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Day of Commencement

How to navigate your big day

Sat., Dec. 11

10 a.m.: Current students (August and December graduates) of the Class of 2021
1:30 p.m.: Returning students of the Class of 2020 and spring graduates of the Class of 2021

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

The university welcomes graduating Cougs in person for the Fall 2021 Commencement ceremony. The event will be held in accordance with state and public health guidelines.

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