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:

 EllensburgDes Moines CampusLynnwood Campus
DateTuesday, April 17th & Wednesday, April 18thWednesday, April 25thThursday, April 26th
Time10:00am - 5:00pm1:00pm - 7:00pm1:00pm - 7:00pm
LocationStudent Union and Recreation Center (SURC) BallroomHigher Education CenterSnoqualmie Hall


If you are planning to participate in one of Central Washington University’s 2018 Commencements, please register online and purchase the appropriate regalia (caps and gowns) through the Wildcat Shop at

Commencement Registration will be open from March 1 - May 15. 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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