Graduation | Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, Pennsylvania

Applying for Graduation and Information for Recent Graduates

GraduatesGraduation is an exciting time.  Your hard work has led you here and now you are ready to continue your AMBITIOUS JOURNEY.   This page will help guide you in your next steps.

Graduation FAQ's

Pick up will be held in the front lobby of the Student Achievement Center.  

  • Tuesday, April 9, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 10, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Yes, please email your request to commencementFREEWESTMORELAND. The last day to make this request is April 26.

Friday, May 10, 2024. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the ceremony will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m.

Registration for students and their guests begins at 11:30 a.m.  The Commencement Ceremony starts promptly at 1:30 pm.

Each graduate is allowed four (4) guests, this includes children/infants. This is strictly enforced so everyone can enjoy their graduate’s special day. We have a wonderful overflow space prepared where guests with children/infants can enjoy the livestreamed ceremony.

Two guests will sit in the gym for the ceremony and two will be directed to one of our overflow seating areas. The ceremony will be livestreamed in the overflow areas.

Students and guests are welcome to park in Student Lots B & C, which are located across the bridge walkways.  

Lot A near the North Entrance and the parking spaces directly in front of the Student Achievement Center have been designated for guests and students needing parking accommodations. 

All graduates and guests enter through the Main Entrance near the brick pavilion of the Student Achievement Center. There will be signage and college staff guiding you that day. 

Commencement will be livestreamed via the Westmoreland website.  This will allow others who could not attend to watch the Commencement Ceremony.

There will be a photographer in the gym that will take your formal graduation photo and your official photo of you receiving your degree from Dr. Tuesday Stanley, college President. Information regarding purchase of photos will be sent to your Westmoreland student email.

There will be a reception following Commencement where cookies and punch will be available. If the weather permits, this reception will be held outside under the brick pavilion.  In the case of inclement weather it will be moved inside in the Student Achievement Center. There are also many great spaces on campus to take photos. You may take photos around campus and enjoy the day. 

Application for Graduation:

Have you applied for Graduation? Please review these requirements:

  • Complete the requirements for your program of study as listed in the catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment or any subsequent catalog including the current one. 
  • Meet with your assigned advisor to confirm that you are on track to meet your program requirements for graduation.
  • Earn at least 50 percent of credential requirements at Westmoreland County Community College under faculty instruction and evaluation. This does not include transfer credits, credits awarded for CLEP and other standardized exams, credit by exam or portfolio.
  • Maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or better in all course work.* 
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to the college. 
  • File an application for graduation. Please be mindful of the application deadlines for graduation.
    • Graduation is processed three times per year:
      • Fall application deadline - November 30
      • Spring application deadline - March 30
      • Summer application deadline - July 30 
        • Summer graduates that submit their graduation application on or before March 30, may participate in the spring 2024 ceremony only if within 6 credits of completion.
    • Applications received after the deadline indicated will move their graduation date to the next upcoming semester. 
  • Summer and Fall graduates from the preceding year are invited to attend the Spring Commencement.  
  • After applying, please continue to check your Westmoreland student email for more information.   

Notes: Those who fail to meet graduation requirements must notify the Records Office to reactivate their graduation files.  You can still apply for Graduation. Developmental courses (those courses which have course numbers below 100) carry no quality points, may not be used to meet graduation requirements and will not transfer to all senior institutions.

  • Initial Diploma (pick up) - No Cost
  • Initial Diploma (mailed) - $25
  • Duplicate Diploma (pick up) - $10
  • Duplicate Diploma (mailed) - $35

If you need to request a duplicate copy of your diploma, you will first need to submit the Duplicate Diploma Request Form and then contact the Information Center at 724-925-4000 to make payment (see costs above).  We accept VISA, MasterCard and Discover.  Your duplicate diploma request will not be processed until payment is complete.  Duplicate Diplomas are printed once a month so please allow time to process.  You can pick up your diploma at one of our locations or we can mail it to your home.  ** The college is moving from our current system to the new Wolf Tracks system so the duplicate diploma request form will not be available until Monday, March 11. **

*Exception – QPA requirement for Early Elementary Education PreK-4 = 2.8 minimum

Graduation gift ideas for your Graduate

Graduation is a special time for each graduate. If you would like to congratulate them on the day of commencement with a special gift, please preview this gift link

Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony 

Westmoreland will host a Commencement Ceremony to celebrate our graduates May 10, 2024 on our Youngwood campus.  

Please check your Westmoreland student email for an RSVP link to the commencement ceremony.

2024 Grad Bash

Westmoreland will host its first annual Grad Bash which will take place on April 9 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and April 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  in the Student Achievement Center on the Youngwood campus.  You will be able to pick up your cap and gown at the Grad Bash. We will also have live music, refreshments, employer services, professional headshots and professional wardrobe styling at this event. 


Important Dates to remember: 

  • Graduation Application deadline for your name to appear in the commencement program:  MARCH 30
  • Commencement RSVP Deadline:   APRIL 29 - please see the  Commencement RSVP link below 
  • 2024 Commencement Ceremony:   MAY 10


Questions can be sent to commencementFREEWESTMORELAND.

2023 Commencement and Grad Walk

Grad Walk 2023 was an incredible day. We hope that all of our graduates had a great day. Please feel free to watch the 2023 ceremony video. You can do this via the link below.