Commencement is scheduled for Thursday morning, May 18, 2023 at West Chester University’s Hollinger Field House. We will be holding two ceremonies:
- 10 a.m.-Noon: Allied Health & Nursing, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, and Workforce & Economic Development
- 2-4 p.m.: Business, Computing & Social Science and Communication, Arts & Humanities
Students must attend the ceremony for the division of the degree you are earning (i.e. Business Administration majors belong in the Business, Computing, and Social Science division). Both ceremonies will feature the same speakers, singer, and main stakeholders. The ceremonies will also continue to be live streamed to allow for viewing access for those unable to attend. To access the livestream, please visit dccc.edu/live. You can also view the livestream through Vimeo and YouTube.
PLEASE NOTE: Students must apply to graduate in order to process the completion of their degree and receive their diploma. Questions regarding the application, transcripts, and/or diplomas should be directed to email@example.com.
Ordering your tickets
All graduates are now eligible for a total of six guest (6) tickets to graduation via the specific link emailed to all graduates for their specific ceremony. Graduates must enter their P00 number to gain access to their tickets. Each guest must have a ticket (including infants) either printed or available electronically and be presented at the door for admission to your specific ceremony at West Chester University. Please note that this ticket will only provide one entry for one individual to this specific ceremony. This ticket cannot be scanned more than once. Please do not claim more tickets than you actually need for your guests.
Students with Disabilities
Students or guests with disabilities needing accommodations should contact Simone Richardson at 610-325-2748 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just a reminder that all graduates and attendees are asked to please respect each other and West Chester University, which has so graciously agreed to host Delaware County Community College’s Commencement. This ceremony is first and foremost about our graduates. Please refrain from shouting, loud talking and rude behavior. Both graduates and attendees should remain seated during the reading of the graduates' names. Photography is permitted from your seats only, but please be mindful of not blocking the view of others who are nearby. After the ceremony, graduates will have the opportunity to purchase photos taken by a professional photographer contracted by the College. Thank you, family and friends for celebrating this very special occasion with our graduates and our College family.
Parking is available in the New Street or Sharpless Garages. For a map of WCU, visit https://www.wcupa.edu/campusmap/
Caps and Gowns
Commencement attire, both pre-order and walk in sets are available for pick up now through May 17 our Campus Bookstores. Please note that while there is no charge for your cap and gown, you will not be able to receive your attire if you still have an outstanding balance with the College. Please check your delaGATE account for any outstanding balances prior to pick up. If you need further assistance regarding your attire, you may contact the Campus Store at 610-359-5309 or email@example.com.
The Colleges official attire consists of a cap, gown, hood and black tassel. If you are a member of the following groups, you are eligible to wear the following:
Phi Theta Kappa
The official Phi Theta Kappa commencement attire is the gold honors stole. PTK students may purchase the stoles by going to the PTK website at www.ptk.org.
National Technical Honors Society
The official National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) commencement attire is the white honors stole. NTHS students may purchase the stoles directly through the NTHS website. Please be aware that the stole must be purchased prior to the night of graduation, they will not be available at the ceremony site. If you have any questions pertaining to the NTHS honors stole, please contact Professors Liz Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org or Michael LaMagna at email@example.com.
** In the event that a student is a member of both Phi Theta Kappa and the National Technical Honors Society, students may only wear one stole and one cord (one to signify each organization). Student should wear the stole of their primary organization affiliation and an honors cord to signify the secondary affiliation (Purple/White cord for NTHS and Blue/Gold cord for PTK).
In recognition of our students that have served or are currently serving in our armed forces, Student Veteran official commencement attire is the red/white/blue honors cord. Please be aware that the cord must be obtained prior to the night of graduation, they will not be available at the ceremony site. If you have any questions pertaining to the Student Veteran honors cord or to obtain this cord, please contact Graf Eggers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In recognition of our first-generation students, the Office of the First Generation Student Success issues a cord. Please be aware that the cord must be obtained prior to the night of graduation, they will not be available at the ceremony site. If you have any questions pertaining to the First Generation cord or to obtain this cord, please contact Emily Fahy at email@example.com.
Students that are part of the LGBTQ+ Club on campus may wear a Rainbow Cord.
LatinX Student Association
Students that are part of our LatinX Student Association may wear a LatinX stole.
The binder typically received at the ceremony does not contain your diploma. Commencement is exclusively ceremonial and participation is not required to receive your degree. All degrees are mailed to students following the process below:
After final grades are submitted by professors for the term, coursework for graduation applicants is audited to make sure that the graduate did complete all requirements. Once that part is complete, transcripts will be denoted as graduated in our system and will appear as such in DegreeWorks (in case you need proof of graduation for an employer, transfer institution, etc.) and information submitted to the vendor that prints our diplomas. At that point, the Records Office team will be back in contact with grads about when diplomas should be expected in the mail. For questions about the diploma distribution process or to request a diploma cover if you could not attend the ceremony, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone
If proof of graduation is needed in the meantime, official transcripts can be requested at www.dccc.edu/transcripts.
Frames to fit your diploma may be purchased in the Campus Store.
If you have questions that were not answered above, please email email@example.com.