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Recent graduates invited back for fall commencement

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Washington State University is inviting students who graduated during the pandemic to return this month and be celebrated in-person for their accomplishments.

Both the classes of 2020 and 2021 will have an opportunity to walk across the stage inside Beasley Coliseum and receive their diplomas Saturday, Dec. 11 at WSU Pullman. Eligible students from the Class of 2021 will be honored at 10 a.m., followed by a ceremony for the Class of 2020 and this year’s spring graduates at 1:30 p.m.

Students from all WSU campuses are eligible to participate in fall commencement in Pullman.

The event is free and open to the public. The proceedings will be livestreamed on the Experience WSU website. Details on parking and other information can be found on the WSU Commencement website.

All graduates and guests age 12 and older must provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours of arrival. The test must be an FDA-approved PCR or antigen test conducted at a health center or pharmacy. Screening testing will not be available on site or at Cougar Health Services.

Masks must be worn at all times inside campus facilities or at any outdoor events with more than 500 attendees.

With far more students eligible to attend fall commencement ceremonies this year, the university is in need of volunteers to assist visitors to Beasley. Members of the WSU community willing to donate their time are asked to contact Sarah Mahaffy at or email

On Dec. 10, the Courtyard Marriot Ballroom in Pullman will host the Fall 2021 Multicultural Graduation Ceremony. The event will also be live-streamed on the Office of Multicultural Student Services website.

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