Commencement Ceremony Information
2021 Commencements will again be virtual for both semester and quarter classes
A note from the EWU President and Provost:
Dear Campus Community:
It is hard to believe we have made it through one full year of this pandemic. Even as the city and county continue to move in a positive direction with COVID cases, we are forced to make the hard decision now on commencement. With that, we have decided to move forward with virtual ceremonies this spring. There are new signs of hope each day as vaccines take hold, but there are still many uncertainties ahead of us, and because of this, public health still must be the benchmark that guides our process.
This is not an easy decision, and one that will surely frustrate students and their friends and families. The university wants to share in the joy of this great moment and we understand and sympathize that this will be a disappointment to most. However, the reality is that 3,300 students are eligible for graduation this spring - plus alumni who graduated last year and many of our students are still awaiting the COVID vaccination. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff must be a priority and the requirements for space to properly protect and celebrate simply isn’t feasible for where we are right now.
We waited as long as possible to finalize this decision in order to assess and consider our options. We are now directing our efforts towards making the virtual event the best possible celebration and we are looking forward to sharing details in the weeks ahead.
This website will continue to be updated with the latest information, and we encourage you to visit the Eagle Store’s virtual Grad Fair and sale April 12-18. Our hope is for something in-person this fall to celebrate alumni who graduated during the pandemic and will continue to update the campus community as plans are discussed and finalized.
We are proud of the way our students have adapted and persevered through these extraordinary times and look forward to celebrating their hard work and achievements.
Stay well and stay Eagle Strong!
-Dr. David May, Interim President, & Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, Provost
Details about the 2021 Virtual Commencement are coming!
How do I participate?
- Students Graduated/Graduating Fall 2020-Summer 2021
Students who have been awarded their degree for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 or who have applied to graduate for Spring 2021 or Summer 2021 will automatically be included in the celebrations. You will receive email at your @eagles.ewu.edu email address in the coming weeks with further details.
- Families & Friends
Once the ceremony details have been arranged, the schedule will be posted on this website. On the day of the ceremony, you can check back here to watch the ceremony.
Caps & Gowns, Graduation Announcements & Other Eagle Alumni Swag! #eagle4life
- Order your Cap & Gown!
You may want to capture this monumental achievement with photos in your cap & gown. Check out the Eagle Store website for information on ordering graduation announcements and other graduation merchandise and be sure to join them at their virtual Grad Fair event April 12-18. Order early to ensure prompt delivery! (Check with the Eagle Store about deadlines.)
Commencement Programs & Diploma Covers
- Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 Graduates
A commencement program and diploma cover will be mailed to you with your diploma 4-6 weeks after the end of the term. Don't forget to update your diploma mailing address!*
- Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 Graduates
If you would like to request a program and/or diploma cover be mailed to you, please complete this form.