College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

2024 Graduate Celebrations and Commencement

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! You’ve worked hard to get here and it is most certainly a time to celebrate.

We highly recommend that students plan to be in Spokane for the entire commencement week, May 7-10. Graduating students will receive registration details for College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences events via email. All graduating students must fill out the registration regardless of whether you intend to take part in college events.

You are welcome participate in any one, multiple, or all of the Washington State University, WSU Spokane, and College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate hooding/commencement ceremonies. However, you will need to register for the university, WSU Spokane, and college commencement/graduate hooding ceremonies separately.

2024 Commencement Week Events at a Glance

More details about College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences events can be found below.

Doctor of Pharmacy MPJE Law Review

Tuesday, May 7
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building, Walgreens Auditorium (PBS 101), WSU Spokane
205 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.

Class of 2024 Celebration, Awards & Rehearsal

Wednesday, May 8
2-4 p.m.

Spokane Center for Clinical Research and Simulation (SCRS), WSU Spokane
412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.

CPPS Graduate Hooding Ceremony

Thursday, May 9
Graduate line-up: 11:30 a.m.

The Fox, Spokane
1001 West Sprague Avenue, Spokane, WA

Order Regalia

This ceremony includes PharmD and PhD student speakers, keynote address, hooding, and the Oath of a Pharmacist

CPPS Reception

Thursday, May 9

WSU Spokane

Celebrate on campus with your family and friends immediately following the college graduate hooding ceremony.

WSU Spokane Commencement

Friday, May 10
Doors open: 1 p.m.

Spokane Arena

Spokane Commencement Details

This ceremony is where you will receive your diploma covers and also includes hooding.

Both the college ceremony and the WSU Spokane commencement ceremony will feature hooding of students. Diploma covers will only be presented at the Spokane ceremony. Actual diplomas will be mailed to all graduating students several weeks after commencement week, regardless of ceremony attendance.

College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Events

Graduate Hooding Ceremony & Reception

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Graduates must arrive at 11:30 a.m. to line up
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for guests
Doors close and ceremony begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Martin Woldson Theater at the FOX*
1001 West Sprague Avenue, Spokane, WA • Google map
*Please note: The Fox does not allow balloons, noise makers, food or beverages into their theater.


All are welcome to join us for reception at the PBS Lobby (map) following the conclusion of the commencement ceremony where we will serve light refreshments and celebrate our new graduates!


Admission to the commencement ceremony is by ticket only.

  • Each graduate will receive 1 ticket for themselves and 10 to distribute to their guests, totaling 11 tickets per graduate. Graduates are welcome to trade among themselves if they would like additional tickets, however, tickets have no monetary value and selling of tickets is strictly prohibited.
  • Family and friends can get tickets directly from graduates.
  • Faculty who will be seated on the stage, photographers, staff, volunteers and student ambassadors do not require a ticket, but must enter through the stage door.
  • Preceptors or alumni who would like to attend the commencement ceremony please contact us at regarding tickets.

Graduating students can pick up their tickets on the WSU Spokane campus from the Office of Student Services in the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences building (PBS) 130 weekdays from April 29 through May 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the MPJE Law Review or Class of 2024 Celebration, Awards & Rehearsal events. For students having their regalia shipped to campus, tickets and regalia will be available to pick up together.


A livestream of the ceremony will be available on the @WSUPharmacy YouTube page for anyone who is unable to attend in person. You can access the livestream on this page a week before the ceremony.


  • For the ceremony, parking in downtown Spokane can be hard to find during certain times of the day. Please give yourself plenty of time to park and also consider carpooling and ride shares. You can view driving directions and parking options through the Fox or use this parking website to plan where to park.
  • For the reception at the WSU Spokane campus, there is metered parking along Spokane Falls Boulevard and Riverfront Boulevard. You can also park in the green lots where you can pay for parking at the kiosk (Campus parking map).


After Image Visual Services will be photographing each graduate at the commencement ceremony. Proofs will be mailed and emailed to the addresses provided by the graduate at ceremony line-up and will also be available online within a few days of the ceremony at In addition to photos, customized plaques, tassel display frames, and various other products will be available to order through the website or the mailed proof and order form.

Phone: 509-332-0964
Mailing Address: 314 S. Washington St, P.O. Box No. 8836, Moscow, Idaho 83843

Additional Doctor of Pharmacy Events

To help you get ready for your graduation and life beyond pharmacy school, we have a week of commencement activities planned for you. We recommend planning to be in Spokane the full week.

MPJE Law Review

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building, Walgreens Auditorium (PBS 101)
205 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. • WSU Spokane Campus

Did you know that historically the MPJE exam is more difficult than the NAPLEX? Have no fear, Pharmacotherapy Associate Professor Julie Akers is here to lead a comprehensive all-day law review. We highly recommend in-person attendance. More info about this and NAPLEX prep reviews »

Class of 2024 Celebration, Awards & Rehearsal

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 • 2 – 4 p.m.

Spokane Center for Clinical Research and Simulation (SCRS)
412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. • WSU Spokane Campus

Join us for a special celebration of all that you have accomplished during your years in pharmacy school and reconnect with your classmates before your commencement ceremony! This will be your chance to see the graduating student slideshow, reunite with your classmates before parting ways, and receive guidance on hooding and walking the stage for the commencement ceremony. We will also present student awards and recognitions. This is an intimate event for graduating students only. We want you to have this opportunity to reconnect with your classmates one last time before the craziness of commencement day and before you all go off on your separate paths.

Suggested attire is dressy-casual. Complimentary desserts and other refreshments will be served.

Future Dates

CPPS Graduate Hooding Ceremony

2024: May 9
2025 – 2027: TBD

WSU Spokane Commencement Ceremony

2024: May 10
2025 – 2027: TBD

Official Graduation

As listed on your degree.

2024: May 4
2025: May 3
2026: May 9
2027: May 8

Conferral Date

Earliest your degree will process

2024: May 8
2025: May 7
2026: May 13
2027: May 12