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, including graduation GPA honors for undergraduate students. Students wear a rental attire set, with a keeper cap and tassel. Our Commencement Weekend App features the full schedule and other details.  Scroll down to the end of this page for blue boxes with links to order ceremony attire, announcements, videos, and photographs. Each ceremony has a page with details, accessible on the right margin.

Professional behavior is expected -- the ceremonies are alcohol/substance free events. 

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. 

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.  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 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

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)

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)

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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