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131st Commencement Exercises

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Marshall High School – Maverick Stadium | Saturday, May 2, 2020 – 8:00am
[Postponed – Tentatively rescheduled for August 1, 2020]

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Best wishes to all students graduating from Wiley College on Saturday, May 2, 2020 on this major accomplishment. Wiley College wishes you success in your chosen paths and looks forward to continuing our relationship and keeping you close in the years to come.

This Commencement Guide is designed to answer the most frequently asked questions about Wiley’s Commencement Weekend, May 1-3, 2020, and to provide information that will make it a memorable experience for each graduating senior, your family and guests. You will find information about the events that celebrate senior achievements, details about attire, ceremonial protocol, rehearsal, parking, and helpful suggestions for making the most of this special time.

Please view the Commencement Web page for updates regularly.  A link to the Commencement web may be found on the Wiley College Homepage as well as the Commencement page.  Additional information about graduation will be sent periodically to your Wiley College email account, so check your Wiley email regularly for updates.

Failure to check your Wiley email account regularly may result in you missing important graduation information and opportunities.

To ensure that all important College mailings are delivered to the correct destination, submit any changes in your local/permanent contact information immediately to the Office of the Registrar at 903-927-3215. It is especially important that all graduates update their permanent address before leaving Wiley.

When you return to Wiley for homecoming, reunions and other occasions, be sure to stop by Alumni Affairs in the McLeod Hall to fellowship and to provide updates such as new address, an additional degree or new position.  This will assist us in maintaining accurate records so you can receive all correspondences from your alma mater. You can always call Alumni Affairs at 903-927-3392, send us an email at

Again, please visit the Wiley College Commencement page for the most up- to-date information.

Commencement Rehearsal

Rehearsals for Commencement will take place on Monday, April 27, 2020 at the Marshall High School – Maverick Stadium at 9:00am for ceremony participants. It is strongly encouraged for Undergraduates and Graduates to attend rehearsals to know what to expect on the day of graduation, to become acquainted with the layout to know where to enter, sit, walk, and exit.

Rehearsal will include practicing lining up in your assigned order and processing into and out of the appropriate aisle, to get on the stage, and how to walk on the stage to receive your diploma while having your picture taken, and then departing the stage.

Graduation Fees

Please Note: Students will not be allowed to participate in the Baccalaureate or Commencement Ceremony if there is still any financial obligation to the college.

A fee is charged to seniors who have submitted an application. This fee covers the purchase of your cap, gown, hood and diploma and all related commencement expenses. In the event a senior does not graduate, he/she should inform the Registrar’s Office promptly at  Graduation Fees will remain on file for 1 year.  Graduation fees are non-refundable.  Graduation fees are $175 on or before February 7, 2020 and $275 after February 7, 2020.

Commencement Checklist

  • Be in good academic and financial standing.
  • Has completed program of study for an academic major.
  • Candidate must comply with requirements outlined for a particular major
  • Have no grade less than “C” or better in major, and minor required courses
  • Have no grade less than “C” or better in English Composition I & II and College Algebra
  • Has a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better (2.75 for teacher education candidates for all academic work)
  • General Education Enrichment Program (Chapel)
  • Has exhibited conduct in keeping with the standards set for students
  • Complete a minimum of twenty-five (25) percent of the semester credit hours required for the degree through instruction in residence at Wiley College
  • Have Degree Plan/Recommendation submission to Registrar Office
  • Has taken Subject Field Test (SFT) and the Senior Comprehensive Examination
  • Has turned in Application for Degree by deadline prior to intended graduation
  • Ordered cap and gown by deadline
  • Exit Loan Counseling completed, if required
  • Has been financially cleared by the Business Office.
  • All incomplete grades and all other deficiencies removed by April 26, 2019

Graduation Traditions and Decorum

Graduation Day is a time of grandeur which requires each graduate to adhere to the following:

  • All male graduating seniors are required to wear dark suits, dark ties, black dress shoes, and dark socks. Other than a watch, no jewelry should be worn. The hairstyle should be one that can be neatly contained under the mortarboard (cap). The gown should be free of wrinkles, i.e., ironed.
  • All female graduating seniors are required to wear daytime, knee or tea length black dresses or suits (no spandex or glitter); and black shoes. Females may also wear small ball earrings (such as pearls). The hairstyle should be one that can be neatly contained under the mortarboard (cap). The gown should be free of wrinkles, i.e., ironed
  • It is required that each graduate comes to commencement in the appropriate attire and regalia. All graduates must wear Wiley College academic regalia for their ceremony.
  • The dignity of this Wiley College ceremony is important, so accordingly graduates are to refrain from the practice of gown embellishment. If the attire and regalia are not appropriate, the graduate will comply immediately or be removed from the line and will not be allowed to cross the stage.

Graduating Cap Decorating Procedure and Etiquette

Please take into consideration the following rules when decorating your graduation cap. Failure to follow these rules will result in a replacement cap being given to you during Commencement.

  • No offensive language, sayings, nicknames, pictures or lyrics on the cap.
  • No objects such as signs, stuffed animals, bells, flowers or any 3D object may rest on the cap.
  • All decorations MUST Lay FLAT on the cap. Nothing can lay perpendicular thus allowing us to see the decoration beyond eye level.
  • Your cap CANNOT make noise. No bells, horns or anything that makes noise.
  • It is appropriate to put the following on your cap.
  • Thank a parent, grandparent, teacher or friend, etc.

We will not furnish new caps if you mess yours up decorating. The administration will reserve the right to disallow anything that is not considered appropriate for the Commencement ceremony

  • Please leave jackets, handbags and all valuables at home or with your guests.
  • Graduates will be seated according to discipline and degree. Please arrive on time; if you arrive late you may not be seated with your designated group as you are not assured of proper seating.
  • Graduates are required to remain for the entire ceremony.

In an effort to have a graduation ceremony that is both memorable and safe, Wiley College requests your cooperation regarding the following:

  • The wearing of official Wiley Regalia only.
  • Cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off when the ceremony begins.
  • No food, beverage, liquid, balloons, noisemakers are allowed during Commencement.
  • Graduation Candidates Photographing during commencement is strongly discouraged. The College has provided an official photographer to take pictures as candidates cross the stage. Therefore, it is requested that family members not approach the stage or enter the aisle as the graduate approaches the stage to receive the degree.
  • Please discuss with family and friends prior to Commencement that graduates are required to remain for the entire ceremony.

The expected decorum of each graduate is that of consideration and celebration. Be considerate of all who have come to this important occasion and allow all to celebrate by hearing and seeing their loved ones. Once the graduate is introduced, all others should remain seated so that the graduates can be seen and their names heard when called. Keep undue noise and clamor to an absolute minimum.


How Do I Get Information about the College Ceremony and Graduation Baccalaureate?

Seniors can access the most up to date schedule of all senior activities for graduation on the Wiley Website or call the Office of the Registrar (903) 927-3215

Are tickets required for the Commencement ceremony?

Tickets are not required for the Commencement ceremony.

How do I order a Cap and Gown for the Ceremony? And where do I pick them up?

Graduating Seniors should have all orders submitted to the Wiley College Registrar Office website. If ordered after the date designated by the Office of the Registrar, student will incur an additional fee, the fee can be paid at the Business Office. All regalia will be available to be picked up in the Office of the Registrar, Pemberton Annex, Room 100.

What do I need to do before graduation?

  1. You must complete and submit an application for graduation through the Wiley Website
  2. Students must meet with their Academic Advisor twice, once in the Fall and again in the Spring semester to ensure you have met all graduation requirements
  3. Complete Financial Aid or Loans Receivable Exit Interview: If you have student loans, you must complete an exit counseling session. You will need to have your Department of Education PIN to access this site. If you no longer have this PIN number, you can request a duplicate on-line. If you do not have computer access, you can stop in the Office of Financial Aid in Enrollment Services, David L. Beckley to complete an exit interview. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid, in Enrollment Services or phone (903) 927-3321.
    Your transcript will not be released if you have a remaining balance with the college

How early should my family and I arrive for the Commencement ceremony?

Graduating Students: Student should arrive at Maverick Stadium 2 hours prior to the start of ceremony to ensure all students have their placement cards and are in their proper line.
Family and Guest: The Gates at Maverick Stadium will open to guest one hour before the start of graduation.

When will Degrees be conferred and when should I expect to receive my diploma?

The certification and conferral of your degree takes place prior to commencement on May 2, 2020.  Degrees and official transcripts will be distributed immediately following Commencement exercise.

The official degree conferral date for the Spring 2020 Commencement is May 2, 2020

If your diploma address will change after graduation, you must notify the Office of the Registrar at  If you elect to not participate in Commencement exercise, your degree will be mailed to the address of record. If the degree is either returned or lost, there will be an additional fee(s) of $25.00 to replace and re-send your diploma.

Important Dates and Deadlines

February 7, 2020 Last day to order Cap & Gown. Pay Graduation fees without a $100 Late fee
March 5, 2020 Senior Class Meeting, 11:00 am, Aaron Baker Science Building, Auditorium
March 18, 2020 Last day to drop course with a grade of WP (Withdrawn Passing) or WF (Withdrawn Failing)
March 20, 2020 Final Payment Due for Graduating Students (Students cannot participate in graduation ceremony with a balance)
April 15, 2020 Cap and Gown pick-up; Office of the Registrar, Pemberton Annex, RM 100; 9:00am - 4:00pm
April 21-22, 2020 Final Examination Period for Commencement Candidates
April 24, 2020 Final grades for prospective graduates due in MyWiley by Noon
April 27, 2020 Graduation Rehearsal, Marshall High School Maverick Stadium, 1900 Maverick Drive, Marshall, TX 75670 (9:00am - Noon)
April 27, 2020 Last day to pick-up Cap and Gown, Office of the Registrar, Pemberton Annex, RM 100; 9:00am - 4:00pm
May 1, 2020 Baccalaureate Service (Processional starts at 5:45am - Cap and Gown attire)
May 2, 2020 Commencement - Marshall High School