Summer 2024
Commencement Ceremonies

Graduation exercises for William Carey University Summer 2024 degree candidates will take place according to the following schedule. The times set for each ceremony are subject to change as conditions require. All plans are contingent upon health and safety guidelines leading up to the commencement dates.


Digital diplomas, after you claim your diploma via, will be sent out 7-10 after graduation. Your physical copy will be sent 3-4 weeks after graduation.

If you have a hold on your account, you will not be able to receive your diploma until the hold is released.


As per the last two years, each candidate will receive tickets for guests, which will be available the week leading up to commencement. Pick up will be at both the Hattiesburg and Tradition campuses in the Registrar's Office, and from Dr. Hope Webb in Suite 1010 at the Baton Rouge site. Tickets will also be available before the commencement ceremonies at Temple Baptist Church for candidates who are unable to retrieve their tickets in the week prior.

Dates and Times to pick up your tickets:

Hattiesburg Campus

Tradition Campus

Baton Rouge Site

If you do not pick up your guest tickets during the week of commencement, you are able to pick them up at Temple Baptist, an hour before the ceremony begins.

Please be sure to bring a picture I.D. to pick up your tickets. The guest tickets can only be picked by the graduate.


Ceremonies will be held at:

Summer 2024

Friday, August 2nd – 10am

  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine (Biomedical Sciences)
  • Ralph and Naomi Noonkester School of Arts and Letters
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • Owen and Elizabeth Cooper School of Missions and Ministry Studies
  • Donald and Francies Winters School of Music
  • School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
  • School of Nursing


Please wear your Sunday best under your regalia

  • Slacks with a collared shirt and tie.
  • A modest, knee length dress or skirt.

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking a lot.


William Carey University has launched a new look for our regalia starting with our Spring 2023 commencement ceremonies! This regalia is unique to William Carey, and it can only be purchased through the WCU bookstore, Barnes and Noble. Only WCU regalia will be allowed at the commencement ceremony.

Cap and gown orders are processed by the William Carey Bookstore at the Hattiesburg campus. Call 601-318-6123 for more information.

Diploma frames are available in the William Carey Bookstore or online at Barnes and Noble at WCU or online at Framing Success.

Official William Carey University announcements with matching envelopes will be available for sale online or by phone (1-800-225-3687). Please allow at least three weeks for delivery.

For questions or more information, contact the William Carey Bookstore at 601-318-6123 or e-mail

William Carey University does not permit decorated caps or gowns of any kind. Those found with decorated caps will be instructed to remove the decorations or purchase a new cap from the Bookstore on site.
Please note, flowers and balloons are not permissible at graduation.