How to Request to be Excused from Commencement

  1. Please know that attendance at commencement is not required. If you will not be in attendance, you are required to submit the following information to Name, ID# or SSN#, address, current phone number, indicate the graduation ceremony you are requesting to be excused (May, August, December), and if you wish to receive your hood when your diploma is mailed following the commencement exercises.
  1. Email

The following must be included in the email:

  • Full name
  • Student ID or SSN#
  • Permanent mailing address for diploma to be sent. The address submitted in this email will constitute the graduation candidate’s consent to change the address in the Gardner-Webb University operating system if different.
  • Phone number. This number should be a current number where the graduation candidate can be reached or a message left.
  • Indicate the correct graduation ceremony (May, August or December)
  • Indicate if the hood is to be mailed with the diploma. When a student does not indicate within the email that the hood is desired or if the student indicates the hood is not desired, the charge is reversed from the student account and the hood is returned to Jostens.

All fees must be paid to the Business Office in order to receive the diploma and selected future services such as a transcript. Questions regarding the student account should be directed to the Business Office at 704-406-4287.