Graduation & Commencement

Save the date! Evergreen's 2020 Commencement will take place virtually on Friday, June 12 at 1pm.

This annual celebration is open to all students graduating during the 2019–2020 academic year, including summer quarter.

While this year’s event will be different in many ways from our traditional ceremony, we are building a celebration that brings our community together to honor the class of 2020. Read a message about commencement from President George Bridges.

Date: Friday, June 12, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm

The webcast event will include remarks from commencement speakers and honorees and performances by musicians.

Friends and family will be able to attend the event. Links will be emailed to registered graduates.  They also will be invited to share photos and join watch groups to celebrate with fellow grads.

Students must apply to graduate. The graduation fee covers the printing of diplomas, commencement programs, and mailing of stoles, mortar boards and commemorative items to graduates.

Graduate and other program celebrations

The following events will be held online:

Status of the following events is still to be determined:

  • Tacoma Commencement
  • Evening and Weekend Studies Celebration
  • International Students Celebration
  • Native Pathways Celebration
  • Veteran’s Celebration

Regalia and printed programs

Graduates will receive mortar boards, tassels, printed programs, and other memorabilia by mail.

A cap and gown are not required; Evergreen’s graduation is well-known for creative garb! But many students do wear cap and gown as part of their regalia.

For other regalia, announcements, gifts, and more, the Greener Bookstore is open for online orders!

Walk at Commencement 2021

Graduates who would like the full flavor of a joyous open-air commencement, Evergreen-style, are  invited to walk with the graduating class of 2021 in June next year. If you paid your graduation fee in 2020 there will be no additional fees to participate. Details to come.

Graduation and commencement

Graduation refers to receiving a degree once Evergreen certifies you have finished and completely fulfilled all degree requirements.

Commencement is the symbolic ceremony marking the closing of your academic career where you receive commendation for your hard work at Evergreen. It is an opportunity for you, your family, friends, and the Evergreen community to celebrate your accomplishment.