Graduation & Commencement
About the Ceremony
The Olympia commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, June 16th, 2023 at 1 pm, outdoors and in person on Red Square at the Olympia campus. You can also watch the entire ceremony online. The streaming link will be made available the week of commencement.
Event Details for June 16
Plan to line-up for the commencement processional at 12:15-12:30 pm. See this map (PDF).
When the ceremony begins, faculty will lead the procession along the path highlighted by the black arrow to the designated seating area for graduates. Once all graduates are seated, the speakers will begin. After the speakers have delivered their speeches, beginning with the graduate programs, the graduates will be invited to cross the stage. After all graduate students have crossed the stage, undergraduate students will be invited to cross the stage.
Arrive early for best seating and parking.
This annual celebration is open to all students graduating during the 2022–2023 academic year, including summer quarter.
Students may invite any number of friends and family to the ceremony; tickets are not required to attend. Masks are welcome but not required.
Graduates of 2020 & 2021
You are welcome to walk in the 2023 commencement. To sign up visit our participation form.
All graduates are required to have a “Check in Card” in order to cross the stage to receive their diplomas. You will be able to check in and pick up your Check in Card Monday through Thursday of commencement week in front of the CAB building and on Red Square the day of the ceremony, June 16.
Regalia, printed programs, photos
Graduates who apply to graduate by April 14th have their name in the printed program.
Come to the Bookstore for graduation regalia, snacks, greener gear, and more! Orders can be placed online for free in-store pickup or just stop by on commencement day.
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, please visit the Greener Bookstore!
A professional photographer will take photos of each graduate at two points on the stage and after they cross the stage. Please avoid taking pictures near the stage exit ramp, as this blocks the views for people seated near that area.
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 be listed in the commencement program.
If you have questions about your diploma or transcript, or need confirmation of your degree for grad school or work, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about the ceremony itself, please email GraduationOffice@evergreen.edu.