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Health-first mindset results in commencement cancellation

It is with much sadness and regret that we let you know we have decided to cancel the in-person commencement ceremonies scheduled at all of our campuses later this summer.

This is not a choice that any of us wanted to make. It was a decision not easily made nor quickly reached. But in consideration of the state’s COVID-19 guidelines for resuming group activities and our own abundance of caution in protecting the health and safety of the entire Cougar community, we feel it is the right decision.

Please join us in once again congratulating our 2020 spring semester graduates. They displayed an amazing fortitude and ability to adapt to challenging conditions.

We will continue to update this commencement page with any new details.

If we are able, WSU Spokane and all WSU campuses will encourage all 2020 graduates to attend a commencement ceremony in December 2020, in conjunction with the traditional Winter Commencement ceremonies that take place in Pullman.

commencement program
Click to read this year’s commencement program

All Campus Virtual Celebration – WATCH HERE

The Class of 2020 celebrated its college experience with a first-ever online celebration. The event honored graduates at all WSU locations. Graduates marked the culmination of their academic journey with family and friends, faculty and staff. Together, the University community celebrates their outstanding achievements. #CougGrad

WSU Health Sciences Spokane Graduate Video Presentation – WATCH HERE

This special videos showcases each WSU Health Sciences Spokane graduate by college/degree. There is a separate video for the College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Medicine’s Speech and Hearing Sciences/Nutrition & Exercise Physiology and the College of Education. You can also search for individual and a personalized clip from each graduate. It also includes congratulations messages from our administration. Feel free to share this link with friends and family.

Graduation In A Box!

All Spokane campus graduates received a “Graduation in a Box.” This box included celebratory items as well as a cap and tassel, honor cords and a Commencement 2020 program with all graduates names and degrees. Please enjoy this complimentary gift to you on behalf of WSU Health Sciences Spokane.

If you have questions regarding commencement celebrations, reach out to Heather Byrd at 509-358-7586 or or Jason Trosine at 509-358-7530 or