EWU Cancels In-Person Commencement Due to Coronavirus

In a letter to the campus community, Eastern Washington University President Mary Cullinan said the university remains committed to celebrating its graduates.

Letter from EWU President Regarding Commencement

Dear Campus Community:

Every year at commencement, we celebrate our students’ academic accomplishments. Walking across the stage, hearing your name called in front of your classmates, family and friends, is an experience like no other.

This year, unfortunately, the global pandemic has forced us all to reset gatherings, celebrations and holidays. We can’t hold a traditional commencement ceremony this spring.

Although we can’t bring everyone together physically this year, we’re committed to celebrating our graduates. Thus, we’re planning a virtual commencement for our Class of 2020 semester and quarter program graduates.

Please join us online on Saturday, June 13, for this celebration. Information about the virtual ceremony will be updated here: https://staging-inside.ewu.edu/commencement/schedule-of-ceremonies/.

In addition, if you would have walked the stage this spring, I invite you to participate in traditional commencement ceremonies in spring 2021. (If health restrictions are lifted by then, we may even explore holding a special in-person graduation ceremony in Fall 2020.)

Class of 2020, your perseverance and dedication through these challenging times has made you a shining example of Eagle spirit and grit. I’m so proud of you! And I look forward to celebrating your success at our virtual commencement ceremony. Watch for more information coming your way.

Stay safe, and be well.

Mary Cullinan

Have Feedback?

We strive to make this website the best it can be. If you have questions or comments about this website, we welcome your input. Let us know what you think.