Graduation Schedule

Warren Wilson College’s virtual commencement will be held Saturday, May 9 at 1 p.m. EST.

Commencement will be shown over our Warren Wilson YouTube Channel:

The final link will be emailed to students this week, along with the Google Hangouts for any Departmental “Receptions” that will follow the ceremony.

It’s such a special time for the class of 2020 and we hope there will be thousands of guests sharing in the celebration!

In May of 2021, we invite all of our Class of 2020 to return to campus to walk and celebrate with the Class of 2021. This year’s planned speaker, Andrew Revkin, noted science and environment journalist, will be speaking at the 2021 commencement.

Andrew Revkin will speak at Warren Wilson's 2020 Commencement

Commencement Speaker: Andrew Revkin 

Andrew Revkin is one of America’s most honored journalists focused on environmental and human sustainability. He has written on global environmental change and risk for more than 30 years, reporting from the North Pole to the White House, the Amazon rain forest to the Vatican – mostly for The New York Times.



Invitations & Diploma Frames

Warren Wilson College is proud to partner with Herff Jones on commencement invitations and diploma frames. This service is provided by Herff Jones; all communications may be directed to our campus representative: Deborah S. Forrest, LLC (704) 962-1483,

General Information

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Commencement Eastern Hemlock Sapling

Commencement Traditions - Hemlock Seedling

The Eastern Hemlock sapling received with each degree represents a new beginning. Just as each graduate leaves the College to go, lay down roots, and grow, the graduate is encouraged to plant this tree away from campus to represent their mark as a Warren Wilson graduate in the greater world.

Doug Orr at 2006 Commencement

Commencement Traditions - College Tartan

Warren Wilson’s tartan was designed by Sharon Fullerton Grist ’77 to honor the College’s centennial. Blue and gold are the school’s colors. The three bands of maroon represent academics, work, and community engagement; their color signifying the College’s Presbyterian heritage. Gray represents the rock upon which the campus was built and green reflects the landscape. The College’s tartan is registered officially with the Scottish Registry of Tartans.

Dean Paula Garret and President Sandy Pfeiffer at 2011 Commencement

Commencement Traditions - College Mace

The mace represents the authority of the college President and is carried at the head of academic processions by the Chief Marshall, typically the Dean of the College. The Warren Wilson mace was commissioned in 1978 by college President Reuben Holden and created by Swannanoa artist Dirck Cruser. Carved of walnut, the mace bears the symbols of the College: the mountains, the valley, the river, the owl, and the spade. The distinctive curves and carving also form two W’s for “Warren Wilson.”