Congratulations Class of 2022!

FLC graduating senior at commencement, holding his diploma

Graduation is a time of celebration for all that you have accomplished and we want to make it a special moment for you. We know how important this graduation ceremony is for you, your family, and your friends. While the pandemic still creates some challenges, we hope Commencement will help you mark this transition into the next phase of your life.

We are ecstatic to be able to offer an in-person commencement ceremony for Spring 2022 graduates. Please ensure that your travel plans are refundable in case something out of our control (e.g. COVID-19 or foul weather) forces a cancellation.


Spring 2022 Commencement

Details

Date: May 14th, 2022
Time: 9 a.m. for all majors
Location: Ray Dennison Memorial Stadium

Join us after the ceremony for a reception to connect with faculty and staff!  More details coming.

COVID precautions

In the spirit of hosting a fun ceremony that still meets the safety measures established by public health officials, and knowing that COVID-19 may cause us to alter these plans, here's the idea: 

  • Guests and graduates will be required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status.  
  • Each graduate will be permitted ONLY FIVE GUESTS. The event will be ticketed, and this rule will be strictly enforced.  
  • The ceremony will be live-streamed, as always, so friends and families who can’t attend in person can tune in to watch on Facebook at facebook.com/fortlewis.  

Due to pandemic restrictions: 

  • Both graduates and guests will need to self-assess for COVID symptoms and verbally assert that they are symptom-free. Anyone with COVID symptoms should not attend the graduation ceremonies.
  • Masks will be required at all times when indoors on campus; 
  • Childcare will not be available.  

Student Robing

If you have questions about your graduation application, please check out the "Approved for Graduation?" section below.

Graduates should arrive at the Student Life Center by 8 a.m., dressed in cap and gown, to check in for commencement. Learn what to expect for your big day!


Tickets & more for your guests

Five guests per graduate

We know that limiting tickets to FIVE guests per graduate is challenging, but safety is still our primary goal. Paper tickets are reserved for each graduate, so getting there earlier or later doesn't change the availability of tickets. Lost tickets can not be replaced, so please keep them in a safe place.

Additional information on where to pick up your tickets and have your questions answered about Commencement will be coming.

Need additional tickets? Graduates who won't be using all of their tickets are welcome to share them with others. Ask your fellow classmates!

Children who sit on laps do not need a ticket.

Photos

Gradimages will be taking professional photos during the ceremony, which you may purchase. Families are also encouraged to take photos outside in the Clocktower area or at the reception following the ceremony. 


Commencement, walking & graduation

You’ll hear these words thrown around, often interchangeably, but they each mean something unique when we look a little closer.

Graduation

At FLC, you have not officially graduated until the Registrar confirms that you have completed all of your degree requirements and the College awards your degree. This process is generally complete 6-8 weeks after the semester ends.

Commencement

Commencement is the ceremony where we celebrate students who are graduating. Graduating students invite their friends and families, wear their caps and gowns, walk across the stage, shake hands with the College president, and celebrate.

Walking

Participating in Commencement is sometimes called walking, which refers to the tradition of walking across the stage to be recognized for your achievement. Walking is strictly ceremonial and does NOT guarantee that a degree will be awarded. A student becomes a graduate once they have successfully completed the requirements of their degree program and their degree is conferred by the Registrar’s office.


Ducks in a row?

Cap & gown, regalia, honors medals

The best place to get all of your Graduation needs met is at the Coundown to Graduation event. You'll be able to pick up your cap and gown, confirm your name for the graduation program and your mailing address for your diploma, and ask questions!

Countdown to Graduation
Ballroom, Student Union
Thursday, April 7th, 2022
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Regalia is given out by each department. Reach out to your department chair with any questions.

Approved for Graduation? 

You can check the status of your application for graduation on WebOPUS:

  • Log in to WebOPUS
  • Click "Student Services"
  • Click "Student Records"
  • Click "Advising Information"
    • Select the term during which you are intending to graduate
    • Your status will be listed under "Status of Application to Graduate"

Degree Conferral and Diplomas 

The Registrar’s Office will determine whether each student has fulfilled their degree requirements once final grades have been submitted and processed for the Spring 2022 semester. If you have completed your degree requirements, your final transcript and diploma will be mailed to you eight weeks AFTER the end of the semester (unless you have holds on your account).

If you have not completed all of your degree requirements, you will be notified by email.

Additional graduation questions?

Email commencement@fortlewis.edu!

Commencement, walking & graduation

You’ll hear these words thrown around, often interchangeably, but they each mean something unique when we look a little closer.

Graduation

At FLC, you have not officially graduated until the Registrar confirms that you have completed all of your degree requirements and the College awards your degree. This process is generally complete 6-8 weeks after the semester ends.

Commencement

Commencement is the ceremony where we celebrate students who are graduating. Graduating students invite their friends and families, wear their caps and gowns, walk across the stage, shake hands with the College president, and celebrate.

Walking

Participating in Commencement is sometimes called walking, which refers to the tradition of walking across the stage to be recognized for your achievement. Walking is strictly ceremonial and does NOT guarantee that a degree will be awarded. A student becomes a graduate once they have successfully completed the requirements of their degree program and their degree is conferred by the Registrar’s office.