Fall 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Instead of a typical in-person ceremony, Wake Tech’s Fall 2020 graduation will be virtual due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The college is planning a pre-recorded event, complete with graduate photos and video speeches on Saturday, December 12. The event begins with a tassel turning celebration hosted live by Wake Tech President, Dr. Scott Ralls on YouTube. The live "turn your tassel event" will begin at 1 PM on Saturday, December 12, and the pre-recorded ceremony will be available for viewing directly after. Graduates and their families will be able to find a link to the "turn your tassel event and the graduate slides on this webpage on Saturday, December 12. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my name still be called?

Yes. We have professional name-callers that will announce each graduate just like they would be announced at the ceremony. Only the names of graduates that apply for graduation by the October 2 deadline will have their names included in the virtual graduation ceremony. 

Do I have to log in at a certain time to view the virtual ceremony?

The ceremony will be available to view on Saturday, December 12. The live "turn your tassel event" will begin at 1 PM on Saturday, December 12, and the pre-recorded ceremony will be available for viewing directly after. The virtual graduation slides will be available for several months after December 12. The virtual graduation content can be viewed directly from the virtual graduation webpage: virtualgrad.waketech.edu

How do I set up my virtual graduation slide for the virtual ceremony?

All students that applied for graduation by October 2 will receive an email from Wake Tech with additional information about participating in the virtual ceremony the week of October 12. The email that is sent to students will have all the directions that will be needed. Graduates that applied for graduation by October 2 will need to check their Wake Tech email for their virtual graduation setup information. All virtual graduation information will be sent to the graduate's Wake Tech email account. If you need help accessing your Wake Tech email, please contact the IT Help desk at 919-866-7000.

Can I get a program of the ceremony?

Yes. A PDF will be made available for all graduates and their families.

When will I receive my cap and gown?

Graduates that are interested in ordering a cap and gown will need to order their cap and gown by September 25 if they wish to wear their cap and gown in their graduation photo. Graduates that order their cap and gown by September 25 should receive their regalia by October 13. Cap and gown orders will be mailed directly from Herff Jones to the address graduates listed when they completed their order. Please refer to your order confirmation for more information. All graduation regalia is handled exclusively through Herff Jones, the Registrar's Office will be unable to provide information on regalia orders. Questions regarding regalia should be directed to Herff Jones via the contact information on your order confirmation. 

Will I be able to walk in the spring ceremony?

We are in the process of working on additional options for students that were unable to cross the stage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once a final decision is made, we will update our graduation webpage and social media accounts. Please check graduation.waketech.edu frequently for updates. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at WTCCRegistrar.

Do I have to watch a video to see my graduate?

No, each graduate will have his/her own personalized graduation slide. Every graduate will be searchable by name and/or program on the virtual graduation webpage.

When will I receive my PTK/Honors cords?

Phi Theta Kappa cords/stoles will be sent via FedEx the week of October 19 to the address on the student's file. Graduates that are members of honor societies other than PTK will need to reach out to the appropriate office. For a list of additional honor societies contact pages, please visit: https://www.waketech.edu/student-services/registration-student-records/graduation/details.


When will my degree/certificate/diploma be mailed?

Fall 2020 degrees, diplomas, and certificates will be sent via FedEx in late February 2021 to the mailing address listed on the graduate's account.


Is the virtual ceremony a live event?

No. The virtual graduation ceremony contains several pre-recorded videos and a graduation slide for each graduate. The only portion of the event that will be live is the "turn your tassel" video that is hosted by Dr. Ralls. 

What will the virtual graduation look like?

The spring 2020 virtual graduation videos are available on the "previous graduation" link on the graduation website. Please feel free to view the spring content to get an idea of the virtual graduation setup.

How can I order a cap and gown?

Graduates can order their cap and gown directly through Herff Jones. Click HERE for more information on purchasing graduation regalia.

Do I have to order a cap and gown in order to participate in the virtual graduation?

For the fall 2020 virtual graduation, graduates will not be required to purchase a cap and gown. Graduates that wish to participate in the live "turn your tassel" event have the option to purchase a cap and tassel without the gown. Graduates that are interested in ordering graduation regalia may purchase their regalia directly through Herff Jones