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Graduation & Commencement

We celebrated graduates twice! Evergreen's 2020 Commencement took place virtually on Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13.

Commencement 2020 was held on June 12 at 1:00 pm (as planned) and on June 13 at 10:00 am, with all graduates celebrated at both events. Relive commencement below, or read President Bridges' statement about the updated ceremonies, which offered the full range of speakers and moments that honor our graduates. 'Grats, Greener grads!

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Receiving your diploma

Diplomas will be mailed to you over the summer once all your evaluations are turned in by faculty and your degree is certified, assuming all holds and charges have been reconciled. Deans will contact faculty with overdue evaluations to make sure they are turned in.

Also, your diploma and academic record will correctly reflect your BA, BS, or BAS, regardless of how it may have been listed in the commencement virtual diploma.

If you have questions about your diploma or transcript, or if you need confirmation of your degree for grad school or work, email

Commencement 2020 dates

  • Friday, June 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 10:00 am

The webcast event included remarks from commencement speakers and honorees and performances by musicians. You can watch it above!

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

While this year’s event differed in many ways from our traditional ceremony, we built a celebration that brought our community together to honor the class of 2020. Read a message about commencement from President George Bridges.

Graduate and other program celebrations

The following events were also online:

Graduation program

Welcome and Dedication George S. Bridges, Ph.D., President, presiding

Trustees' Welcome Karen Fraser, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Speaker Stephanie Coontz 

Graduation Address Faculty Speaker, Undergraduate Student Speaker Graduate Student Speaker 

Presentation of the Candidates Jennifer Drake, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs ​

Conferring the Degrees Karen Fraser, Chair of the Board of Trustees​

Recognizing the Graduates Members of the Board of Trustees: Monica Alexander ’13, Lucera Cox ’20, Karen Fraser, Fred Goldberg, Irene Gonzales, David Nicandri, Miguel Pérez-Gibson ’89, and Ed Zuckerman ’77​

Closing Please join us in singing the Alma Mater and Geoduck Fight Song; Both songs written (1971) by Malcolm Stilson, M.L., Emeritus Librarian, and arranged by Linda Waterfall (2007).

Graduation Program (PDF)

Regalia and printed programs

Graduates who have applied to graduate before May 9th received mortar boards, tassels, diploma covers, 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!

Class of 2020 Gives to Scholarships

The Class of 2020 has selected the Evergreen Scholarship Fund for this year’s Class Gift. With over 50% of Evergreen students identifying as low-income, many students are often faced with choosing between pursuing their education and covering essential costs such as rent, child care, groceries, and utilities. During the disruption of COVID-19, the need for scholarship support is greater now than ever before. Join the Class of 2020 in support of the Evergreen Scholarship Fund, which bolsters first-generation college students, students of color, veterans, adult learners, and others who face barriers to pursuing an outstanding liberal arts education. Join the Class of 2020 in support of the Evergreen Scholarship Fund.

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.