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Commencement is a formal ceremony which derives from a tradition established by institutions of higher education over hundreds of years. The ceremony is a dignified and joyous occasion that conveys the respect society feels toward those who have worked so hard to reach their academic achievements. Commencement honors degree recipients and their families, many of whom have made considerable sacrifices, so that these moments may be savored. During the program, each graduate is recognized by name when crossing the stage to receive his/her diploma cover. Special recognition is also given to those who have achieved academic honors.

Note: EWU diplomas will not be released until all financial obligations are cleared. 

The 2016 Commencement is Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena and is open to fall 2015 through summer 2016 graduates. Both ceremonies are for Graduate and Baccalaureate students.

The 9 a.m. ceremony for students in the 
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work and 
College of Business and Public Administration.

The 2 p.m. ceremony for students in the  
College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics and 
College of Arts, Letters & Education
College of Health Science & Public Health

  • Click here for 2016 departments in each college.
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  • The 2016 commencement ceremonies are live on June 11th! 

The 2016 semester Commencement for the College of Health Science & Public Health is 10 A.M., Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Spokane Convention Center. Further details will be posted at

  • Click here for 2016 departments in CHSPH.

Ceremony Protocol

  • Out of respect for each other and the solemnity of the occasion, graduates and guests are asked to stay for the entire ceremony.
  • The ceremony is expected to last two hours.
  • All graduates should wear the appropriate academic cap and gown.
  • There will be a 3x5 card and a pencil on your chair at the ceremony. Please write your name as you want it read. If your name is difficult to pronounce, please write it phonetically. This card is handed to the reader at the platform so that the graduate's name may be called.
  • Doctoral and master's candidates will be hooded prior to receiving the diploma cover and should carry their hoods to the lineup and in the Grand March.

Diplomas for winter 2015 baccalaureate graduates were mailed April 8, 2015.
Diplomas for spring 2015 baccalaureate graduates were mailed July 14, 2015.

2015 Commencement Program

Watch the 2015 ceremonies: 9 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Commencement DVDs are available after the ceremonies.

Professional photos from the 2015 ceremonies are available for order from Image Studios.

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