Steps to Graduation

Steps to Graduation

Congratulations! You're almost done - simply follow the steps to receive your degree.


Check Your Degree Audit

Check your degree audit with Degree Works to ensure you are on track to complete all necessary courses. Have all substitutions marked. If you have any X, Y, or XC grades, you will need to contact your instructor to get these changed before the end of your graduating term. Any X, Y, or XC grades remaining at the end of intended graduating term will result in the rejection of the graduation application for that term.


Apply to Graduate

This application is an indication by the student that all university requirements will be met by the graduation date of the selected term. Applications are only rejected if all coursework and program requirements have not been met by the end of the indicated graduating term. Once your graduation application has been submitted it will be viewable via EagleNET and Degree Works. Previously submitted graduation applications can be viewed on your EagleNET account. Click the “Student” tab, then click the “Student Records” tab, then see “View Previously Submitted Graduation Applications.” Your graduation status will also be viewable on your Degree Works audit.

A) Apply to Graduate: Deadlines for Graduate Level Students*
If you are an online accelerated student, select the quarter in which your final session occurs. (Example: if final session is Spring I, then select “Spring Quarter.”)

In order to be eligible for your degree, you will need to pay all outstanding fees and apply to graduate. To apply for graduation, log into EagleNET. Under your ‘Student Record’ tab click Apply to Graduate.

  • If graduating in fall quarter, apply by August 18, 2023. (Deadline has passed.)
  • If graduating in fall semester, apply by July 28, 2023. (Deadline has passed.)
  • If graduating in winter quarter, apply by December 8, 2023.
  • If graduating in spring semester, apply by December 15, 2023.
  • If graduating in spring quarter, apply by March 22, 2024.
  • If graduating in summer semester, apply by May 3, 2024.
  • If graduating in summer quarter, apply by June 14, 2024.

*If you want your name in the 2023-2024 Commencement Bulletin, please read Step 4 below.

B) Pay your $53 Graduation Fee** and any outstanding account fees on EagleNET

You will not receive your diploma until all account fees have been paid.

**If you are an online accelerated student, please contact Graduate Programs Office at if you see this Graduation Fee. If you have already paid this fee, please contact Student Financial Services at for a refund.


Prepare Your Defense

If you are in a program with a comprehensive evaluation that requires a defense, you will need to fill out the Third Committee Member Request form found below. Third committee member assignments are only sent to you the quarter you defend, and after you have applied to graduate. Once you have your third member you will need to fill out and complete a TRA (Terminal Research Approval) Form* and submit it via email to the Graduate Programs Office ( 

*incomplete forms will be immediately sent back to the student. It is the student’s responsibility to completely fill out the form and to acquire the proper signatures. 

Third Committee Member Request Form

Reasons Your Graduation May Be Delayed:

If your expected program completion time is delayed until the next term, you must wait to take your final comprehensive examination until your final term.

If you have passed your final comprehensive examination, but still have not satisfied outstanding degree requirements two weeks after the end of the term, you will be moved to the next term for graduation.



Congratulations! For dates of the ceremony, information on ordering caps and gowns, and diplomas watch for an email from the Commencement Team or check the EWU Commencement page for updates.

If you would like your name to be in the 2023-2024 Commencement Bulletin*, you must apply to graduate (Step 2) before 15 March 2024.

*Graduate Certificate students are not included in the commencement bulletin as commencement only recognizes students who have earned baccalaureate, master’s, professional, or doctoral degrees.


Receive Your Diploma/Certificate

After all Grad Office requirements, academic program department requirements, and financial obligations to the institution have been met, then your diploma and/or certificate will be sent to the address you submitted in your graduation application. Diplomas and certificates will be shipped out at the end of each term* after all students have been awarded their degree.

*Online accelerated students who finish during session one will not receive their diploma/certificate until the end of the full term