Graduation & Commencement

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

Apply to Graduate by April 1st!

Graduates who apply to graduate no later than April 1st will receive mortar boards, tassels, diploma covers, printed programs, and other memorabilia by mail. You can still apply to graduate after this date to receive your diploma, but your ability to participate in the virtual ceremony will be limited.

Commencement 2021

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.

Help plan your ceremony!

Students at all levels and programs eligible to graduate during the 2020-21 academic year are welcomed to participate in the Commencement Planning Committee. This committee helps select the guest speaker, student speakers and emcee, and the ceremony theme.

The committee is expected to meet at least three times between now and the end of May, for 1-2 hours at a time. The vast majority of work of committee members will take place within scheduled meeting times, and any additional time commitment will come in the form of responding to surveys or providing feedback on proposed materials.

Students interested in participating in the committee should email us at

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.

Regalia and printed programs

Graduates who apply to graduate no later than April 1st will receive 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!

Receiving your diploma

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

2020 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)