Undergraduate Information

  1. Apply to Graduate
    Applying to graduate with Degree Checkout in Registrar Services is the first step in your degree completion process. Please see these instructions for how to apply.
  2. Register for Commencement
    Commencement registration will open on March 1st, 2020 and remain open through May 10th, 2020. Please check back in spring 2020 for more information!
  3. Order your Cap and Gown
    Official CWU regalia is required for participation in Commencement. You must be registered for Commencement in order to place your regalia order with the Wildcat Shop.
  4. Attend Grad Kickoff Grad Kickoff, sponsored by the Wildcat Shop, is your one-stop-shop for all things Commencement. You can pick up your cap and gown (if ordered by April 15th, 2020), purchase a class ring, have your grad photo taken and much more!

    Grad Kickoff dates for 2019 are:

    Ellensburg Campus (SURC Ballroom):
    Tuesday, April 14th: 10:00am – 5:00pm
    Wednesday, April 15th: 10:00am – 5:00pm

    Des Moines Campus:
    Wednesday, April 22nd: 1:00 – 7:00pm

    Lynwood Campus:
    Thursday, April 23rd: 1:00 – 7:00pm


  5. Pick up your Namecard
    (Ellensburg undergraduate ceremonies only) Beat the lines on Commencement day and pick your namecard up early! Available for pick-up beginning the Tuesday of Commencement week (June 9th) at the Info Center inside the SURC between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm. Cards will be available at the info center until Friday, June 12th. Please remember that your namecard is vital to your Commencement participation, so do not forget to bring it with you on Commencement day!
  6. Check Ceremony Information
    CWU’s Commencement website is home to all Commencement-related information. Make sure you check back often, as the most up-to-date ceremony information will be listed here first. Find all relevant information regarding your ceremony in the left-hand side bar.
  • Application to Graduate Due (for Spring 2020) – January 17
  • Commencement Registration Opens – March 1
  • Application to Graduate Due (for Summer 2020) – April 3
  • Grad Kickoff (Ellensburg) – April 15 and 15
  • Grad Kickoff (Des Moines) – April 22
  • Grad Kickoff (Lynwood) – April 23
  • Commencement Registration Closes – May 10
  • Namecard Pickup (Ellensburg Undergrad Ceremonies only!) – June 9-12

CWU’s Commencements are divided by college. The college that your major falls under determines which ceremony you will walk in.

Ellensburg AM Ceremony
College of Business, College of Education and Professional Studies
Saturday, June 13th, 2020 – 9:30AM
Tomlinson Stadium
*A.M. and P.M. Graduates must report to the SURC on Commencement morning for line-up

Ellensburg PM Ceremony
College of Arts and Humanities, College of the Sciences
Saturday, June 13th, 2020 – 2:00PM
Tomlinson Stadium
*A.M. and P.M. Graduates must report to the SURC on Commencement morning for line-up

Kent Ceremony
Graduates of all west side University Centers
Sunday, June 14th, 2020 – 1:00PM
ShoWare Center – 625 West James Street, Kent

Commencement registration will be open March 1 – May 10, 2020. Please check back then!