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Day of Commencement – Spring

How to navigate your big day

Sat., May 7

8 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 3:00 p.m.
Each WSU college or academic unit is assigned a specific ceremony time.

Beasley Coliseum (directions)
Livestreamed at

Held twice a year, the all-University Commencement ceremony welcomes participation of students from all WSU colleges and campuses.

Traditional cap and gown recommended

See tips for wearing regalia.

No tickets needed

Ceremonies are open to the public and free to attend.

COVID-19 policy

Effective March 1, WSU is no longer requiring proof of vaccination for those attending events on its campuses. This after the same restriction was lifted on the state level.

Beginning March 12, masks no longer will be required to be worn in a majority of WSU buildings. That includes classrooms, residence halls, recreation centers and dining halls. Face coverings will still be required on public transit and by those inside medical facilities, including Cougar Health Services and counseling centers, in keeping with Gov. Jay Inslee’s latest guidance and federal requirements.

Note that WSU will always be following state and public health guidelines in effect at the time of an event. Please check here for the most current information before attending Commencement.

2-hour ceremony

Plan to spend that time at the ceremony itself. You will need additional time for transportation, parking, and entering/exiting the building.

Reader cards: Pick up before the ceremony

If you are walking, you must have your reader card with you for your name to be announced during the ceremony.

Parking and transportation

Free parking is available. Follow the parking instructions.

When you arrive


Follow the instructions for lineup.


Enter the Beasley Coliseum concourse through all doors.

One exception: During the fall ceremony, the eastern entrance facing the Student Recreation Center will be for students only.

Disability accommodations

If you or your guests have disabilities, the University provides accommodations to help you access and fully experience Commencement ceremonies.

Doctoral hooding

PhD, EDD, and DNP candidates: Follow the instructions for event day.


Don’t miss the celebrations across campus to honor Cougar graduates. Details will be posted as events draw closer.

Platform party

The Commencement platform party—to be seated on a dais in front of the graduating class—consists of the following University officials:

  • President
  • Provost
  • Vice presidents
  • Members of the Board of Regents
  • Presidents of the Graduate and Professional Student Association and Associated Students of Washington State University
  • Faculty Senate chair
  • Alumni Association president
  • College deans
  • Invited guests