Things to Know

All students completing a degree (graduating) in the calendar year are welcome to participate in the one annual celebration event we have each year -- Commencement.   There are two steps for being able to join the ceremony: 

  1. students must apply to graduate with a degree term in the calendar year, and        
  2. students are required to purchase rental ceremony attire by July 31 due to the recent rescheduling of the ceremonies from May to September.
 

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.  

 

The vendor for UNDERGRADUATE, MASTERS, and LAW attire is Herff Jones. The site has reopened with a new deadline date of July 31 to accommodate the rescheduled ceremony dates in September.  Orders will arrive in about 20 days, and can be returned with pre-paid postage.  If student is attending the September ceremony, they should bring the attire set with them, and return the gown and hood at the Zag Shop after the event.  The cap and tassel are keepsakes.

DOCTORAL STUDENTS – The Jostens order site will re-open soon, given our schedule change for the ceremony dates in September.  Custom purchase gowns (about $1,000) are shipped to the student.  Rental sets of all items -- gown, tam, and hood (about $125) can be picked up in the Zag Shop beginning Thursday, September 3 after 1pm, and returned by 5pm on Saturday, September 5 to the Zag Shop.  

 

 

 

Diplomas are not provided at Commencement, as it is a celebratory event.  Diplomas are mailed from the Registrar within a couple months after the student's graduation date, and sent to the designated mailing address on Zagweb.  Contact the Degree Evaluation Office with questions about diplomas.  Link to the Degree Office is here.

 

 

For the ceremony, Latin honors for undergraduates are determined based on their final Fall 2019 semester GPA.  We use this benchmark because not all courses submit mid-term grades for Spring, and final grades for Spring are due after commencement.  See this link for details regarding Honors.

If eligible to wear a cord at the ceremony, the student can retrieve one at attire pickup in the Zag Shop, beginning September 3, and the cord is their gift to keep.


If a student achieves Latin honors at the point of graduation, the transcript and diploma is updated, accordingly. 

 

Cords and pins from honor societies are approved ceremony accessories. These are provided by the advisor, sometimes at a celebration event organized by the group.  

 

Unfortunately, ceremony gowns are only intended for rental and cannot be purchased, except for doctoral students.  The cap or tam and tassel that come with the gown sets are keepsakes, and do not need to be returned after commencement.

 

If you would like to purchase a general/custom attire set or just a hood, please email Howard Byrd at hbyrd@herffjones.com.

 

Doctoral students can choose to rent or purchase the ceremony gown from Jostens.  Please contact Angela Ruff at ruff@gonzaga.edu or 509-313-3572 for details.

 

Both degrees are acknowledged at commencement at the stage moment.  The student is invited to choose which degree is primary for attire and seating.