2016 WGU Washington Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The KeyArena

Seattle, Washington

We are very excited to bring the event back to downtown Seattle and will be in touch with a formal invitation and other commencement-related details in the coming months.

Here is a quick run-down of our WAComm16 (C16 for short) timeline for deadlines and other information:

  • Early October 2016 – WGU WA Commencement 2016 website goes live with information for all things WA Commencement, including participation guidelines and FAQs
  • December 10, 2015 – Ceremony registration opens for all participants
  • February 19, 2016 – Records begins review of Exemption Requests
  • March 14, 2016 - Student Speaker Application Deadline
  • April 1, 2016 - Cap and Gown Order Deadline (for all: Grads, Faculty and Stage Party)
  • April 1, 2016 – Ceremony RSVP Deadline (for all: Grads, Faculty and Stage Party)
  • April 15, 2016 – Pre-Commencement Ceremony Mentor Mixer – W Hotel, Seattle at 7pm
  • April 16, 2016 – WA Commencement 2016 at 10am!

Beyond your participation in the ceremony, we encourage you to join the conversation online to share your experience with your classmates, friends, and family. Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Follow @WGUWashington for updates and use the hashtag #WGUWA16 to share your own thoughts and photos about your commencement experience.

  • Keep an eye out for commencement-focused content from the WGU Washington’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts and subscribe to our blog, where we will post about commencement related activities and information on the class of 2015-16.

  • Tell us when you arrive at the ceremony with a tweet like this:
    • Thrilled to be walking today at @WGUWashington commencement! #WGUWA16

  • Interested in a livestream of the ceremony for family and friends? On Saturday, April 16 at 10am PT, WGU Washington will provide a link to watch the ceremony in real time. Tell your friends and family to follow #WGUWA16 to see the livestream.


The 2016 WGU Washington Commencement program book will automatically include names of those who graduated from May 3, 2015 - April 16, 2016. The records department compiles this list of graduate names from processed graduation applications. Those who graduate after April 16th will be published in the next commencement book. 



Register for the WGU Alumni Community to ensure you receive the latest commencement ceremony information.


Review the commencement ceremony participation guidelines to find out if you are eligible to walk in the upcoming commencement ceremony. If you have any questions or would like to discussion your participation eligibility, please contact wacommencement@wgu.edu.


Graduation Application
Graduating students who have completed all their degree program requirements need to apply for graduation. Please speak to your mentor about the graduation application process.


Please complete the ceremony RSVP form to indicate your participation in the commencement ceremony and to generate your name card for the stage announcer.

If you are in your final courses or completing your Demonstration Teaching or Clinical Experience, you will need to submit an exemption request to the Records Office in order to participate in commencement. Please entitle your exemption email "Commencement Ceremony Participation Request." If your participation is approved, Records will send you instructions for registering.

Important: You will need to know your 9-digit student ID to complete the commencement ceremony RSVP form. If you do not remember your student ID or username, please contact commencement@wgu.edu or 1-866-895-9660 ext. 3119.


Place your cap and gown order.


Review your commencement guidebook.


Complete our graduate survey.


RSVP for the graduate & faculty mixer.

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