WSU to host two ceremonies for current, former grads

Anyone can watch; ceremony will be streamed online for people not in Pullman

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YULING LIU | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

Previous graduates from 2020 and 2021 are invited back to walk during commencement.

ALEXANDRIA OSBORNE, Evergreen reporter, columnist, copy editor

With nearly 1,500 students walking in commencement this Saturday, WSU administrators want to remind people about the COVID-19 guidelines.

People who plan to attend the ceremony will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, said Phil Weiler, WSU vice president for marketing and communications. Everyone is required to wear masks as well.

There will be two ceremonies this year: one for this semester’s graduates and the one for students who graduated earlier in the pandemic. Weiler said 890 students are scheduled to participate in the regular commencement, and 515 are scheduled for the ceremony for returning students.

Initially, returning students were going to participate in the regular ceremony, he said. However, because of the large number of students returning, administrators decided to offer a second ceremony instead.

The audience for the ceremony is not limited to a certain number of people, Weiler said. Anyone can show up and watch.

The ceremony will be streamed on YouTube for friends and family members who cannot make it to Pullman to attend in person, and the links to both ceremonies, with or without captions, can be found on the WSU Experience website