Frequently asked questions about Commencement

How do I get on the “list” or “register” for Commencement?

If you completed your degree in December or if you apply by March 4 to graduate in May or July, we have your name and you will receive an invitation to participate in Commencement.

Do my family and friends need tickets to attend Commencement?

No. Guest seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Be aware that large blocks of seats cannot be saved.

Review dos and don'ts for guests.

How long does Commencement last?

The ceremony is about two hours. Be sure to plan additional time to walk from the parking lot to the staging area and line up.

After the ceremony, it will take time to find your family and friends, make your way to your car and exit the parking area.

Will I get my diploma at Commencement?

We are quick, but not that quick! WSU needs time after spring grades are posted to confer all degrees. Degree posting begins May 11 and could take several weeks. Check myWSU to see if your degree has posted. Diplomas for spring graduates will be mailed 2 – 3 weeks after the degree posts. Be sure your diploma and home address are correct in myWSU.

What are "honors" and how do I get my honor cord?

Honors

Undergraduates who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance will be graduated 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.

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 2021 hours and GPA.

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