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. 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.
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 Wildcatshop.net – Commencement – Regalia.
*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 2nd, 2019), purchase a class ring, have your grad photo taken and much more!

Grad Kickoff dates for 2019 are:

Ellensburg Campus:

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

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

Des Moines Campus:

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

Lynwood Campus:

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

5. Pick up your Namecard
NEW FOR 2019! (Ellensburg Campus Only)
Beat the lines on Commencement day and pick your namecard up early! Namecards will be available for pick-up beginning the Tuesday of Commencement week (June 4th) 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 7th. Please remember that your namecard is vital to your Commencement participation, so do not forget to bring it with you on Commencement day!

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 2019) – January 11
Commencement Registration Opens – March 1
Application to Graduate Due (for Summer 2019) – April 5
Grad Kickoff (Ellensburg) – April 16 and 17
Grad Kickoff (Des Moines) – April 24
Grad Kickoff (Lynwood) – April 25
Commencement Registration Closes – May 15
Namecard Pickup – June 4-7

What 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. If you do not know which college you belong to, click here for a complete list.

Ellensburg AM Ceremony
College of Arts and Humanities, College of the Sciences
Saturday, June 8th, 2019 – 9:30AM
Tomlinson Stadium
*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 8th, 2019 – 2:00PM
Tomlinson Stadium
*Graduates must report to the SURC on Commencement morning for line-up

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


Register for Commencement

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