Undergraduate Information

  • Checklist for Graduating Students
    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 April 15th, 2023 and remain open through May 10th, 2023. Registration Links will be emailed directly to all eligible graduates.
    3. Order your Cap and Gown
      Official CWU regalia is required for participation in Commencement. The CWU Wildcat Shop oversees regalia orders. To order, please navigate to and click on the “Commencement” tab. Orders must be placed by May 11th, 2023.
    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), purchase a class ring, have your grad photo taken and much more!

      Grad Kickoff dates for 2023 are:

      Ellensburg Campus (SURC Ballroom):
      Tuesday, April 11th: 10:00am – 5:00pm
      Wednesday, April 12th: 10:00am – 5:00pm

      Des Moines Campus:
      Wednesday, April 19th: 1:00 – 7:00pm

      Lynwood Campus:
      Thursday, April 20th: 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 6th) 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 9th. Please remember that your namecard is vital to your Commencement participation, so do not forget to bring it with you on Commencement day!

      Those participating in the Kent and Graduate ceremonies will pick their name cards up on Commencement day at check-in.

    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.
  • Important Dates and Deadlines
    • Application to Graduate Due (for Spring 2023) – January 13th
    • Commencement Registration Opens – April 15
    • Application to Graduate Due (for Summer 2023) – April 7th
    • Grad Kickoff (Ellensburg) – April 11th & 12th
    • Grad Kickoff (Des Moines) – April 19th
    • Grad Kickoff (Lynwood) – April 20th
    • Commencement Registration Closes – May 10th
    • Namecard Pickup (Ellensburg Undergrad Ceremonies only!) – June 6-9th
  • Which Ceremony am I in?

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

    Kent Ceremony
    Graduates of all west side University Centers
    Sunday, June 4th, 2023 – 1:00PM
    ShoWare Center – 625 West James Street, Kent

    Ellensburg AM Ceremony
    College of Arts and Humanities, College of the Sciences
    Saturday, June 10th, 2023 – 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 Business, College of Education and Professional Studies
    Saturday, June 10th, 2023 – 2:00PM
    Tomlinson Stadium
    *A.M. and P.M. Graduates must report to the SURC on Commencement morning for line-up

  • Register for Commencement

    Commencement registration will be open April 15 – May 10, 2023. All eligible students will be emailed a direct link to register.