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Spring Commencement Checklist WSU Commencement Ceremonies

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 in order to participate in a commencement ceremony. Traditional caps and gowns are recommended. For more information on commencement, please contact University Events 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 Commencement.

March 6, 2020 - Degree Application Deadline
March 31 - April 17, 2020 - Ceremony Registration
March 31 - April 1, 2020 - Grad Fair
April 13, 2020 - Deadline to Purchase Custom Doctoral Regalia
April 17, 2020- Deadline for Ceremony Registration, Cap and Gown Rentals
May 8, 2020 - Pick-Up Reader Card (Masters and Undergraduates)
May 8, 2020 - Hooding Practice (for PhD/EdD/DNP Students)
May 9, 2020 - Commencement (8AM, 11:30AM, & 3PM Ceremonies)
May 9-15, 2020 - Return Regalia