Congratulations Class of 2020!

Graduation is a time of celebration for all that you have accomplished and we want to make it a special moment for you. However, due to restrictions to group size and the need to reduce disease transmission, we'll be hosting Commencement virtually for the Fall 2020 semester. We know this is extra challenging, as you’ll want to celebrate in person with those closest to you. But, as in all of our actions over the last six months of the pandemic, we’ll pivot and make the best of each day. All of us at Fort Lewis College are honored to celebrate with you virtually.   

Learn more about Virtual Graduation and how to submit your personal video!
Students approved as candidates for degree completion

Cap and Gown, Alumni T-Shirt, and Mug

Graduating students will pick up their cap and gown, Fort Lewis College alumni t-shirt, and mug at the Countdown to Graduation Drive-Through Event on Thursday, November 12, 2020 (Drop-in 12 - 2 p.m.) at the Softball Complex Parking Lot. Walk-throughs are welcome, too!

What's the difference between graduation and Commencement?

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 not generally complete until about 6-8 weeks after the semester has ended.

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. Participating in Commencement is sometimes called "walking", which refers to tradition of walking across the stage to be recognized for your achievement.  

  • “Walking”-- participating in Commencement -- is strictly ceremonial, and does NOT guarantee that a degree will be awarded. A student becomes a graduate only once they have successfully completed the requirements of their degree program and their degree is conferred by the Registrar's Office. 

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 Fall 2020 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.

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"