mortarboardPULLMAN, Wash. – About 765 students are expected to participate in the free, public fall commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Beasley Coliseum at Washington State University. Tickets are not required for the two-hour event.


schnitzer-80Some 3,000 friends, family members and students are expected to attend. Philanthropist Jordan D. Schnitzer will be the speaker; he will receive an honorary degree of doctor of fine arts. WSU President Elson S. Floyd will confer degrees.

Fall graduates from the regional campuses may participate in the Pullman ceremony or may wait until spring ceremonies at their respective campuses.

The ceremony can be viewed live on Cable 8 on the Pullman/Albion, Wash., cable TV system and online at The videostream will be archived for later viewing at the same website.

Guests are encouraged to park at the Lewis Alumni Centre. Decorated for the holidays, the center offers photo opportunities for graduates and families.

A free shuttle between the coliseum and the center will operate 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For details, including disability parking and the shuttle route map, see

Facebook and Twitter accounts will post information throughout the ceremony. Students and families are encouraged to share their pictures at:
Twitter:; @WSUGraduation

Schnitzer is the Portland, Ore.-based president of Harsch Investment Properties, a regional real estate acquisition, development and management company started by his father and mother in 1950.

He has created one of the nation’s largest collections of contemporary fine art prints and has provided some of the works for exhibits at the Museum of Art/WSU. In 2013, he donated $5 million toward building a new museum. Read more at

Learn more about fall commencement at


Teri Hansen, WSU commencement coordinator, 509-335-2531, or