2020 Commencement Dates - May 8-10, 2020
All students graduating in the calendar year are invited to join the one annual celebration event over Mother's Day Weekend 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, including graduation GPA honors for undergraduate students. Students wear a rental attire set, with a keeper cap and tassel. Our Commencement Weekend App will feature the full schedule and other details.
Professional and responsible behavior is expected -- the ceremonies are alcohol/substance free events
Click on the ceremony (right margin) to see Floor Seating Plans and other details.
Scroll down to the end of this page for blue boxes with links to order ceremony attire, announcements, videos, and photographs.
Tickets and guest limits may be required for the commencement ceremonies - this page will be updated with specifics by November 1. Other celebration events for special groups are generally by-invite only and may limit the number of guests.Disabled seating needs are managed by the professional staff at each facility upon arrival, who can help your party be seated together or nearby. Please arrive early, and plan to drop off your limited-mobility person(s) near the entrance before you park to reduce the amount of walking needed. Disabled parking spaces are available near the entrances of each facility. As of 5/3/19, all campus wheelchairs available from the Health and Counseling Services center are spoken for.
No balloons, large signs, or loud sound items are allowed in the ceremony facilities. Each facility will utilize metal detectors and bag reviews. Clear bags are not required.
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.
2019 Commencement - reference
Mother's Day Weekend - May 10, 11, 12
Friday, May 10
Commencement Season Schedule lists special events, beyond our ceremonies.
Saturday, May 11
(All Events in McCarthey Athletic Center; doors open 1 hour before each event)
9:00-10:30am – Law Ceremony
Reception at Law School until 11:30am
12:00-2:00pm – Graduate Ceremony
Reception on Quad Lawn until 3:30pm
4:00-5:30pm – 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 - doors open at 8:30am; disabled entrance 1st set of doors)
9:30am-12:30pm – Undergraduate Ceremony
Reception on Campus on Quad Lawn until 2:00pm