CWU Commencement

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Congratulations on completing your degree program!

Want to tell your favorite graduates how proud you are of them or thank your family/friends/faculty/biggest supporters for all their help along the journey? Be sure to join the conversation by using #CWUGrad on Instagram and Twitter and watch for your message to be displayed on the big screen at the commencement ceremonies in Ellensburg. Don’t forget to use #CWUGrad.

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CWU is holding three commencement ceremonies in June:

  • Saturday, June 11, 9:30 a.m., Tomlinson Stadium for graduates in the College of Business and the College of Education and Professional Studies.
  • Saturday, June 11, 2:00 p.m., Tomlinson Stadium (1610 N. Walnut St., Ellensburg), for graduates in the College of Arts and Humanities, College of the Sciences, and Interdisciplinary and Individual Study majors.
  • Sunday, June 12, 1:00 p.m., ShoWare Center (625 W. James St., Kent) for graduates of CWU at Des Moines, Pierce, Lynnwood, and Everett.

You are eligible to participate in a CWU commencement ceremony if you have completed a degree in summer or fall 2015, winter 2016, or have applied to graduate spring or summer quarter of 2016.

To participate in commencement you need to register. Registration will be open approximately March 7 through May 23.

In the spring you will receive information about "Grad Kickoff," which puts everything you need for commencement at your fingertips. You may ask questions about commencement, order a cap and gown, pick up your honors tassel, or choose graduation announcements.

Registrar Services will notify all students who qualify for honors tassels via their CWU email account.  Honors tassels may be picked up at Grad Kickoff, Registrar Services, or your University Center campus administration office.  Please note that picture ID will be required.

Master’s degree candidates should contact the School of Graduate Studies and Research to check the status of their degree completion.

Tomlinson Stadium:

Tickets are not required for admission. Seating will be available in the Tomlinson Stadium and on additional bleachers adjacent to the grandstand. 

Disabled Seating
Entrances for persons of disability are located on the north and south ends of the grandstand. Those needing special seating will find it on the northwest side of the field.

Indoor Seating
The McIntyre Recital Hall will be open for family and friends with special needs or those who cannot sit outside in the weather (no tickets are necessary). There will be a live video feed from Tomlinson Stadium to the Recital Hall.


ShoWare Center:

Tickets are not required for admission.  Seating is available in the grandstand only.  Doors will open approximately an hour prior to the ceremony. 

Disabled Seating

Disabled seating is clearly marked at the ShoWare Center, as well as designated areas for wheelchair access. Hearing-impaired students/guests are requested to sit in section 114 on the west side of the stands to be near the interpreter, who will be signing from the platform.


Each year a faculty member is selected to carry the University mace and lead the faculty processional. The 2016 Faculty Marshal's for each ceremony are listed below:

Ellensburg Commencement Ceremony One
Dr. David Gee, Professor of Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences

Ellensburg Commencement Ceremony Two
Dr. Patsy Callaghan, Professor of English

Kent Commencement Ceremony
Dr. Cory Gann, Professor of TEACH


The Silver Cortege, whose names are listed below, will lead the graduates through the ceremony. They are a select group of juniors chosen for their academic excellence.

Ellensburg Commencement Cortege
Kelsea Piper, Mount Vernon, WA, Psychology and Family Studies
David William Swenson, Fairbanks, AK, Professional Pilot
Rachel Lynn Carroll, Ellensburg, WA, Elementary Education
Denise Jarnecke, Harrah, WA, Recreation and Tourism
Maria Khadija Oirkha, Vancouver, WA, Food Science and Nutrition
Sunghyun Park, Seoul, South Korea, Aviation Pilot
Megumi Taylor, Wenatchee, WA, Music Performance – Flute
Dustin Ashley Walter, Mount Airy, MD, Anthropology and Asia/Pacific Studies
Hao “Joseph” Jiang, Wenling, China, Chemistry
Laura Elizabeth Steiner, Selah, WA, Biology
Hali Daggerhart, Ellensburg, WA, Biology
Dalton Edward Neiffer, Milton, WA, Law and Justice Psychology

Kent Commencement Cortege
Tanya Ramfar, Mukilteo, WA, Psychology, CWU-Lynnwood
Kaitlyn Griffith, Fox Island, WA, Psychology, CWU-Pierce
Kristin R. Gruel, Seattle, WA, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Psychology, CWU-Des Moines
Jorge Serrano, East Los Angeles, CA, Accounting, CWU-Lynnwood
Margaret Cooper, Everett, WA, Psychology and Sociology, CWU-Lynnwood
Ercia Ignacio, Puyallup, WA, Social Services, CWU Pierce