faces of students at commencement, University of Wyoming

University of Wyoming Commencement

Graduation and Commencement – What’s the difference?


The terms Graduation and Commencement are often used interchangeably. As a University of Wyoming graduate, we want you to be aware about these two similar yet different terms.

Commencement is a ceremony held twice per year (winter and spring) honoring students who have recently or will soon graduate, which means completing all requirements of their degree program. Participating in Commencement does not automatically mean that a student has graduated. In order to graduate, a student must complete all requirements and apply for graduation.


Ready to Graduate? After entering your anticipated graduation date in WyoRecords, the Office of the Registrar will certify that your degree program requirements have been met. Once approved, the degree earned is listed on your official transcript. At UW, you may apply to graduate up to two years (six semesters) prior to completing your degree requirements. You can graduate at the end of any semester (spring, summer or fall).

Apply for Graduation – Undergraduate Students

Apply for Graduation – Graduate Students and Professional Programs


Planning to walk at Commencement? The Commencement ceremony is a public celebration of your achievements separate from graduation. You do not need to complete all degree requirements to participate in Commencement. It is recommended to know your anticipated graduate date before participating in Commencement.

Register for Winter Commencement  Deadline to Register: Nov. 24

Order Your Regalia - Please order at least two weeks in advance to ensure time to try on and make sure all items are present and in good condition.

Winter Commencement 2023 

Date/Time: Dec. 16, 9:30 a.m.

Parking: Check out our parking map to find available parking areas.

Do you or someone attending commencement need Disability Services? Please contact DSS at udss@uwyo.edu or call at 307 766-3073.

Watch Live: View commencement live via WyoCast

*** Graduates please arrive at War Memorial Fieldhouse one hour prior to commencement ***


Past commencement details


University of Wyoming Spring 2023 Undergrad Commencement (a.m.) 

University of Wyoming Spring 2023 Undergrad Commencement (p.m.)

University of Wyoming Spring 2023 Graduate Commencement



Contact us

Office of Student Success and Graduation

Phone: (307) 766-4858
E-mail: ssgraduation@uwyo.edu


For Degree Evaluation or Diploma Related Questions

Office of the Registrar

(307) 766-5272