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Please remember that the steps to  participate in Commencement are different from applying to graduate. To learn more about applying to graduate, please see our Steps to Graduation or contact the Office of the Registrar at (509) 335-9506.

Commencement refers to the ceremony, officiated by the President of the University, which is an opportunity for the students to share the excitement and importance of their academic accomplishments with peers, family, and friends. You must apply to graduate and register to walk in order to participate in a Commencement ceremony. Traditional caps and gowns are recommended. For more information on Commencement, please contact The Commencement Office at (509) 335-6674 or

IMPORTANT Participation in the Commencement ceremony is not a guarantee or an indication of degree completion. To officially graduate from WSU, students must satisfy all university, college, and departmental requirements for the specific degree.

Please select a date below to learn about important events for Fall Commencement.


October 2, 2020 – Degree Application Deadline

Last day to apply for an undergraduate degree, professional degree and undergraduate certificate. The application fee is $60.00. After this date, a late fee of $75.00 will be applied until the end of instruction, after that time the fee will be $150.00. If you have any questions please contact the Office of the Registrar, Undergraduate Degrees Area, at 509-335-9506 or 509-335-7724 or

Last day to apply for a graduate degree. The application fee of $60.00 must be paid before the final exam date. If you have any questions please contact the Graduate School at 509-335-6424 or

Students are encouraged to submit their Undergraduate Degree and Professional applications as soon as possible.

Submitting a degree application by this date ensures that a students name will appear in the commencement program.


October TBA, 2020 – Grad Fair

Grad Fair at the CUB Junior Ballroom between 9AM and 5PM.

The Grad Fair is an opportunity for all potential graduates to check degree applications, register to walk in the Pullman Fall Commencement ceremony, pick up a cap and gown, order announcements, and purchase a class ring or diploma frame, and visit with various other campus offices such as: Financial Aid, International Programs and Senior Gift.

See you there!


October TBA – November TBA, 2020 – Ceremony Registration

Ceremony Registration will be available 10/23/2019 through 11/12/2019

Access directly through this website, via MyWSU, or by attending the Grad Fair.

Reminder: This is not the same as applying to graduate.


October TBA, 2020 – Deadline to Purchase Custom Regalia (PhD’s only)

Last Day to purchase WSU custom doctoral regalia for Fall Ceremony.

Questions about your order contact the Bookie at (509) 332-2537 or


November TBA, 2020 – Deadline for Cap and Gown Rentals

Last day to order regalia from Herff Jones (website will go live on Oct 24th) is TBD.

Last day to get your name on the Commencement T-shirt by registering for Commencement.


November TBA, 2020 – Deadline for Ceremony Registration

Last day to register to walk in the Fall Commencement ceremony.


December 11, 2020 – Pick-Up Reader Card

You will receive a pre-printed card that will be used to announce your name during the diploma march. You must pick this card up prior to the ceremony line-up on Saturday and have it with you during the ceremony.

These cards will be available on Friday, December 11, at the Beasley Coliseum main ticket office (near section 14 on the main concourse) between 9AM and 6PM and on Saturday, December 12 starting at 9AM.

It is highly recommended that you pick it up on Friday to avoid long lines on Saturday. You do not need your ID and yes, someone else can pick it up for you.

If this is your first time to campus and you have not been to the Coliseum before here is some directional help.

When you pick up your card please do not take a program as you will be supplied one on your seat during the ceremony

Be sure to bring this card with you on Saturday, December 12 . During the ceremony you will be ushered out of your seats by rows, take the card with you and after the picture station you will hand it to the person who will be announcing your name as you step into view (via live video cameras) on the overhead screens just prior to you stepping forward to get your diploma cover from the dean. Providing phonetic pronunciation of your name during the registration process will help assist the reader in getting your name correct.



December 11, 2020 – Hooding Practice (for PhD/EdD/DNP Students)

Hooding practice: Friday, December 11th at 2 PM Beasley Coliseum down on the main floor. Come in through the service tunnel facing the baseball field.  

Academic apparel is not required for practice.

On the day of the ceremony, assemble inside along the right wall of the SE tunnel entrance. Names will be taped on the wall in the proper order for the hooding ceremony. Ushers will escort you to your assigned seating, your name will be on the program to insure proper order. Remain standing.

During the hooding ceremony, an off-stage announcement will direct the doctoral candidates to come forward and a marshal will assist in releasing the rows.  In single file, candidates come forward on the outside aisles. Each candidate will advance to the front of the hooding table, turn to face the staging area on the floor, and remove his or her cap.  The reader will read the student’s name, degree earned and hooding professor.  The faculty hooder will place the hood over the candidate’s head and extend congratulations.

If you are taller than your professor you may want to lower yourself using your knees not bending forward at the waist as this makes it more difficult for the professor to reach over your head.

After receiving the hood and congratulations from the hooding professor, the candidate proceeds forward to receive the diploma cover from the Dean or Associate Dean of the Graduate School. The candidate will turn and walk down the center aisle. Candidates return to their original seating via the center aisle and remain standing until all candidates have returned to their seats and are seated by the announcer.

During the recessional, graduates will be released from the floor using the SE tunnel entrance.


December 12, 2020 – Commencement

All degrees will be conferred at the Commencement ceremony in Beasley Coliseum. The Commencement ceremony is a time when the campus community comes together to honor all graduates and their families.

The WSU Pullman Campus Fall Commencement will begin at 10AM at Beasley Coliseum. All Colleges participate in one ceremony. Line-up begins at 9:30. Map of the Fall Ceremony.


December TBA, 2020 – Return Regalia

All rentals must be returned to the Bookie by 5PM on Friday, December 13, 2019. The Bookie is open from 9AM to 5PM on Saturday, December 12; 11AM to 4PM on Sunday, December 13; and 7:30AM to 6PM on Monday December 14. All regalia, including university yokes, need to be returned no later than 5pm Friday, December 18. Undergraduates and Master’s students will keep the cap and tassel.

Contact the Bookie at (509) 332-2537 or if you have questions.


December 12-16, 2020 – Final Exams

Final Exam week. Good luck!