Checklist for Graduating Students


1. Apply to Graduate
Applying to graduate with the School of Graduate Studies and Research is the first step in your degree completion process. For instructions about how to apply, please click here.

2. Register for Commencement
If you plan to participate in Commencement, please complete the Commencement Registration Form by clicking the link below

Register for Commencement

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. To order your regalia, navigate to – Commencement – Regalia or click here.
*You will need your 10-digit commencement registration code to place your order.

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 2, 2019), purchase a class ring, have your grad photo taken, and much more!

Grad Kickoff dates for 2019 are:

Ellensburg Campus:

     - Tuesday, April 16, 2019: 10:00am – 5:00pm

     - Wednesday, April 17, 2019: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Des Moines Campus:

     - Wednesday, April 24, 2019: 1:00 – 7:00pm

Lynwood Campus:

     - Thursday, April 25, 2019: 1:00 – 7:00pm

5. 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


Graduation Application – Important Dates and Deadlines
Refer to the School of Graduate Studies and Research website for graduation procedures and deadlines.

Commencement Registration – Important Dates and Deadlines
Commencement registration opens – March 1, 2019
Grad Kickoff (Ellensburg) – April 16 and 17, 2019
Grad Kickoff (Des Moines) – April 24, 2019
Grad Kickoff (Lynwood) – April 25, 2019
Commencement registration closes – May 10, 2019

What Ceremony am I in?


CWU Master's/Education Specialist (EdS) students graduating from any of the west-side university centers or from an online program have the option to choose between attending the Graduate Hooding and Commencement Ceremony in Ellensburg (graduate [Master's and EdS] students only) or attending the CWU Kent Commencement Ceremony at ShoWare Center (which includes graduate and undergraduate students). More information about each of these ceremonies may be found in the left-hand side bar.

Graduate Hooding and Commencement (Ellensburg Ceremony)
Friday, June 7, 2019 – 6:00PM
Nicholson Pavilion

Kent Commencement Ceremony
Graduates of all west-side University Centers
Sunday, June 9, 2019 – 1:00PM
ShoWare Center

Register for Commencement


To register for commencement, click here. Commencement registration will open March 1 - May 10, 2019.