Commencement

WSU graduates

Congratulations, Class of 2023!

Attend Washington State University Vancouver’s 2023 Commencement ceremony

1 p.m. Saturday, May 6
RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater

17200 NE Delfel Road
Ridgefield, WA 98642

Free and open to all (no tickets required)
Parking is free

Guests of the amphitheater, including graduates, will walk through a metal detector at entry. Guns, pocketknives (including Leatherman-style tools) and other weapons are not allowed.

There is no secure place to store your belongings during the ceremony. Carry-in belongings will be searched. Only small clutches, wristlets or fanny packs no bigger than 4.5 x 6.5” or clear plastic bags no bigger than 12 x 12 x 6” will be allowed inside.


Graduates

REGISTER TODAY Rent Regalia

Rent regalia online from Herff Jones. The deadline to order regalia is March 15.

You may choose to have regalia shipped to your home (shipping fees apply) or shipped to The Bookie for free. Regalia pickup will be 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. April 10 at a location to be announced.

Regalia scholarships are available. If renting regalia is an economic hardship, Associated Students of WSU Vancouver offer a limited number of regalia scholarships. Apply online by March 3.

Return regalia by mail by May 12. You may keep your cap and tassel. Regalia shipped to your home will come with a prepaid return label and instructions to ship via UPS. Regalia shipped for free to The Bookie must be returned to The Bookie.

Graduates typically wear a black cap and gown and a WSU yoke. Graduates earning their master’s or doctorate degree also receive a hood.

Master’s degree candidates, you will wear your hood during the processional and the ceremony. Check out this tutorial for information on how to wear your master’s hood. There will be people in the gathering area to help you.

Doctoral candidates, you will carry your hood over your arm during the processional. You will be hooded when you receive your diploma. Check out this video about how to carry your hood and the hooding ceremony.


Do I have to wear regalia to participate in commencement?

You are encouraged to wear regalia, and most graduates do. If you don’t wear regalia, please wear attire that is reflective of the dignified nature of the ceremony. Members of the military—active duty, National Guard and reserve—may wear their dress uniforms in place of regalia.

Graduation announcements, class rings and other memorabilia (optional) are available online from Herff Jones.

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater

Attendance at rehearsal is optional.

  • Arrive at the RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater at 3:15 p.m. Free parking in amphitheater lots beginning at 2:45 p.m.
  • Pick up your name card and honor cord (if applicable)
  • Proceed to your lineup area and follow directions of the marshals
  • Rehearsal will conclude by 4:30 p.m.

If you have questions, contact the Registrar's Office at van.registrar@wsu.edu.

Why attend rehearsal?

Although rehearsal is optional, here are some reasons to attend:

  • You have never been to the amphitheater. It’s bigger and more confusing than you may think.
  • You don’t like surprises. If you have a need to be in the know, attend rehearsal.
  • You like to help others. Graduates who do not attend rehearsal will be asking questions of those who did.
  • You would like to meet with your name reader to practice pronunciation of your name.

Help your special day go smoothly by reviewing the Commencement day checklist.

Review dos and don'ts for grads.

Graduation is a multi-step process consisting of submitting an application for degree, completing all academic requirements for your degree and paying a graduation fee.

Commencement refers to the celebratory ceremony each May.

You must apply to graduate. Do this through myWSU. There is a $60 charge.

If you are a May graduate, you need to apply to graduate by March 3 to receive information about commencement and be included in the commencement program. After that date, the charge to apply to graduate goes up.

If you are a July graduate, you still need to apply to graduate by March 3 to receive information about commencement and be included in the commencement program. If you are not participating in commencement, summer graduates have until May 26 to apply before the fee goes up.

You are eligible to participate in commencement if:

  • You earned your degree in December 2022
  • You applied to graduate in May or July 2023
  • Doctoral (except Doctor of Nurse Practitioner) candidates must have permission from the WSU Pullman Graduate School to participate

Your name will be in the program, and you will receive information from us if:

  • You graduated in December 2022
  • You are graduating in May 2023 and you apply to graduate by March 3
  • You are graduating in July 2023 and you apply to graduate by March 3

Undergraduates who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance will graduate with honors in one of the following categories:

Summa Cum Laude—candidates for baccalaureate degrees who have completed at least 30 hours of graded work at Washington State University with a cumulative grade point average of 3.90 or better.

Magna Cum Laude—candidates for baccalaureate degrees who have completed at least 30 hours of graded work at Washington State University with a cumulative grade point average between 3.70 and 3.89.

Cum Laude—candidates for baccalaureate degrees who have completed at least 30 hours of graded work at Washington State University with a cumulative grade point average between 3.50 and 3.69.

Honors for commencement are based on fall semester hours and GPA. Final honors status (printed on your diploma and official transcript) will be based on all WSU-graded credits and grade point average through your last term as an undergraduate, degree-seeking student.


Honor cords at Commencement

Honor cords (distributed with name cards at rehearsal and commencement) are based on fall semester hours and GPA.

Only undergraduates are eligible for honor cords; graduate students receive hoods.

Commencement is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Parking is free.

Guests of the amphitheater will walk through a metal detector at entry. Guns, pocketknives (including Leatherman-style tools) and other weapons are not allowed.

Carry-in belongings will be searched. Only small clutches, wristlets or fanny packs no bigger than 4.5 x 6.5” or clear plastic bags no bigger than 12 x 12 x 6” will be allowed inside.