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2021 Ceremony - Live Stream Event!

College of Western Idaho's 12th Commencement ceremony live stream begins Friday, May 14 at 6 p.m.!

Celebrate with us in recognition of this year’s degree, certificate, GED, and Workforce Development apprenticeship graduates.

Want to join us on social media? The event is also streaming on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

2021 Commencement Program               View Self-Guided Ceremony

  • The Difference Between Graduation and Commencement

    Graduation is receiving a degree or certificate from College of Western Idaho. A student graduates by 1) completing all degree or certificate requirements, and 2) completing a graduation application.

    Commencement is the graduation ceremony - a celebration of the graduate’s accomplishments. Students are encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony.  Participation in the ceremony does not guarantee graduation. Therefore, it is important to meet with your student success advisor and review your program evaluation to confirm you are on track to graduate.

  • Applying for Graduation

    Students MUST complete an Application for Graduation. Click the button below to apply now!

     Graduation Application 

    Please review the important dates below pertaining to your application for graduation.

    **Students application MUST be submitted by April 1, 2021 in order for their name to be included in the Commencement program

    Summer Application Dates:

    • Available: Jan. 1
    • Priority Date: May 14
    • Closing Date: Term End Date

    Fall Application Dates:

    • Available: Jan. 1
    • Priority Date: July 10
    • Closing Date: Term End Date

    Spring Application Dates:

    • Available: Aug. 1
    • Priority Date: Dec. 4
    • Closing Date: Term End Date

    Available Date: Students have access to apply for graduation through the Graduation Overview tab in student planning.

    Priority Date: Students who submit their application on or prior to this date are guaranteed a review prior to the first day of the semester they intend to graduate.

    Closing Date: This is the last date students can submit their application for graduation electronically.  Any student wishing to apply after this date for the current or prior term must complete section 2 of the Graduation Petition form.

  • Degree Posting and Diplomas

    The process of awarding degrees begins the week after grades are final. This process takes at least 3-4 weeks. Once awarding is complete, the degree or certificate information is available on your transcript. Be sure to select “After Degree is Posted” when ordering an official transcript from College of Western Idaho.  This will ensure the degree has been posted before the transcript is sent.

    Diplomas are mailed to the address you provided on your application and you should receive them approximately 5-7 business days from the time CWI places the order. You will receive an email from CWI's third party vendor once the diploma order has been placed.

    The Diploma Reorder Form is used to order replacement diplomas. You should not use this form if something was wrong with your original diploma, i.e. name, degree, etc. In the event that something was incorrect on your original diploma, contact One Stop Student Services.

    Ordering Official Transcripts Diploma Reorder Form

  • Participation Eligibility - Commencement

    Associate Degree and Certificate Students

    Students who will earn a degree or certificate during the 2020-2021 academic year ( Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021) AND have applied for graduation are eligible to participate in the May 2021 commencement ceremony. 

    GED Students

    Students who have attended our Adult Education program and have successfully completed all portions of the GED exam by March 1, 2021 are eligible to participate in the May 2021 commencement ceremony.

    Apprenticeship Students

    Students who are in their 4th year or who have successfully completed all 4 years of the apprenticeship program are eligible to participate in the May 2021 commencement ceremony.

  • Cap and Gown/Announcements

    Graduation caps, gowns, and tassels are available for purchase online at the bookstore. The cost is $28.00 + tax (includes cap, gown and tassel). Eligible students may purchase an honor cord in addition to regalia. Honor cords sell for $10.00 + tax.

     Announcements and Class Rings

  • Graduation Honors

    Honor cords are available for purchase for $10.00 + tax.

    Degree candidates who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance with a minimum institutional grade point average of 3.50 are academically distinguished at the Commencement Ceremony. Eligible students can purchase an honor cord at the bookstore. This is based on the students institutional GPA as of fall 2020. You can find more information on graduation honors.

  • Accommodations

    The virtual ceremony will be accessible for all! If you have any questions or concerns regarding accommodations, please notify CWI at or Chad Trisler at by Friday, April 30.

    We are happy to accommodate you, and look forward to working with you.

Graduate News and Blogs

"Because of CWI, I am in a position to give back to my community and be a role model to those around me."

"Because of CWI, I was able to return to college as a non-traditional student having been out of high school for a decade, find my passion, make wonderful friends, gain influential mentors, and successfully graduate with honors and two science degrees."

Congratulations, 2021 graduates! Gather your family and friends, decorate your car, and plan to join us for this year’s Grad Fest, Thursday, May 13.

Join us for College of Western Idaho’s 2021 commencement ceremony, Friday, May 14, live on the College's Live Events page.

College of Western Idaho will honor and celebrate 2021 graduates with a virtual commencement ceremony

“It is never too late to say YES, chase your dreams, and begin your journey of self‐fulfillment. Because of CWI, I am a college graduate."

Join us June 17 or 18 for Grab Fest, a curbside pick-up event celebrating our 2020 graduating class!

College of Western Idaho to celebrate class of 2020 during their first-ever virtual commencement ceremony Friday, June 19. 

2020 Nursing graduates were honored during the College's Essential Nursing Pinning Ceremony May 16.

Law Enforcement students celebrate graduation with family and friends during a ceremony on May 16.

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Need More Info?

For more information on commencement or if you have questions please contact:

One Stop Student Services at 208.562.3000 or e-mail