Grad Kickoff is an important event that no graduate should miss. It provides a single setting for graduating students to get everything they will need for graduation and commencement. You will be able to pick up your cap and gown, honor tassel, and diploma frame, order class rings, graduation announcements, and even take graduate portraits. University staff members will be available to answer any questions about Commencement.

You may order your commencement-related items in advance of Grad Kickoff and request pickup at any of the three sites (see below) where Grad Kickoff is held. This is done online at: You may also have them shipped to you if you are not able to attend.

Grad Kickoff will be held:

  Ellensburg Des Moines Campus Lynnwood Campus
Date Tuesday, April 7th & Wednesday, April 8th Wednesday, April 22th Thursday, April 23th
Time 10:00am - 5:00pm 1:00pm - 7:00pm 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Location Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Ballroom Higher Education Center Snoqualmie Hall


If you are planning to participate in one of Central Washington University’s 2020 Commencements, please register online and purchase the appropriate regalia (caps and gowns) through the Wildcat Shop at, under the "commencement" tab.

Commencement Registration will be open March 1 - May 10th. To participate in commencement, you must register. Your registration will be confirmed during the first week of June.

Some of your commencement questions may be answered by browsing the tabs to your left or by visiting

Congratulations on your achievement and watch the Commencement website ( and your e-mail for more information about the Commencement exercises.

For more information, call the Wildcat Shop at 509-963-1311 or email us at

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