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CWU Commencement

Commencement 2014


Congratulations on completing your degree program! This website is designed to help your friends, your family, and you celebrate and honor your achievements and to make preparing for graduation easy and exciting. The pages of this site will be updated as information develops about registration, ceremonies, and celebrations. You will be able to plan a visit, learn about the history of CWU Commencements, and even meet our graduates--past and present. You are eligible to participate in our Commencement Ceremony if you have completed a degree in summer or fall 2013, winter 2014, or have applied to graduate spring or summer quarter of 2014. In addition, to participate in Commencement you need to register at

Registration will be open March 10 through May 26. Bachelor's candidates should contact Registrar Services to confirm their degree-completion status. Master's candidates should contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Research to check the status of their graduation applications.

Some of your Commencement questions can be answered by visiting



In order to accommodate the great number of graduates and their families and friends, CWU will hold three Commencement Ceremonies:




Tickets are not required for admission. Seating will be available in the Tomlinson Stadium and on additional bleachers adjacent to the grandstand. Seating will not be allowed either on the track or the field. We anticipate a crowd of 5,000 for each of our graduation exercises.

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 available on the northwest side of the field. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing will be able to view the ASL interpreter on the large screen.

Indoor Seating
The Music Building Recital Hall will also 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 at the Recital Hall.

Ellensburg Commencement Times

Saturday, June 14, 2014

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tomlinson Stadium
1610 N. Walnut Street
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Tomlinson Stadium
1610 N. Walnut Street
Ellensburg, WA 98926

(Students should arrive at the SURC Pit no later than 8:15 a.m.)

Field gates open at 8:10 a.m.

Bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients in the College of Business, the College of Education, and Professional Studies.

(Students should arrive at the SURC Pit no later than 12:45 p.m.)

Field gates open at 12:45 p.m.

Bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients in the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of the Sciences, and interdisciplinary study and individual study majors.




No tickets are required for this ceremony. Seating is available in the grandstand only. Disabled seating is clearly marked at the ShoWare Center, as well as designated areas for wheelchair access, which are located in the grandstand. Deaf or hard of hearing students/guests are requested to sit in a specified, reserved section on the west side of the stands to be near the interpreter, who will be signing from the platform.


Sunday, June 15, 2014
ShoWare Center
625 West James Street
Kent, WA 98032

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  |  (Students should arrive at the ShoWare Center between 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
     Doors open for guests at 12:00 p.m.

This ceremony is open to graduates of CWU programs at campuses in Pierce County,
Des Moines, Lynnwood, and Everett.


View the slideshow below to see excerpts from CWU's 2012 Ellensburg graduation exercises.