Graduating Students

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! Both Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies will be held at the DCU Center in Worcester. 

Here you will find information regarding the tasks you’ll need to complete throughout the spring. Check your email and this site often to make sure you don’t miss any important deadlines. We will regularly update this page over the course of the Spring Semester.  

All graduates are expected to wear WPI Commencement Regalia in order to participate in the ceremony. You can purchase your regalia at the Bookstore. More information is provided below. 

 

Save the Dates

Friday, April 19 – Gradfest, where you'll pick-up your regalia (12 - 4) and socialize in the Adeum (4 - 6)

Saturday, April, 27 at noon – Lavender Commencement Ceremony

Wednesday, May 1– Class of 2024 Senior Send-off (5 - 7)

Friday, May 3 through Monday, May 6 – Graduation Week

Tuesday, May 7 at 1:30 P.M.– Earle Bridge Crossing and Convocation 

Wednesday, May 8 – ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

Thursday, May 9 at 5:00 P.M. – Graduate Commencement Ceremony, DCU Center, Worcester, MA 

Friday, May 10 at 2:00 P.M. – Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, DCU Center, Worcester, MA 

Information about the Ceremonies

Date/Time of Ceremonies

Thursday, May 9: Graduate Ceremony @ 5:00 pm, DCU Center, Worcester, MA 

The ceremony will last approximately two hours. 

 

Friday, May 10: Undergraduate Student Ceremony @ 2:00 pm, DCU Center, Worcester, MA

The ceremony will last approximately three hours. 

 

The Ticketing Process
  • Beginning February 15, 2024, students may access their HUB account to complete their specific tasks. While there is no charge for tickets, all guests must have a ticket to enter the arena. 
  • We anticipate that each student may request up to 8 tickets. After April 22, if additional tickets are available, a ticket lottery may be possible.
  • The Ticketing process and all HUB tasks must be completed by 11:59 pm, Monday, April 22, 2024.
  • After April 22, each student will receive an e-mail from Commencement@wpi.edu that identifies their ticketed guests.
  • Students do not need a ticket to participate in the Commencement Ceremony (although all guests must have a ticket to enter the DCU Center)
Transportation to & from the DCU Center

Students will be provided transportation from campus to the DCU Center, as well as a return after the ceremonies are over. 

Students will report to the Higgins House (HH) Lot with their regalia to board buses to the DCU Center. The shuttle buses are only available for the Class of 2024 students. Guests are expected to travel directly to the DCU Center via their own means. After April 22, we will communicate the student shuttle schedule via email with their gathering and departure time. 

Student Line-up Process
  • Students will line-up in the Exhibit Hall, which will feature music, snacks and staff to help you line up in the correct order. 
  • Your "line leader" will provide your name card at this time.
  • You will not have access to the arena (guest seating) during line-up. 
  • Your guests will not have access to the Exhibit Hall during line-up. 
  • Students who (might) need seating or mobility accomodations should contact commencement@wpi.edu so we can adjust seating as needed.
Our Traditions
  • We are working with a group of Class of 2024 students to plan the Earle Bridge crossing and Convocation, scheduled for Tuesday, May 7. 
  • On your Commencement day at the DCU Center, after student line-up, the Processional will proceed into the DCU Center, past the 3D-printed Gompei Goat statue, and onto the carpet runner, complete with the WPI Seal. 
  • While the Processional is occurring, a video from the Class of 2024 Earle Bridge Crossing (recorded on May 7) will be played on the arena monitors. 
Receiving your Diploma
  • In the Spring you'll receive an email asking you to confirm your address and phone number, as well as a digital version of your diploma for you to review. 
  • You will be handed a diploma case when you cross the stage and pose for a photo with the President during the commencement ceremony.
  • After the ceremony you will receive your official diploma through the mail.
After the Ceremony
  • Students and their family & friends should plan to meet at a pre-determined location inside or outside the DCU Center. 
  • Many students and family members will choose to go out to dinner or head back to campus to meet friends and/or take photos. 
  • Students may take the bus from the DCU Center back to campus; The pick-up & drop-off location at DCU will be at the same location. Buses will take students back to campus and will drop off at the Higgins House lot. 
Settling Obligations

We highly recommend that all students check their accounts to make sure there are no outstanding financial obligations with any University departments, as these may result in holds being placed on grades and transcripts after graduation.

  • Check at the Gordon Library circulation desk to make sure that you are not being held accountable for overdue books or late return fees.
  • Check with Campus Police on unpaid parking tickets.
  • Check with the Dean of Students Office for any outstanding Hull Loans.
  • Check with your department on the return of equipment, keys and materials.
  • Bottom line: check your Workday account to make sure you don't have an outstanding balance or hold on your personal WPI account.