Undergraduate Information

  • 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. Please see these instructions for 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 dates for 2020 are:

            Ellensburg Campus (SURC Ballroom):
            Tuesday, April 7th: 10:00am – 5:00pm
            Wednesday, April 8th: 10:00am – 5:00pm

            Des Moines Campus:
            Wednesday, April 22nd: 1:00 – 7:00pm

            Lynnwood Campus:
            Thursday, April 23rd: 1:00 – 7:00pm

    5. Pick up your Namecard
      (Ellensburg undergraduate ceremonies only) Beat the lines on Commencement day and pick your namecard up early! Available for pick-up beginning the Tuesday of Commencement week (June 9th) 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 12th. 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 2020) – January 17
    • Commencement Registration Opens – March 1
    • Application to Graduate Due (for Summer 2020) – April 3
    • Grad Kickoff (Ellensburg) – April 7 & 8
    • Grad Kickoff (Des Moines) – April 22
    • Grad Kickoff (Lynnwood) – April 23
    • Commencement Registration Closes – May 10
    • Namecard Pickup (Ellensburg Undergrad Ceremonies only!) – June 9-12
  • Which 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.

    Ellensburg AM Ceremony
    College of Business, College of Education and Professional Studies
    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 – 9:30AM
    Tomlinson Stadium
    *A.M. and P.M. Graduates must report to the SURC on Commencement morning for line-up

    Ellensburg PM Ceremony
    College of Arts and Humanities, College of the Sciences
    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 – 2:00PM
    Tomlinson Stadium
    *A.M. and P.M. Graduates must report to the SURC on Commencement morning for line-up

    Kent Ceremony
    Graduates of all west side University Centers
    Sunday, June 14th, 2020 – 1:00PM
    ShoWare Center – 625 West James Street, Kent

  • Register for Commencement

    Commencement registration is open March 1 – May 10. To register, please navigate to your MyCWU Dashboard and follow the below instructions.

    1. Login to your MyCWU Dashboard.
    2. Navigate to your “My Degree Status” box located on the left-hand side of the screen
    3. Click “Register for Commencement” under the Next Steps tab

    my degree status section. click on register for commencement in the next steps section