Graduation & Commencement

Evergreen's 2021 Commencement will take place virtually on Friday, June 11.

2021 Graduation program

2021 Commencement Program (PDF)

2021 Text Only Commencement Program (PDF)

Welcome and Dedication 

George S. Bridges, Ph.D., President, presiding

Trustees' Welcome 

Karen Fraser, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Speaker 

Tay Zonday '04

Graduation Address

Faculty Speakers Ruth Hayes and Laurie Meeker, Undergraduate Student Speaker Hailey Salazar '21, Graduate Student Speaker Benjamin Feldbush '19 & '21

2021 Commencement Speaker Bios

Presentation of the Candidates 

David McAvity, Ph.D., Interim 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, Melinda Bratsch-Horsager ’20 & '22, Karen Fraser, Fred Goldberg, Irene Gonzales, David Nicandri, Miguel Pérez-Gibson ’89, and Ed Zuckerman ’77​

Deans: Kathleen Eamon, Karen Gaul, Marcia Tate Arunga, and Elizabeth Williamson

Program Directors & Assistant Directors: Averi Azar, Dawn Barron, and Michael Craw

2021 Candidates for Degrees

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).

About the ceremony

This year's commencement ceremony will take place virtually. The webcast event will include remarks from commencement speakers and honorees and performances by musicians. We will broadcast the event from this page on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 1 pm.

This annual celebration is open to all students graduating during the 2020–2021 academic year, including summer quarter.

While this year’s event differs in many ways from our traditional ceremony, we are building a celebration that brings our community together to honor the class of 2021.

In addition to the main ceremony, there are a number of additional graduation celebrations happening this week, including the Tacoma Graduation.

Regalia, printed programs

Graduates who applied to graduate no later than April 1st will receive mortar boards, tassels, diploma covers, printed programs (arriving separately), and other memorabilia by mail, delivered the week of commencement. We expect boxes to arrive no later than Wednesday, June 9th.

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!

Graduation, commencement, and diplomas

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.

Diplomas will be mailed to you 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 registration@evergreen.edu.