Law student at commencement

2020 Commencement - May 8-10

All students graduating in the calendar year are invited to join the one annual celebration event over Mother's Day Weekend in May -- 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 (doctoral students can purchase if desired).   Scroll down to the end of this page for blue boxes with links to order ceremony attire and announcements.  

   TICKETS AND GUESTS - Student Floor Seating Plans are announced April 14, and undergraduate (senior) students will be able to obtain up to 8 guest tickets for the Arena starting on this date, including those needed for accessibility.  The Law and Graduate ceremonies , and Commencement Mass, do not require tickets, and there are no guest limits for these events.  Other celebration events for special groups are generally by-invite only and may limit the number of guests and/or require a ticket purchase.  


  •     Our Commencement App will be available April 14 
  •     Professional and responsible behavior is expected, the ceremonies are alcohol/substance free events
  •     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  
  •     Accessible seating is available at each facility, managed by the professional facility team
  •     Students can obtain wheelchairs through Health and Counseling Services  (limited available)
  •     Live Text Captioning and Live Web Streaming will be available for each ceremony and mass; links available here during events
  •     Ceremony photographs are available for purchase by June 1 (scroll down to select Grad Images )

Commencement Ceremonies Schedule 2020

Friday, May 8

   The Commencement Season Schedule lists special events in addition to the main ceremonies

Saturday, May 9

   (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 and all faiths are welcome
   Students lineup in Martin Centre Gym at 3:30pm in gown and hood (no cap, no accessories)

Sunday, May 10

9:30am-12:30pm – Undergraduate Ceremony
  Spokane Arena -
doors open at 8:30am
   Reception on Campus on Quad Lawn until 2:00pm
   Return rental attire to the Zag Shop by 5:00pm


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

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College Hall 335 or Ad Box 100
Spokane, WA 99258
(509) 313-3572