Baccalaureate Ceremony FAQs

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 Commencement and Baccalaureate Ceremony have been postponed and additional information will be shared when available.

What is Baccalaureate?

Baccalaureate is a one-hour religious service honoring the graduating class. During the service, an address in the form of a sermon is delivered by a faculty member or respected leader in the religious community. Faculty, graduates and their “hooders” process in cap and gown for the ceremony.

Is attendance mandatory for students?

No, the service is not mandatory, but it is well-attended by graduates and their families each year.

When will Commencement be held?

We look forward to holding Commencement at a future date, to be determined when we have more clarity about the spread of COVID-19 and the parameters that will be set in the future by Wake County, the State of North Carolina, and the CDC.

Will we still have a Baccalaureate ceremony? We hope to have a Baccalaureate and hooding ceremony for the Class of 2020 as well once we have made a determination regarding Commencement.

When will I receive my cap & gown?

For those who have ordered caps and gowns, we will ship those directly to you. You are responsible for your cap & gown.  If you lose the cap & gown shipped to your preferred address that you provide you will be responsible for ordering a replacement from Jostens by contacting the WPU bookstore at 

Mortarboards (your cap) may be decorated in a 2-dimensional fashion only. 

Will we receive a stole?

As a special gift to each of you, we have ordered graduation stoles. They will be presented to you just prior to Commencement so that you can wear it on that day! If you are unable to attend, we will gladly mail it to you.

Will we receive Honor Cords?

Students who are eligible to graduate with Latin Honors at the end of the Fall semester prior to graduation will be able to wear Honor Cords at Commencement.  Honor Cords will be presented to you just prior to Commencement so thta you can wear it on that day.  If you are unable to attend, we will gladly mail them to you.

When will we receive diplomas?

Diplomas are mailed to your preferred address after all of your degree requirements are met (conferral) and balances are paid.  If you have not received your diploma by August 1 please contact the Office of the Registrar at

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