Spring 2023
Commencement Ceremonies

Graduation exercises for William Carey University Spring 2023 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 Parchment.com, 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, in both the Hattiesburg and Tradition Registrar’s Offices. 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 ticket in the Office of the Registrar:

Hattiesburg Campus
May 8-11, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tradition Campus
May 9-10, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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:

Spring 2023

Friday, May 12 at 9am
Student Seating Chart

College of Health SciencesSchool of Arts and LettersSchool of BusinessSchool of Mission and MinistriesSchool of MusicSchool of Natural and Behavioral ScienceSchool of Nursing

Friday May 12 at 1pm
Student Seating Chart

School of Education

If you are unsure which school you will be graduating with, please contact your advisor or view the degree programs.

Summer 2023

Friday, August 4 at 9am

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.


William Carey University is launching 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.

For those attending the May 2023 commencement ceremonies—which is for November 2022 and February 2023 graduates, and May 2023 candidates—please order your regalia here. The deadline is April 9, 2023.

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 bkswmcarey@bncollege.com

Please note, flowers and balloons are not permissible. 


710 William Carey Parkway | Hattiesburg, MS 39401
  registrar@wmcarey.edu  |    (601) 318 - 6195


19640 Highway 67 | Biloxi, MS 39532
  registrar-tradition@wmcarey.edu  |    (228) 702 - 1814

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