Below are the answers to several frequently asked questions about the virtual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 13, 2020. If your question is not answered here, please contact email@example.com.
All graduates will have a customized commencement celebration page created on their behalf and uploaded to the main EWU Commencement website.
These individualized pages will be home to recorded celebratory messages from President Cullinan, Provost May, the Deans of EWU's individual colleges, and more. At 9:00 AM on June 13, graduates, friends and families can tune into these customized celebration pages and watch the video messages together.
Graduates will have the opportunity to upload a senior photo to their pages before the ceremony. Parents, friends and faculty will also have the opportunity to upload photos and congratulatory messages to their graduate's individual celebration pages, which can then be shared across social media or downloaded by the graduate as a memorial keepsake.
Students who filled out the RSVP form before the May 22 deadline will also receive a special graduation kit in the mail with items curated to help celebrate this special milestone.
Each graduate will have a personalized web page created on their behalf. The videos will be posted on your individual page.
A link to the videos will also be published on the main commencement website, which you can find here. Please feel free to share this link with your family and friends who may wish to tune in on June 13.
The Commencement Day videos will be published on the main commencement website and on the graduates' personalized commencement web pages at 9:00 AM on Saturday, June 13, 2020. The videos will not be live, so you can tune in at 9:00 AM or whenever works best for your Commencement Day celebration plans. The videos will be available for quite some time after June 13, so you can watch them many times if you wish!
The link for uploading your grad/senior photo is now live! You can upload your photo here. Simply search for your name in the box and upload the file. Don’t forget to press “Submit”!
Your grad photo will be displayed on your personalized commencement web page. Please note that the deadline for uploading your grad photo is 8:00 PM on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
Your family and friends can upload congratulatory messages, photos, and videos to your personalized commencement web page. To do so, they will need to visit this website and fill out the form. These messages will be posted to your individual commencement page prior to the Virtual Commencement Ceremony, and you can even download them after Commencement Day to save as a one-of-a-kind commencement keepsake.
You are encouraged to share this link with family and friends via email and social media. If you are sending out graduation announcements, you can include it with those, too.
Below is the full link; please copy and paste to share with your family members and friends. You can use this same link to leave congratulatory messages for your fellow graduates!
Please note that the deadline for uploading your grad photo is 8:00 PM on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.
The Grad Kits will include a handful of items specially curated to help you celebrate this monumental achievement, including a link to the downloadable PDF electronic program, an Eagle4Life window cling, and a red EWU sling bag, plus a couple other fun surprises.
Grad Kits will be mailed to whatever mailing address you have on file and should arrive the week of Commencement.
Spring 2020 degrees will be awarded shortly after spring grades have rolled. Diplomas will be sent out approximately 6 weeks after that to whatever diploma address you have on file. If you do not have a diploma address on file, it will be sent to your permanent address.
Note: the diploma address and/or permanent address is different than the mailing address. Please check EagleNET to verify your addresses.
Graduates who filled out the RSVP form by the May 22 deadline will receive a diploma cover as part of the Grad Kit. If you missed the RSVP deadline or would otherwise like to request a diploma cover to be mailed to you, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A commemorative program will be mailed with all Spring 2020 diplomas after degrees have been posted (likely to be received in July 2020).
You are more than welcome to walk at a future in-person ceremony! An official RSVP will be posted on this site; please continue to check back here for details as we get closer to June 2021.
Graduation application fees will not be refunded.
The graduation application fee helps fund commencement-related expenses, including the planning of virtual celebrations and the administrative tasks of processing graduation applications, printing and mailing diplomas, and so much more.
There is no need to wear a cap and gown for the virtual ceremony.
Yes. You can return your unused regalia to the EWU EagleStore. Returns must be received by June 12, 2020.
Please follow these steps in shipping back your return for a full refund:
- Include your first and last name in the package
- Include a copy of the receipt from your purchase
- Label the package as follows:
EWU Eagle Store
ATTN: Merchandise Returns
116 Pence Union Building
Cheney, WA 99004
- Ship the package in a manner that gives you tracking information. Your tracking number will allow you to confirm their delivery date in case there is any question about our receiving them. We will process your refund once we have your return in hand. You will receive an email confirmation showing we have processed the request. You should see the refund within 5-7 business days, depending on your bank.
If you’d like to keep your honor cord or stole, you may do so, but you will only be refunded for the returned unused items.
Josten’s has provided a template that you can use to include with your announcements regarding the postponed ceremony.
Please encourage them to contact their travel or lodging provider as soon as possible. Given the current circumstances, many companies have been lenient with their cancellation policies.
Unfortunately, we do not know for certain when the CDC or state restrictions on large gatherings will be lifted. We are considering other options for celebrations later in the year.