Commencement (Sept. 4-6, 2020)


Gonzaga Tassels Will Turn Logo 2020

2020 Commencement Rescheduled to September 4 - 6 (Labor Day Weekend)

Please see President McCulloh's announcement message to students.

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Ceremony Schedule

Friday, September 4

The Commencement Schedule lists special events in addition to the main ceremonies. 

Saturday, September 5

All Events in McCarthey Athletic Center; doors open 1 hour before each event

9:00-10:30am – Law Ceremony
Reception at Law School until 11:30am

12:00-2:00pm – Graduate Ceremony
Reception on Quad Lawn until 3:30pm

4:00-5:30pm – Commencement Mass
Meets Sunday obligation and all faiths are welcome
Students lineup in Martin Centre Gym at 3:30pm in gown and hood (no cap, no accessories)

Sunday, September 6

9:30am-12:30pm – Undergraduate Ceremony
Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena -
doors open at 8:30am
Reception on Campus on Quad Lawn until 2:00pm
Return rental attire to the Zag Shop Bookstore no later than 5:00pm


Commencement is Not Graduation

All students graduating in the calendar year are invited to join the one annual celebration event - Commencement.  Graduation is the completion of studies resulting in a diploma, and commencement is our acknowledgement of this academic achievement, including graduation GPA honors for undergraduate students. Students wear a rental attire set, with a keeper cap and tassel (doctoral students can purchase if desired).   

Tickets and Guests 

Student Floor Seating Plans will be announced by August 14, and undergraduate (senior) students will use their student ID in an online system to obtain up to 8 guest tickets for the ceremony at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, with help for choosing the best possible view based upon which side the student will cross the stage.  Selection options will include accessibility seats (which are not located in general seating, so they will be a distance from the party).  The email confirmation of assigned seats can be forwarded to guests/families by the student.

The Law and Graduate ceremonies, and Commencement Mass, do not require tickets, and there are no guest limits for these events.  Other celebration events for special groups are generally by-invite only and may limit the number of guests and/or require a ticket purchase.  


To Learn More, Contact Angela Ruff, Manager of Academic Events

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