Before Commencement:  

 Check email and announcements often through jwuLink for university updates.


Review your GPS/Degree Audit

For participation in the May 2018 Commencement ceremony and inclusion in the Commencement program, degree-seeking students must fall into one of the following categories:

  • The student is awarded a degree in the fall 2017 term or winter 2017–18 term.
  • The student is enrolled in the spring 2018 term and, as of March 16, 2018, has an expected degree completion term of spring 2018, summer 2018 or fall 2018.

Submit a Graduation Application 

In jwuLink, go to the Academics tab on left then locate the Graduation & Commencement section at least one to two terms prior to program completion.

Loan Exit Counseling

If you have no federal loans or a graduation term of summer or fall, bypass the exit session. Proceed directly to the bookstore when notified via email.


Step 1: Complete Student Loan Exit Counseling

Step 2 (undergraduate spring grads only): Complete The Outcomes Survey

  • Invitations will be emailed from "JWU Institutional Research" beginning in April.
  • Follow instructions to complete this very brief survey, which asks what you are doing after graduation (working, pursuing an advanced degree, etc.).
  • PRINT proof of completion.

AS degree students continuing for a BS degree at JWU are not required to complete this survey.

  • Order your cap & gown now: change dates to April 6 to order online; April 7-May 11 for in store.

Complete the Outcomes Survey 

Undergraduate students with a spring grad date only; AS students continuing for a BS degree at JWU are NOT required to complete this survey.

Email requests will be sent to you from “JWU Institutional Research” beginning in April – check your JWU email!

Follow the instructions to complete this very brief survey; it seeks to summarize what grads are doing after graduation (work, advanced degree, etc.)

PRINT the “Survey Completed” page as proof of completion & bring to an exit session

Order your Cap and Gown Now 

Last date to order online (no fees) is midnight April 1, 2017. April 2 - May 12 you may order in person at The Village Bookstore. Late fees will apply.

Check Your Status

You are urged to check your financial account status with SAFS prior to Commencement. All financial obligations (including library and athletic fees) must be met in order to receive your diploma.

Reserve Hotel Rooms

Need hotel rooms? Reserve them now. Visit the Travel & Accommodations page on the Charlotte Commencement website for further details.