WSU Spring Commencement Instruction
College of Business, College of Communication, and College of Education
College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, College of Engineering and Architecture, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, and College of Veterinary Medicine
College of Arts and Sciences
Baccalaureate degree candidates will assemble outside on the paved road (North Fairway Lane) east of the coliseum at 7:30 a.m, 11:00 a.m, or 2:30 p.m for their respective college ceremony. Look for your department signs within the college assembly areas.
In case of inclement weather (heavy rains), candidates will be directed into the coliseum by commencement ushers.
Traditional caps and gowns are recommended. Those being commissioned as an officer in the ROTC program are given the choice to wear their uniform or a cap and gown. If you choose to not rent a cap and gown you must contact the Commencement Office to register to walk firstname.lastname@example.org or (509) 335-6674.
Attend the Grad Fair, Wednesday or Thursday, March 20th and 21st from 9am to 5pm, at the Alumni Center. Contact the Bookie @ 800-937-4978 or (509) 332-2537 or email@example.com. At the Grad Fair you will be able to confirm that you have applied to graduate, register to walk in the ceremony, pick up your cap and gown, order announcements, purchase diploma frames or school rings, join the Alumnni Association, and much more. The rental costs are as follows: Bachelor's $47.94, Master's $74.92 and Doctoral $97.00.
If you are unable to attend the Grad Fair you may order your cap and gown directly on-line at https://secure.jostensonline.com/wsu/ beginning Friday, March 22nd through April 12th. The costs will increase to include shipping. Contact the Bookie if you have questions.
April 12, 2013 is the last day to order a cap and gown and therefore THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO WALK.
All on-line orders recieved will be sent to the commencement coordinator for automatic registration in the Pullman ceremony. You will receive a confirmation notice to your WSU email via ZZUsis when your registration is complete.
All rentals must be returned to the Bookie or the Bookie II by 6PM on Saturday, May 4, 2013.
Male Candidates remove academic caps during the posting of the colors and national anthem.
Tassels are to be worn on the right side for all graduates.
All candidates will receive a card (yellow for undergraduates, burgundy for graduates) and a pencil when seated. Your name will be read aloud from this card as you receive your diploma cover. Print your name, degree and address (for picture purposes) legibly. Please add the phonetic spelling unless pronunciation of your name is obvious.
After the doctoral and masters candidates are seated, baccalaureate degree candidates will be ushered forward in single file on both sides of the floor and hand the reader the yellow name card. After the reader reads the name, candidates will proceed forward to receive the diploma cover from the college dean. The candidates will turn and walk down the center aisle to shake hands with President Floyd and others and will return to their seating via the center aisle.
Image Studios of Moscow will take a photo of each graduate receiving his/her hood and diploma cover, as well as a still shot with a WSU backdrop. A proof will be mailed to each graduate and photos may be viewed online here. Photos and DVDs may be purchased online, by mail at PO Box 9699, Moscow, ID, 83843, or by calling 208-882-5594. Only official photographers will be allowed on the floor with the graduates. Personal pictures of graduates in caps and gowns may be taken after the ceremony.
The processional is predominantly flat, but if you require accomodations please contact Teri Hansen, Commencement Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (509) 335-6674 for special assembly instructions.
General university commencement guests who have a disability or difficulty walking will find easier access if they enter the Coliseum through the north entrance off Orchard Drive, where you will find handicap parking and a drop off area. This will place the guest on the concourse level at sections 30-31-32. Handicap parking is available all around the coliseum. Limited seating is set aside in the first three rows of seating from the concourse level. We ask those who utilize this area to limit the number of family and friends that sit with them to 3 individuals. This will provide adequate seating for all who attend. The coliseum does have wheelchair access seating available but will not have wheelchairs available. Wheelchairs, walkers and other aids that will not be in use during the ceremony, should be labeled with personal identification and will be placed in a storage area near your seats. This is required by law for emergency purposes. Ask a commencement usher for assistance. Real time captioning will be used during all ceremonies.
Important Undergraduate Information
After the final grades have been checked for spring semester, any student who has not completed all requirements will be sent a deficiency letter, mailed to their permanent address. The final date for clearing all requirements for May is June 7, 2013. Diplomas will be mailed in at the end of June to your permanent address. Questions: contact the Registrar's Office at (509) 335-9506.
Remember to change your address through the zzusis portal at my.wsu.edu, or in person at the Payroll Office, French Administration 236. Unlisted restrictions will need to be removed in writing through WSU Payroll Serivces, PO Box 641024, Pullman, WA 99164-1024.
If you intend to re-enroll this fall for a second bachelor's degree or teaching certificate, obtain the application through your department.
If you intend to re-enroll for graduate work, contact the Graduate School, French Administration 324, (509) 335-1446.