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WSU commencement schedules announced for spring 2019

PULLMAN, Wash. — More than 5,500 students are expected to graduate from Washington State University campuses statewide this spring, with a record number planning to participate in commencement exercises set for May 2, 3, 4 and 11.

Of the total, more than 4,700 are earning undergraduate degrees from WSU’s six campuses and nearly 800 are graduating with either master’s or doctoral degrees. Exact numbers won’t be available until after spring semester finals.

“Commencement is always a great reminder of our core mission: to prepare students for success in their professional and personal lives,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz. “The WSU system is doing an outstanding job of graduating students who are ready to contribute to the economy and to communities statewide and beyond.”

Global Campus graduates participate at the campus of their choice. Commencement plans differ on each campus and some of the university’s colleges host their own ceremonies. Here’s a look at the plans across the WSU system.

  • WSU Everett

    The Everett campus will graduate 116. Commencement is set for 2 p.m. May 11 in the Everett Community College Walt Price Fitness Center, 2206 Tower St. Chancellor Paul Pitre will preside.

    The graduates will walk from WSU Everett to the adjacent Everett Community College in a processional escorted by police.

    More information is available at the WSU Everett commencement website.


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

  • WSU Pullman

    About 3,500 students are expected to graduate and nearly 3,200 — more than ever — are planning to participate in the daylong Pullman campus commencement Saturday, May 4. Ceremonies will take place in Beasley Coliseum at 8 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to accommodate the large number of graduates.

    Each of the ceremonies will feature graduates from WSU’s different colleges. Schulz will confer degrees at all three ceremonies, which are open to the public and no tickets are required. Video of the proceedings will be streamed live for online viewing. The videostream will be archived for later viewing as well.

    More information about commencement parking, accommodations and the breakdown on which colleges will be featured at each ceremony is available on the WSU Pullman commencement website.

    Follow commencement updates on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #CougGrad.

    Later, the College of Veterinary Medicine will host its Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Ceremony, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Beasley Coliseum.


    Teri Hansen, WSU commencement coordinator, 509‑335‑2531,

  • WSU Vancouver

    The Vancouver campus will graduate 1,045 students. Commencement is set for 1 p.m. May 4 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Wash.

    Chancellor Mel Netzhammer will preside, and Ian Muck, past president of the Associated Students of WSU Vancouver, will deliver the commencement address.

    The ceremony is open to the public and no tickets are required. It also will be livestreamed for online viewing. More information is available at the WSU Vancouver commencementwebsite.


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

  • WSU Tri‑Cities

    More than 350 students are expected to graduate from the Tri‑Cities campus, with commencement set for 1 p.m. May 4 at the Toyota Center, 7000 W. Grandridge Boulevard, Kennewick, Wash.

    The commencement speaker is state Sen. Sharon Brown.

    More information is available at the Tri‑Cities campus commencement website.


    Maegan Murray, WSU Tri‑Cities public relations specialist, 509‑372‑7333.

  • WSU Spokane

    About 350 students are set to graduate from the Spokane campus, with commencement ceremonies set for May 2 and 3.

    The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences commencement is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 2, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 West Sprague Ave., Spokane. Tickets are required. More information is available at the college’s commencement website.

    The general WSU Spokane commencement is set for 2 p.m. May 3 at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane. More information is available the Spokane campus commencement website. A livestream will be available on YouTube.


    Kevin Dudley, communications coordinator, 509‑358‑7528,