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2018 Commencement Photos, Stories, and Transcripts

Undergraduate Commencement

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AM Mall Walk | AM Ceremony
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Commencement Program
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Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib
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AM Commencement Speech by
Student Alexis Everett '18
Alexis Everett Speech Transcript
PM Commencement Speech by
Student Nenay Norawong '18

Nenay Norawong Speech Transcript

CWU Kent Commencement

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Chris Lytle, Keynote
Tony Brito, Student Speaker

Keynote Address by Port of Oakland, WA Exec. Dir. Chris Lytle Transcript

Master's Degree Hooding Ceremony

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Hooding Ceremony

Student Speeches
Sam McManis
Lindsay Millward
Lisa Wilding

2018 Twitter Wall

View all of the commencement photos and well-wishes from family and friends on the 2018 Twitter Wall.

Commencement Videos: Ellensburg AM & PM, and Kent Ceremonies

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies

Central Washington University Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2018 will be held on the following days and locations:

Saturday, June 10, 9:30 a.m.
Tomlinson Stadium (1610 N. Walnut St., Ellensburg), for graduates in the College of Business and the College of Education and Professional Studies.

Saturday, June 10, 2:00 p.m.
Tomlinson Stadium (1610 N. Walnut St., Ellensburg), for graduates in the College of Arts and Humanities, College of the Sciences, and Interdisciplinary and Individual Study majors.

Sunday, June 11, 1:00 p.m.
ShoWare Center (625 W. James St., Kent) for graduates of CWU at Des Moines, Pierce, Lynnwood, and Everett.

Graduate Hooding Ceremony

Commencement Stories

2018 CWU Commencement Ceremonies Begin June 8

It’s time for the Clan Gordon Pipers to spiff up their sporrans and warm up their bagpipes. This June, more than 3,000 Wildcats will receive degrees at Central Washington University’s 126th Commencement. While President James L. Gaudino will preside over the ceremonies, each celebration offers a unique array of speakers and guests.

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CWU Celebrates 29th Commencement Ceremony at ShoWare Center

This June, more than 300 Wildcats from Central Washington University’s three Puget Sound-area University Centers will receive degrees at ShoWare Center in Kent. CWU President James L. Gaudino will preside over the ceremonies.

At 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, graduates from CWU-Lynnwood, at Edmonds Community College; CWU-Des Moines, at Highline Community College; and CWU-Pierce County, at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, as well as graduates from online degree programs, will take part in the commencement ceremony.

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Washington Lt. Gov. Habib to Address CWU Class of 2018

In his role as Washington’s chief opportunity officer, Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib dedicates himself to increasing and developing new opportunities in higher education and employment. Habib will discuss his efforts—and why they are so important right now—during his address at the 2018 CWU Ellensburg commencement.

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Port of Oakland Boss to CWU Graduates: Don’t Pull Back from the World

A global trade executive urged college graduates to reject “extreme protectionism,” calling it damaging and futile. Speaking yesterday at Central Washington University’s Kent, Wash., commencement, Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle urged his audience to embrace globalization.

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Grammy Winning Music Artist Wanz Graduates from Central Washington University

Wanz went from poppin' tags to Pomp and Circumstance! Congratulations, Wanz! Seattle artist Michael "Wanz" Wansley graduated from Central Washington University in Ellensburg this weekend.

Wanz, now 56, skyrocketed to fame in 2012 with the hit song "Thrift Shop," released by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

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CWU Graduates Encouraged to Empower Others

Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib told Central Washington University’s graduates on Saturday they have overcome challenges of their own, and it is vital for them to go and empower others.

“I want you to use your imagination not just to conquer your own fears, but to help conquer others,” he said. “We need you more than ever ... to chart the way.”

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CWU Graduate Overcomes Odds to Continue Her Education

Miraclejoy Curtis never lacked the intelligence, drive, passion or commitment to attend a four-year university. She just simply didn’t think it was an option.

"In my mind, my perception, college was for rich white people," Curtis said. "I didn't think I deserved it, I didn't think twice about it."

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CWU Student Doesn’t Let Rare Cancer Keep Her from Graduating

A cancer diagnosis couldn’t keep a Central Washington University business student from achieving her goal of graduating and attending commencement on June 9.

Sabrina Dominguez, 23, was a freshman at the University of Washington when she received her diagnosis on April 30, 2014. She has Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, a disease that even if you are a 60-year-old, you are still considered too young to have.

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