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Register for Commencement

Current students, returning grads, and faculty: Register to participate

Commencement lets you share the excitement and importance of academic accomplishments with peers, family, and friends. Cap and gown are recommended for in-person ceremonies, optional for virtual ceremonies.

Fall Commencement ceremonies will be held on the Pullman campus only.

Graduates of the Class of 2020 and Spring 2021
The University invites you to join us in Pullman for a special Commencement ceremony dedicated to returning graduates from spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020, and spring 2021.

Sat., Dec. 11
1:30 p.m.
Beasley Coliseum

Register by the deadline

You must register in order to participate in Commencement ceremonies. If you plan to participate, register as soon as possible.

Fall ceremony: Register now

Register by Nov. 14.

Choose this button if you are a summer 2021 or fall 2021 graduate. Current students, you’ll also need to apply for graduation through the Office of the Registrar or the Graduate School. Be advised that applying for graduation and registering for Commencement are two separate steps. Applying to graduate does not automatically register you to take part in ceremonies.


Registration has been extended to November 14.

Please choose this button if you are a graduate of the Class of 2020 (spring, summer, or fall) or Spring 2021.


Register by Nov. 30.

Spring ceremonies: Registration closed

Registration will be open from Feb. 1 to mid-April.

Who can participate

WSU students from any campus statewide

No matter what WSU campus you attend—including the online Global Campus—you can register to participate in the Pullman campus fall Commencement ceremony. To register, you must have applied to graduate or have already graduated. If you are finishing courses and expect to complete them before the cutoff date for graduation, you may participate in a Commencement ceremony.

Graduates of the Class of 2020 and Spring 2021

Please register and join us for a fall ceremony for returning graduates. We hope to see you in Pullman to celebrate your graduation!

WSU faculty

The University encourages faculty to participate to honor students’ academic achievements.

Who can attend

Graduates may invite as many friends and relatives as they wish to the ceremony. 

Tickets are not required for admission. There are no reserved seats. Guests may sit in any of the designated guest seating areas and may come and go at their leisure. Only graduates are allowed to sit in the graduates’ seating area.

Tips for students

  • Complete the checklist
    Before you register, be sure that you have completed tasks on the checklist for grads. 
  • Provide phonetic pronunciation of your name
    Do this when you register. It will help the reader pronounce your name correctly during the diploma march. 
  • Dual degrees
    Choose just one academic unit (from which you are earning a degree) to walk and sit with during the ceremony. When you register, you will reserve a seat in the ceremony with that academic unit.  
  • Register by the deadline
    If you register in time, your name will be included on the Commencement t-shirt.   
  • Plan to attend receptions
    In the spring, many colleges and organizations within the University hold receptions for their students and members. Find out about plans for these events, including the popular Multicultural Graduation Celebration (hosted by the Office of Multicultural Student Services) and Lavender Graduation (hosted by the Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center).