Thousands of WSU graduates being honored at commencement

WSU graduate holding a diploma and waving during a commencement ceremony.
A student celebrates during WSU Pullman's spring commencement ceremony on May 7, 2022. This year, more than 4,400 students system-wide will be graduating. Photo by WSU Photo Services.

PULLMAN, Wash. — More than 4,400 students from across the Washington State University system are graduating this spring.

Commencement ceremonies honoring these students as well as the more than 2,000 Cougars who were awarded degrees at the conclusion of the fall 2022 semester will run May 4–13. Each physical campus as well as WSU Global Campus will host its own commencement events.

This spring’s graduating class includes nearly 3,500 undergraduates, 336 masters degree candidates, 241 PhD recipients, 69 medical doctors and 128 veterinarians.

“Spring is one of the most exciting times of the year in the WSU community, culminating with the graduation of exceptional Cougs who are wrapping up one chapter in their lives and beginning another,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz. “Whether they are continuing their educational journey or heading into the workforce, we are proud of all that our new graduates have accomplished and want them to know they will always be a part of the Cougar family.”

A list of commencement ceremonies happening across the WSU system is available below:

WSU Pullman

Approximately 2,860 WSU Pullman students are expected to complete their degrees this spring, with the largest portion being more than 2,300 undergraduates. Nearly 350 Cougs are on track to have their graduate degrees conferred at the conclusion of the semester.

WSU Pullman’s spring 2023 Commencement Ceremonies will be held at Beasley Coliseum on Saturday, May 6. Events begin at 8 a.m. with ceremonies for the College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences, the School of the Environment, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture and the College of Veterinary Medicine, with more college-specific ceremonies running through the afternoon.

More information on WSU Pullman commencement ceremonies is available online.

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

WSU Global Campus

WSU Global Campus will host a combined in-person and virtual commencement ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Delta Hotels Seattle in Everett. The event is open to all Cougs who graduated in the fall of 2022 as well as those graduating this spring and summer.

Nearly 540 WSU Global Campus students are graduating this spring, including 115 earning Masters of Business Administration. Another 550 recent graduates are eligible to participate in commencement after completing their degrees this past fall semester.

More information on WSU Global Campus’ commencement ceremony is available online.

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

WSU Vancouver

Some 458 WSU Vancouver students are expected to complete their degree programs this spring, including nearly 400 undergraduates. They will be eligible to participate in commencement alongside the 226 WSU Vancouver students who finished their programs in the fall.

WSU Vancouver’s 2023 Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, at the RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater in Ridgefield. The event is slated to begin at 1 p.m., with details available on the campus’ website.

Media Contact:
Brenda Alling, Office of Marketing and Communication, 360‑546‑9601,

WSU Spokane

WSU Spokane’s spring 2023 graduating class of 354 students includes 69 medical doctors, 110 College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students and 58 graduate degree recipients. They will be honored at commencement ceremonies alongside 133 students who completed their programs this past fall.

Three commencement ceremonies are planned for WSU Spokane students, beginning with the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine on Thursday, May 4. The event will take place at the Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox beginning at 3 p.m.

On Friday, May 5, the Spokane Convention Center will host the commencement ceremony for the College of Nursing as well as Education and Global Campus. The event is slated to begin at 3 p.m. The campuses’ commencement events will wrap up on Thursday, May 11, with the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences with a 1 p.m. event at the Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox.

More information about each WSU Spokane commencement event is available on the campus’ website.

Media Contact:
Chantell Cosner, director of marketing and strategic communication, 509-368-6671

WSU Tri-Cities

A total of 319 students, including 219 graduating this spring, will be able to participate in this month’s commencement ceremony for WSU Tri-Cities.

This spring’s commencement ceremony will take place Saturday, May 6, at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. The event is set to begin at 1 p.m., with more information available on the WSU Tri‑Cities commencement website.

Media Contact:
Leslie Streeter, director of marketing and communication, 509-372-7333,

WSU Everett

Approximately 38 WSU Everett undergraduates are on track to complete their degree programs this spring. They will be celebrated alongside 15 Cougs who graduated this past fall at the campus’ commencement ceremony.

WSU Everett will host its spring commencement ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13. More information is available on the WSU Everett commencement website.

Media Contact:
Corrie Wilder, executive director, marketing and communications, WSU Everett, 425-405-1776,

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