The 2018 undergraduate commencement. GU photo.


All students graduating in the calendar year are invited to join the one annual celebration event in May of that year -- Commencement. Graduation is the completion of studies resulting in a diploma, and commencement is our acknowledgement of this academic achievement. Students wear a rental attire set, with a keeper cap and tassel. 

Tickets are not required for the commencement ceremonies, nor for Commencement Mass, and there are no guest limits.  Other celebration events for special groups are generally by-invite only and may limit the number of guests.

Review Commencement Stories from our successful 2018 Weekend. Scroll down for links to Grad Images for ceremony photos, and Graduation Nation for ceremony DVDs.

2019 Commencement

Mother's Day Weekend - May 10, 11, 12

Our Commencement Weekend App will go live April 5 with a full schedule and other details; find link here on April 5.

Live Text Captioning will be available for each ceremony and mass; link available here during events.

Live Web Streaming will be available for each ceremony and mass; link available here during events.

Disabled seating needs are managed by the professional staff at each facility.  Please arrive early, and plan to drop off your limited-mobility person(s) near the entrance before you park.  Campus wheelchairs are available from the Health and Counseling Services center.

No balloons, large signs, or loud sound items are allowed in the ceremony facilities. Each facility will utilize metal detectors and bag checks. Clear bags are not required. 

Friday, May 10

   Weekend schedule page will feature special events beginning March 1.

Saturday, May 11

   (All Events in McCarthey Athletic Center)

9:00-10:15am – Law Ceremony
Reception at Law School until 11:30am

12:00-2:00pm – Graduate Ceremony
Reception on Quad Lawn until 3:00pm

4:00-5:00pm – Commencement Mass
    (Meets Sunday obligation) - all faiths welcome
Students lineup in Martin Centre Gym at 3:30pm in gown and hood (no cap, no accessories)

Sunday, May 12

   (Ceremony at Spokane Arena)

9:30am-12:30pm – Undergraduate Ceremony
Reception on Campus on Quad Lawn until 2:00pm

2020 Commencement Dates - May 8-10, 2020


To Learn More, Contact Angela Ruff, Manager of Academic Events

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(509) 313-3572