Graduation: What You Need to Know

Eastern Washington University will host two all campus commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 15, at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

The Ceremonies

At 9:00 a.m. students graduating in the College of Business and Public Administration (CBPA) and the College of Social Sciences (CSS) will receive their diplomas.

CBPA degrees will be awarded in:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Finance and Marketing
  • Information Systems and Business Analytics
  • Management
  • Public administration
  • Urban and Regional Planning

CSS degrees will be awarded in:

  • Children’s Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Geography and Anthropology
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Affairs
  • Military Science
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Race and Culture Studies
  • Social Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

At 2:00 p.m. students graduating in the College of Arts, Letters and Education (CALE), the College of Health Science and Public Health (CHSPH) and the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CSTEM) will receive their diplomas.

CALE degrees will be awarded in:

  • Art
  • Education
  • English, Creative Writing and Journalism
  • Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education, Health and Recreation
  • Theatre and Film

CHSPH degrees will be awarded in:

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Health Services Administration
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Public Health

CSTEM degrees will be awarded in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry/Biochemistry and Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science
  • Engineering and Design
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Science

Commencement Speaker

The 2018 National Teacher of the Year and Eagle alumna, Mandy Manning, is this year’s commencement speaker. Manning was named National Teacher of the year for her work with immigrant and refugee students at the Newcomer Center at Ferris High School. She will share her experiences during both the morning and afternoon ceremonies.


Students participating in one of these ceremonies should arrive at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena 30-60 minutes prior to their designated ceremony. Free parking is available at any of the Arena-owned parking lots. All guests will be required to go through security, so please plan to bring only essential items.

Once inside, follow the signs and staff directions to your respective college. EWU staff will be dressed in red commencement shirts and will be available to direct you to your lineup location.

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students, you start the day with your tassel over your right eye. Near the end of the ceremony, you will be directed to move your tassel to the left. If you are a graduate-level student, wear your tassel over your left eye and carry your hood on your arm (right arm for master’s students, left arm for doctoral students). Place the velvet next to your elbow and hood next to your wrist.

Above all don’t forget to smile and have fun! Share your photos on social media using the hashtags #eagle4life and #ewugrad2019.

Helpful Links

If you have family or friends who cannot attend the ceremony, they can watch it live on our YouTube channel using the links below.

Click the links below for more helpful tips to plan your big day.

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