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Commencement Information

Faculty Information

WSU Health Sciences Spokane Commencement Postponement & Virtual Celebration

Given the current prohibition against large gatherings in the state of Washington in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, traditional commencement ceremonies cannot be held on any of the WSU campuses as scheduled for early May 2020.  Washington State University leadership made this decision with careful consideration and recognize this situation is not what our graduates envisioned for their respective commencement.

WSU Spokane Vice President and Chancellor, Daryll DeWald, is committed to a meaningful commencement exercise and to recognizing the significant accomplishments of our graduates both on-line and in-person.

WSU will host an on-line system-wide commencement celebration on May 9, 2020.  WSU Health Sciences Spokane is currently working on details in conjunction with WSU, in which all graduates will be recognized and participate in this virtual celebration.  As details continue to be worked out, please know that we plan to recognize each individual student.  All graduates will receive communication and information on this virtual commencement plan from Student Affairs once details are finalized.

WSU Pullman is also planning an in-person commencement ceremony in August 2020.  WSU Health Sciences Spokane is yet to determine if a Spokane in-person ceremony would take place in August.  To help guide us in this decision, please click here to share whether this is something you would attend.  Spokane graduates would also have the opportunity to attend the in-person ceremony in Pullman.

We continue to appreciate the understanding and unwavering commitment to WSU as we remain focused on keeping Coug Nation safe during this ever-changing environment.

Please check this site regularly for ongoing updates with both the virtual commencement ceremony and the proposed in person ceremony in August.

Questions, contact Jason Trosine at

Below are some reminders and instructions for the WSU Health Sciences Spokane Commencement Ceremony on May 8th at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

What time should you arrive?
  • Hooders need to arrive by 1:30 PM
  • Platform Party, including faculty, Dignitaries and respected guests need to arrive by 1:30PM for the line-up.
  • Don’t forget your regalia. WSU regalia is available to order here: Form The deadline for Faculty to order regalia is Friday, March 27, 2020.
Where do I check-in?
  • Faculty and Dignitaries will be in TBD.
  • WSU Regents will be in TBD.
How do I get to the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena?
  • If you drive, you may park at the Veterans Memorial Arena parking lot at your own expense.
  • If you would rather walk, it is a lovely 20-25 min walk via the Centennial Trail and North thru Riverfront Park.
What time will the ceremony end?

Approximately 4PM.

How many graduates are attending?

We anticipate about 200 students will attend the ceremony.

Staff Information

All staff are welcome to attend the Commencement ceremony as guests or volunteers.

The Commencement Committee relies on volunteers to help the event run smoothly. Staff who would like to volunteer at the ceremony should fill out the staff RSVP. Student Affairs will contact volunteers with further instructions and job duties.

Staff may attend ceremony as a guest and do not need to RSVP or notify Student Affairs.


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