This year's ceremonies will honor graduates from Fall 2022 through Summer 2023. Students who are graduating in Fall 2023 are welcome to attend, but please note that your name will not be in the program until next year.
Please remember to RSVP for your ceremony by the deadline.
Click here to view up-to-date COVID-19 and safety protocols on the Spokane Arena's website. (These protocols also apply to the semester ceremony at the Spokane Convention Center.)
COVID-19 protocols are subject to change. EWU and the Spokane Arena are continually evaluating safety protocols and will follow state and public health guidelines with regard to COVID-19.
Click here to view a list of degree programs by broken down by college.
Students in quarter-based programs can attend one of the ceremonies on Saturday, June 17, 2023.
Students in the semester-based programs can attend either the Spokane Campus Ceremony on Friday, May 5, 2023, or the All Campuses Ceremonies on Saturday, June 17, 2023.
All graduates participating in the ceremony are expected to wear the appropriate academic cap and gown. The EWU Eagle Store will have caps and gowns available for purchase both in the store and online.
You can now pre-order leis and flower bouquets from The Commencement Group for your graduate! All online orders will be available for pickup on Commencement Day at the ceremony venue.
EWU expects all students participating in the commencement ceremonies to wear their cap and gown.
You can certainly decorate your cap! Please follow these rules when decorating your cap:
- No offensive language, sayings, nicknames, pictures, or lyrics on the cap.
- All decorations MUST lay FLAT on the cap.
The 2022 Grad Fair is scheduled for:
- Spokane Campus: EWU Catalyst Building, 11am-6pm on February 14, 2023
- Cheney Campus: EWU Eagle Store, 10am-4pm on February 15-16, 2023
Grad Fair is the Eagle Store's kick-off for graduation merchandise. It is an opportunity to take professional graduation photos and order your cap and gown, graduation announcements, and other graduation items. Graduation regalia is available for purchase in-store starting in mid-February 2023.
Tickets are not required for any of the ceremonies. Doors open for seating about one hour prior to the ceremony.
May Ceremony @ the First Interstate Center for the Arts
- Event parking is available for a fee at the Double Tree Parking Garage adjacent to the Convention Center. Hourly parking is available at the Davenport Grand Parking Garage.
June Ceremonies @ the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
- FREE guest parking is available during EWU's Commencement ceremonies in Arena-owned parking lots.
Students needing accommodations to participate in the graduation ceremonies should review Disability Information about the Spokane Arena at https://www.spokanearena.com/disability.php
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be conducted during the ceremony.
For accommodation needs not covered by these, please contact EWU Student Accommodations and Support Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509.359.6871 at least a week prior to the event.
The ceremonies will include sign language interpreters. Accessible seating is also available and can be found on the map: https://www.spokanearena.com/documents/map-concourse.pdf
Doors open one hour prior to each ceremony.
Graduating seniors who had earned GPAs in the ranges below will receive the corresponding academic honors:
4.0 and 3.9 = Summa Cum Laude
3.89 and 3.7 = Magna Cum Laude
3.69 and 3.5 = Cum Laude
Graduating seniors will be formally recognized during commencement, on university transcripts, and on their diplomas. Additional information about honors can be found in the University Catalog.
Yes! Please RSVP for both ceremonies.
No. The May ceremony is for semester-based programs only.
Doors will open for guests to each venue approximately one hour prior to the ceremony. Students should plan to arrive 30-60 minutes prior to the ceremony for line-up.
For detailed information about each ceremony, please visit the Schedule of Ceremonies page and click on your desired ceremony.
Diplomas are not distributed at commencement.
After verification that all degree requirements have been completed, undergraduate diplomas will be mailed from the Records and Registration Office approximately six weeks after the end of the term. Graduate diplomas will be mailed from the Graduate Studies Office approximately six weeks after graduation.
If you have a change of address, please update your Diploma Mailing Address on EagleNET immediately!
Please note that your diploma will not be mailed until all financial obligations are cleared with the university.