pay Your Graduation Fee

This $170 charge will appear on your bill when you register for GRD 000.

There are two ways to pay: 

  • Pay online. Log into your account, go to the Student Services tab and pay via credit card or web check at any time. 
  • Mail your payment. If you prefer to mail a check, please make it payable to Wilkes University and include your Wilkes Identification Number on the memo line and send your payment to:
    Wilkes University
    84 W. South St.
    Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 18766

Important Notes

If you are transferring credits to Wilkes from another institution, we must receive your official transcript by the specified date listed in the important dates/deadlines section above. 

If your academic file is incomplete, if you are not officially accepted into your program of study, or if you have not completed your graduation requirements, you will not graduate. If your degree completion is delayed to another term, you must reapply for the graduation audit by adding GRD 000 to your next registration term and refile your graduation paperwork.

Transcripts with degree information will be posted according to the date listed in the important dates/deadlines section

Official transcripts are available in either electronic or paper format. Click here for additional information about transcripts. If your degree information is required on the transcript, please check hold for degree notation when ordering your diploma. Transcript requests will process automatically upon degree posting. Each transcript requires a fee of $15.  

Additional Information

For more details on the commencement ceremony and related activities, please visit the commencement page.


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