The graduation ceremony is an annual celebration open to all students graduating during the academic year, including summer quarter.

Congratulations New Graduates!

The 2016 ceremony took place on Friday, June 10. View the program (PDF). Every graduation has a theme and related t-shirt and student speakers. Learn more about 2016’s theme.

Relive the event

Commencement Coverage

Check out the full recorded ceremony, search social media (#geoduckgrad), or read the Olympian for more on Evergreen’s 2016 graduation.

Watch a video of the commencement ceremony

Photo Galleries

You can still get the shirt

Buy your graduation t-shirts online or in the Greener Bookstore on campus. Greener Bookstore donates $5.00 for each shirt sold to the 2016 Class Gift, which will be donated to Gateways for Incarcerated Youth.

2017 Commencement

Friday, June 16 at 1 pm
Red Square

For Graduates

Please see instructions for graduates for important information about the ceremony.

Graduate students will attend a separate hooding program in addition to regular commencement.

If you’re getting ceremony information and do not plan to graduate this year, let us know through the survey link on and we will take you off the mailing list.

About the Ceremony

Evergreen’s commencement is held outdoors on Red Square at the center of campus, rain or shine. To watch indoors, we will have several live streaming locations set up. You can view commencement in Library 4300, Seminar II A, D, and E—1st and 2nd floor lecture halls. 

The ceremony begins at 1 pm and lasts approximately three hours. Learn about this year’s guest speakers.

A reception will follow in the Daniel J. Evans Library Lobby. With 1,000 or more graduates to recognize, we ask that the audience remain seated until the recessional has concluded. The last person recognized deserves the same support, respect, and celebration as the first. Your presence is part of the graduation experience for all. Graduates, families, and friends will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Tickets are not required. Early arrival is recommended for best seating and parking.

Food will be available for purchase on Red Square and in the adjacent College Activities Building.

Can’t attend in person? The commencement ceremony will be streamed live

Parking & Transportation

All parking is free on graduation day. However, more than 7,000 people are expected to attend the ceremony and parking will be at maximum capacity.

Download a campus map (PDF) marked with locations for graduation day parking. Marked shuttle vans will run from 11 am to 1:30 pm and from 3 pm to 5 pm between the farthest parking areas (Parking Lot F, meadow parking off Driftwood Road) and the main campus.

Intercity Transit buses also run to the college every 15 minutes between downtown Olympia and the college, and every half hour between Capitol Mall and the college.

Accessibility Notice

If you are a person with a disability in need of an accommodation during Commencement, please view the accommodations we have available for your benefit.