Charlotte Campus
Student Checklist for 2023 Commencement Exercises


Before Commencement:

  Check email and announcements often through jwuLink  for university updates.


Review your GPS/Degree Audit

For participation in the May 2023 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 2022 semester.

  • The student is enrolled in the spring 2023 semester and, as of March 10, 2023, has an expected degree completion term/semester of spring 2023, summer 2023 or fall 2023.


Submit a Graduation Application

In jwuLink, go to Pages > Student Account > Graduation Application at least one semester prior to program completion.


Loan Exit Counseling

If you have no federal loans or a graduation term of summer or fall , bypass the exit counseling.  


Step 1: Complete Student Loan Exit Counseling (if spring semester is your final term of enrollment and if you have student loans)

  1. View your student loans (Financial Aid Review button)
  2. Complete exit counseling (follow link & instructions).
  3. PRINT proof of completion

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

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 and Gown Now

To order your regalia (cap, gown & hood if aplicable), please visit the JWU Bookstore website to place your order. When ordering, you will choose the regalia for your degree (AAS, BS, etc.) and the complete the information requested. During the checkout process, you will choose the delivery method – Ship to an Address (delivery charges apply), or Pick-Up (free) in the Charlotte Campus bookstore.

The cost for regalia by program is $36.79 for associate degrees; $63.50 for bachelor's degrees; $66.79 for master's degrees. 

Note: Avoid ironing your gown; instead, tumble dry it on low in a dryer and then place on a hanger. Place tassels on the front, right side of your cap.


Check Your Status

You are urged to check your financial account status with SFS 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.