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Commencement May 13, 2023

We are excited to recognize the academic achievement of the graduating class , honor the tradition and meaning of the ceremony, and involve students, families, and University faculty and administrators in a formal and festive event together!

Please join us for Commencement on Saturday, May 13, 2023! Check back here regularly as this page will be updated as more information becomes available.

We know that you may have friends or family that will not be able to attend this event, so we will have a live broadcast over the internet.


Information for Students

Below you will find helpful information as you prepare for your graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2023.

Cap & Gown pick up is in the Roberts Wesleyan University Bookstore, Voller Athletic Center located in the upper level of the Voller Athletic Center CAP AND GOWNS CAN NOT BE PICKED UP THE DAY OF COMMENCEMENT.

Commencement Ceremonies and Times

  • 9:30 am | Adult and Graduate (AGE) Ceremony
  • 2:00 pm | Traditional Undergraduate and BELL Program Ceremony


Tickets are general admission - free of charge

Students graduating in the 9:30 am AGE ceremony may request up to 6 guest tickets

Students graduating in the 2:00 pm Undergraduate ceremony may request up to 9 guest tickets

Students will be able to reserve guest tickets online starting Wednesday, March 1st.

Check back here for more details.

If you have any questions about tickets, please contact Tor Nielsen at 585-594-6532 or nielsen_tor@roberts.edu

Special Accommodations

If you have GUESTS who will be attending your graduation who are:

  1. in need of a sign language interpreter
  2. arriving in a wheelchair (the university does not provide wheelchairs)
  3. hearing impaired and in need of an assistive listening device

Please make arrangements for them by contacting Samantha Herbert at herbert_samantha@roberts.edu no later than Monday, May 1st  so that arrangements can be made for your guests who require accommodations. Please leave a detailed message with a contact phone number in case further details are required.

If you as a GRADUATE have need for a special accommodation, are you:

  1. arriving in a wheelchair (the university does not provide wheelchairs)
  2. on crutches
  3. recovering from recent surgery with mobility challenges
  4. in need of a sign language interpreter
  5. medical condition requiring the use of a service animal

Please make arrangements for yourself by contacting Emily Hagen at Hagen_Emily@roberts.edu or by phone at 585.594.6659 no later than Monday, May 1st so that arrangements can be made for you.  Please leave a detailed message with a contact phone number in case further details are required.

When Will I Receive my Diploma?

Diplomas are anticipated to be mailed to graduates by mid to late July. Please notify the RWU Office of Registration at 585-594-6220, if you’ve changed your home address after completing the application for a degree form.

Cap and Gown Orders

Orders open on February 13, 2023

Please check back here on that date for a link to place your Cap and Gown order online!

For any questions regarding your cap and gown orders please contact Lou Sadowski at Sadowski_lou@roberts.edu or 585-594-6140.

Not Participating?

If you are not planning on participating in your Commencement ceremony on May 13, please Tor Nielsen (nielsen_tor@roberts.edu) and copy academicaffairs@roberts.edu to request that you graduate in abstentia.

Flower Sale for Missions Trip

Flowers in ½ dozen bouquets will be available to purchase for $20.00 (check or cash only) for an hour before each ceremony. The sale locations will be outside and inside the Voller Athletic Center Arena. All proceeds will support the Ireland Missions Team.