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Congratulations to the class of 2022! With spring quarter coming to a close, we get to celebrate the accomplishments of over 3,300 graduates and welcome them into the alumni family.

A graduation ceremony for westside Wildcats took place last weekend in Kent, and this weekend we have several more ceremonies happening on the Ellensburg campus.

The ceremonies start with Graduate Hooding and Commencement this Friday, June 10, at 6:00 p.m. in the SURC Ballroom and continue the following day with two undergraduate ceremonies.

The College of Business and College of Education and Professional Studies Commencement will take place Saturday, June 11, at 9:30 a.m. and the College of Arts and Humanities and College of the Sciences Commencement will take place Saturday, June 11, at 2:00 p.m.

“It is inspiring to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and watch them transition from students to CWU alumni,” said Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations Casey Ross. “The connections don’t stop being made when our graduates walk across the commencement platform. We invite all alumni to join in our growing CWU alumni network that keeps you connected to alumni for professional and personal growth, provides mentorship support to students, and continues fostering CWU pride.”

For students who are graduating, their anticipation is palpable. “As I get closer to graduation, I am excited for what my future has in store,” says upcoming graduate Laura Myers. “My time here at CWU has prepared me for life after school, and I am excited to be graduating knowing that I have a full-time job in my field of study already lined up.”

Myers plans to stay connected to CWU and has already joined the alumni association. She plans to return to campus for the same events she enjoyed while attending CWU, such as home football games.

For new graduates looking for other ways to stay in touch with the Wildcat family, CWU is offering discounted rates to join the CWU Alumni Association. New graduates can buy an annual membership for $22, or get a lifetime membership for half off which also includes a $50 Wildcat Shop gift card.

We look forward to seeing many of you back in Ellensburg this weekend, and if you would like more information about Commencement, including a FAQ page, please visit

Story by Kathleen Singleton

June 2022

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