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Thousands of WSU graduates being honored during virtual commencement

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PULLMAN, Wash. – More than 4,800 students are graduating across the Washington State University system this spring and will be recognized during the Virtual Spring Celebration.

Additionally, hundreds of students who graduated in December and those who are expected to graduate this summer also will be honored as part of the virtual commencement ceremony that premieres at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 8 and available to watch online. WSU’s virtual celebration website also includes video clips shared by graduating students.

In addition to the systemwide event, WSU’s five physical campuses across the state are hosting events for their graduating classes.



More than 2,800 WSU Pullman students are expected to graduate this spring. That includes more than 2,400 undergraduates as well as approximately 340 graduate students earning masters and doctoral degrees and more than 120 students from the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Hundreds of WSU Pullman graduates and their families participated in the May 1 drive-thru celebration on campus with faculty, staff and special guests gathered along the route.

Media Contact:
Phil Weiler, vice president for marketing and communications, 509-595-1708,



Across two days of events, more than 400 WSU Health Science Spokane students will graduate, including the inaugural class of physicians from the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

The College of Medicine hosted a virtual celebration May 6. The event was followed by a drive-thru ceremony from students and their family members at noon.

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will honor its graduates May 7 with a drive-thru ceremony on the Spokane campus beginning at 9 a.m.

The College of Nursing is scheduled to host its drive-thru ceremony for graduates and their families at 1 p.m. May 7.

Media Contact:
Kevin Dudley, communications coordinator, 509‑358‑7528,



More than 600 students from WSU Vancouver are on track to graduate this spring.

The campus is hosting its drive-thru graduation celebration from 1-4:30 p.m. May 8. Graduates will be able to pick up their diploma covers and celebrate their accomplishments as part of the distanced event.

More than 1,000 WSU Vancouver students, including fall and summer graduates, are eligible to participate in the campus’ spring commencement, including 914 bachelor’s degree awardees, 72 master’s degree recipients and 32 doctoral candidates.

Media contact:
Brenda Alling, Office of Marketing and Communications, 360‑546‑9601,



More than 250 WSU Tri-Cities students have applied to graduate this semester.

The WSU Tri-Cities Drive-Thru Commencement Celebration is taking place from 1- 4 p.m. May 8. Longer wait times are expected earlier in the day, as participants make their way through the campus.

The total number eligible to participate in the campus commencement event climbs to nearly 400 with fall and summer graduates. That includes 348 bachelor’s degree students, 32 master’s students and 16 doctoral students.

Media Contact:
Maegan Murray, WSU Tri‑Cities director of marketing and communication, 619-403-3617



More than 70 students from WSU’s newest campus are earning their diplomas this spring

With fall and summer graduates, nearly 120 undergraduate students at WSU Everett are eligible to participate in the campus’ grad bag pick-up event, which runs from noon to 4 p.m. More information is available on WSU Everett’s website.

Media Contact:
Randy Bolerjack, director for communications and public relations, 206‑313‑8668,


Global Campus

WSU Global expects to graduate more than 450 students this spring. In celebration of its graduating students, Global is using social media to shine a spotlight on several outstanding Cougs. The campus has also partnered with ASWSU Global to send out graduation gift packages to the graduates.

Media Contact:
Jeff Willadsen, communications coordinator, 509-335-9809,

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