Graduating students

WSU Vancouver's Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022.


Regalia

Rent regalia directly from Herff Jones. Regalia will be delivered and returned by mail. The deadline to order regalia is April 17.

  • Bachelors—$65
  • Masters—$95
  • Doctorate—$125

Return regalia by mail by May 13. You may keep your cap and tassel.

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

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 process.

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. We will also have people in the gathering area to assist you.

Questions? Contact The Bookie at 360-573-0447 or van.bookie@wsu.edu.

Still waiting to receive your regalia?

If your regalia has not arrived yet, please contact Herff Jones customer service representative Howard Byrd at htbyrd@herffjones.com to track your order.

Problems with the regalia shipped to your home?

Email Howard Byrd, customer service representative for WSU regalia vendor Herff Jones, directly at htbyrd@herffjones.com if the regalia order shipped to your home is not correct.

Do I need to wear regalia in order to participate in commencement?

Absolutely not! The most important thing is that you get to celebrate your graduation with your family, friends, and classmates. Students are strongly encouraged to wear regalia. However, if you do not receive it on time, you may still participate. Please wear attire that is reflective of the dignified nature of the ceremony.

Class rings and/or announcements (optional)

Other graduation products (class rings, announcements) are available at Herff Jones. Orders can be placed online.

Graduation announcements late or don’t meet your expectations?

If you have not received your graduation announcements yet or the quality doesn’t meet expectations, please contact Herff Jones customer service representative Howard Byrd directly at htbyrd@herffjones.com. Herff Jones is also the vendor that supplies WSU graduation announcements. The company is committed to addressing any customer service issues.

Rehearsal

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, 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 not required, we recommend you participate if you fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • You have never been to the amphitheater.
  • You would like to meet with the name reader to review pronunciation of your name.

Commencement day checklist

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

Review dos and don'ts for grads.

Graduation vs. Commencement—what’s the difference?

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

Commencement refers to the ceremony on May 7.

Apply to graduate

You must apply to graduate. You do this through myWSU and there is a $60 charge.

If you are a May graduate, you need to apply to graduate by March 4 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 4 to receive information about Commencement and be included in the Commencement program. If you are not participating in Commencement, summer graduates have until May 27 to apply before the fee goes up.

Eligibility to participate in Commencement

You are eligible to participate in commencement if:

  • You completed degree requirements in December 2021
  • You applied to graduate in May or July 2022
  • 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 2021
  • You are graduating in May 2022 and you apply to graduate by March 4
  • You are graduating in July 2022 and you apply to graduate by March 4

Guests

No tickets are needed to attend Commencement.

Honors

Learn about honor cords and how honors are determined.