April 8, 2021
It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to you today to announce that we are canceling in-person commencement at The Fox on Thursday, May 6. Due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the region, the University expects that Governor Jay Inslee will roll several counties back to more restrictive phases on April 12. As a result, the University has announced that face-to-face ceremonies will not be allowed on any of the WSU campuses, including Spokane.
For your reference, this is the notice that all deans in the University received from the Provost:
“Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, Washington State University will not conduct any in-person graduation events for the spring 2021 semester. While all Washington counties are currently in Phase 3 of reopening, we expect that Governor Jay Inslee will roll several counties back to more restrictive phases on April 12.”
I know this is very disappointing news for you—and for us—as the college looked forward to celebrating our students face-to-face before you begin the next phase of your careers. The administration is currently considering other options for commencement and will announce these plans once a decision has been made.
Thank you all for your understanding and patience.
Mark Leid, Professor and Dean
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences