Dear Wildcats,

We regretfully announce the cancellation of the 2020 Commencement ceremonies (Ellensburg/Kent). The well-being of our Wildcat family is our top priority. We are actively working on an alternate plan to recognize the class of 2020. We will continue to share updates as information is available.


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

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 the store website: You may also have them shipped to you if you are not able to attend the Grad Kickoff.

Grad Kickoff will be held:

  Ellensburg Des Moines Campus Lynnwood Campus
Date Tuesday, April 7th & Wednesday, April 8th Wednesday, April 25th Thursday, April 26th
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

Commencement Registration will be open May 10th. To participate in commencement you need to register at Your registration will be confirmed during the first week of June.

Some of your commencement questions can be answered by visiting

Congratulations on your achievement and watch the commencement website ( and your e-mail for more information about commencement exercises.
For more information call the Wildcat Shop at 509-963-1311 or email us at

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