Master's and Education Specialist (EDS) Degree Information

  1. Apply to Graduate
    Applying to graduate with the School of Graduate Studies and Research is the first step in your degree completion process. Please see instructions about 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 2020 dates 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. 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.

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

  • Commencement registration opens – March 1, 2020
  • Grad Kickoff (Ellensburg) – April 14 and 15, 2020
  • Grad Kickoff (Des Moines) – April 22, 2020
  • Grad Kickoff (Lynwood) – April 23, 2020
  • Commencement registration closes – May 10, 2020

CWU Master's/Education Specialist (EdS) students graduating from any of the westside 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 12th, 2020 – 6:00PM
Nicholson Pavilion

Kent Commencement 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!