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Applying for Graduation

To graduate, a student must complete all degree requirements and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or above.

Students may participate in the Commencement ceremonies without completing all graduation requirements if they are no more than six (6) credits short of completing all requirements and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 1.95.  A Graduation Application must be submitted, and no degree will be awarded until requirements are met.

Instructions for Graduation
Graduation Application

Graduation Ceremony

Saturday, May 4, 2019

11 a.m.

Church-McKee Arts Center

Line up at the Arts Wing  by 10:30 a.m.  The marshals will assist you in finding your proper position.  It is extremely important that you be on time . Should an emergency arise that prevents you from attending graduation or you do not wish to participate, please notify the Office of Enrollment Services at   (304) 788-6820.

Commencement Celebration 2019

Each graduate and two guests are invited to attend a reception in your honor:

Friday, May 3, 2019

5-6 p.m.

Davis Conference Center   

All graduates will be eligible for door prize drawings.  

Graduation Practice 

Friday, May 3, 2019

6 p.m.

Church-McKee Arts Center

Seating assignments will be made at practice. 


Students and their guests are cordially invited to attend a reception immediately following the commencement ceremony at the Arts Center.

Caps and Gowns

Place the order for your cap, gown, and tassel at the College Bookstore.  Cost is approximately $40 for associate degree graduates and approximately $65 for bachelor degree graduates. Orders should be placed by Friday, April 5, 2019. 

If your plans change after submitting your Graduation Application, please notify the Office of Enrollment Services at 304-788-6820. 

Honor Cords for Veterans and Active Military Personnel

Potomac State will formally recognize current and former military personnel who are participating in commencement. Red, white and blue cords will be made available to service members at the Office of Enrollment Services. If the student is not currently receiving VA educational benefits, the student will need to bring documentation of military service. Cords may be worn over academic regalia during the ceremony.


Commencement invitations are available for sale in the College Bookstore.


Transcripts will be mailed to other colleges and universities only if a written request is submitted to the Office of Enrollment Services.  A $12.00 charge will be assessed for each official transcript after the first transcript which is free. 

Students changing their campus to WVU do not need to request that a transcript be sent since we share a student information system.

Loan Exit Counseling/Financial Aid

All student loan borrowers are required to complete exit loan counseling before graduating, transferring, and/or leaving school or after dropping below six-credit hours.  Since repayment of student loans is a serious obligation, students must complete exit loan counseling even though they may be re-enrolling at West Virginia University, WVU-Tech, or Potomac State College or transferring to another college/university.

An e-mail will be sent to spring graduates in early April from WVU’s loan servicer, Educational Computer Systems, Inc. (ECSI), requiring completion of loan exit counseling. 

Graduation Photos

A photographer will be available at graduation practice to take orders for individual photos of the diploma granting portion of the ceremony. 

Accessibility Services

Graduating Students:

Graduates needing accessibility services should contact their accessibility specialist.


Guests who require accessible seating will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Interpreting Services:

Graduates and guests in need of interpreting services for the hearing impaired can  request an interpreter. Any questions please contact


If you have questions or need additional information, please contact:

Office of Enrollment Services

(304) 788-6820