Graduation & Commencement

Save the date! Evergreen's 2020 Commencement will take place on Friday, June 12th at 1pm on Red Square. The graduation ceremony is an annual celebration open to all students graduating during the academic year, including summer quarter.

At this time Evergreen is proceeding with plans to hold commencement on Red Square June 12th. If conditions related to COVID-19 require changes to these plans, we will notify students, staff, and faculty by email, and update this page.
A woman smooches a man on the cheek before Evergreen’s 2019 commencement ceremony.
An older man with a bushy beard plays a banjo before other fellow graduates at Evergreen’s 2019 commencement ceremony.
Greeners in non-traditional graduation garb dance during Evergreen’s 2019 commencement ceremony.
A line-up of Evergreen grads in white coats and green graduation caps smile for the camera.
Two men hug during Evergreen’s 2019 commencement ceremony.
View photos from the event.

Thank you for joining us in celebrating the class of 2019! 2019 Commencement took place on Friday, June 14 at 1 pm on Red Square.The class theme last year was: “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” —Nikos Kazantzakis

Graduation and commencement

“Graduation” and “commencement” are terms of art. 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.

2019 Undergraduate Speaker

Guest speakers have been selected from among our undergraduates, graduates, and the faculty. Last year, the selection also included filmmaker, curator, community organizer, and co-founder Tracy Rector as our keynote presenter.

Learn more about our guest speakers.

Commencement: what to expect

  • Find out where to park.
  • The ceremony will start at 1 pm and last about three hours.
  • We ask that graduates and guests remain for the duration of the ceremony. 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.
  • We recommend early arrival for best seating and parking.
  • Graduates are not required to wear caps and gowns, although many do. Evergreen’s graduation is known for creative garb! You can order a cap and gown through the bookstore.

Use the hashtag

Use the hashtag #EvergreenGrad wherever you use social media and we may feature your photos and posts on the big screen during the event.