Information for Students

Information for Students
Class of 2023 Commencement Weekend: May 19-21, 2023
  • Save the date for the W&M Commencement festivities to take place over Commecenment Weekend (May 19 - 21, 2023)!
Pre-Commencement Check-list

As you prepare to graduate, please review and complete the following pre-Commencement checklist.

  • Check Banner (, ensure your degree requirements are complete and clear any holds or fines. A hold on your account will prevent you from receiving your diploma on Commencement Day. Payments for financial holds will need to be made before 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 18 to allow processing time and hold removal. 
  • Download the W&M Mobile app and tap W&M Grad to build a custom schedule of events, have fun with #wmgrad, and find updates, student instructions, parking, maps, the live stream and other essential information.
  • Carefully review the Information for Students. These pages include important details about the schedule, photography, disability services information, and parking.
  • Prepare your regalia and learn how to “don your hood” per this video.
  • Check your W&M email regularly.
Further information about the Commencement weekend can be found on the website maintained by the Office of Student Affairs at or by contacting your Raymond A. Mason School of Business Program’s office. 
Tickets and Regalia
  • Ticket registration will take place in Spring 2023.  Graduating students should monitor their W&M email for information about ticket registration and deadlines.

Regalia is the cap, gown, hood and tassel that you will wear for Commencement. The entire package is sold through the W&M Bookstore during Spring 2023. The W&M Bookstore is your contact for all regalia and graduation merchandise. You may also purchase class rings, announcements, diploma frames and other graduation merchandise (shipping charges may apply).

Undergraduates and Masters Degree Candidates

  • Regalia will be available for purchase in Spring 2023.  Exact dates and details will be shared with graduating students via email.
  • Regalia is available for purchase only there is no rental option
  • You can purchase regalia by the set (cap, gown, hood and tassel). MBA and MAcc students should select "MBA" hood (drab/tan) and MSBA students should select "Master of Science" hood (gold).
Is regalia required for Commencement Ceremonies?

Yes, regalia is required to be worn by all graduates for Commencement. 

What color is the hood supposed to be?

Raymond A. Mason School of Business MBA, MAcc, and BBA graduates wear brown (drab/tan) hoods. MSBA students wear gold hoods.

How to put the hood on?

Donning the hood is a two-person job. For tips view a regalia video. Staff will also be on-site to help, if needed.

What should be worn with regalia?

We recommend wearing attire appropriate for the formal atmosphere of Commencement. However, remember that it is likely to be warm that day and you may not want to wear a suit coat under your regalia. Comfortable, business formal shoes are recommended since you will likely do a lot of walking.


Yes, bring your honor or recognition cords with you to wear draped over your shoulders at the commencement ceremony.

Additional Commencement 2023 Information

You can find additional information about the 2023 Commencement plans as it becomes available at  

Commencement information is also available in the W&M Mobile app. Download the app and tap W&M Grad to keep up with the schedule, get the latest updates from @wmgrad, browse the latest #wmGrad posts, access the university livestream and more. More information at

Contact Information
Degree Requirements and Diploma Questions:

Wendy Urbano, Office of the Registrar, 757-221-2807

Commencement General Information:

Commencement, 757-221-1236

Academic Regalia and Merchandise Questions:

William & Mary Bookstore,  757-221-1669

Information Specific to the Raymond A. Mason School of Business Events:

Full-Time MBA, 757-221-2895
Part-Time MBA, 757-221-4300
Master of Accounting & Master of Science in Business Analytics, 757-221-6213
Online MBA, MSBA, MS Marketing, and Certificate in Business Analytics, 757-221-1424
Undergraduate Program, 757-221-6348