It is with much sadness and regret that we write to let you know we have decided to cancel the in-person commencement ceremonies scheduled at all of our campuses later this summer.

Health-first mindset results in commencement cancellation

June 23, 2020

Dear New Cougar Graduate:

It is with much sadness and regret that we write to let you know we have decided to cancel the in‑person commencement ceremonies scheduled at all of our campuses later this summer.

This is not a choice that any of us wanted to make. It was a decision not easily made nor quickly reached. But in consideration of the state’s COVID‑19 guidelines for resuming group activities and our own abundance of caution in protecting the health and safety of the entire Cougar community, we feel it is the right decision.

We know that many of you will be unhappy or frustrated with this decision. We understand and empathize with those feelings. All of our lives have been upended by the pandemic these past few months, and not holding these ceremonies creates more disappointment.

But know that canceling commencement takes nothing away from your accomplishment of earning a degree. You persevered in the face of one of the most challenging times in modern history to reach this life milestone.

The Cougar spirit you have shown is inspiring. Your willingness to work hard to succeed—no matter the obstacles—demonstrates the tenacity of WSU graduates to the world. It also bodes well for your future.

There’s no doubt the world needs Cougar spirit more than ever. And your willingness to confidently step up and tackle our shared challenges fills all of us with hope. Hope for today, and hope for our shared future.

Again, congratulations on your graduation, and best wishes for your future. Stay in touch with your alma mater. We are here to support you throughout your life journey, and you’re always invited back home. May WSU and the Coug family be a continuing source of hope as we face the future, together.

Go Cougs!

Kirk Schulz

Bryan Slinker
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President

Elizabeth Chilton
Incoming Provost and Executive Vice President

Lisa Calvert
Vice President for University Advancement and CEO of the WSU Foundation

Asif Chaudhry
Vice President for International Programs

Pat Chun
Director of Athletics

Dave Cillay
Vice President for Academic Outreach and Innovation and Chancellor, Global Campus

Daryll DeWald
Vice President of Health Sciences and Chancellor, WSU Health Sciences Spokane

Theresa Elliot‑Cheslek
Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer

Mary Jo Gonzales
Vice President of Student Affairs

Sandra Haynes
Chancellor, WSU Tri‑Cities

Christine Hoyt
Chief of Staff, Office of the President

Chris Keane
Vice President for Research

Colleen Kerr
Vice President for External Affairs and Government Relations

Mel Netzhammer
Chancellor, WSU Vancouver

Stacy Pearson
Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer

Sasi Pillay
Vice President for Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer

Paul Pitre
Chancellor, WSU Everett

Phil Weiler
Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Dori Borjesson
Incoming Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine

Lisa Gloss
Dean, Graduate School

Mel Haberman
Interim Dean, College of Nursing

Larry (Chip) Hunter
Dean, Carson College of Business

Matthew Jockers
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Mary Koithan
Incoming Dean, College of Nursing

Mark Leid
Incoming Dean, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Linda Garrelts MacLean
Interim Dean, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Robert H. Mealey
Interim Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine

M. Grant Norton
Dean, Honors College

Bruce Pinkleton
Dean, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Mary Rezac
Dean, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

Jay Starratt
Dean, Libraries

John Tomkowiak
Founding Dean, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Mike Trevisan
Dean, College of Education

André-Denis Girard Wright
Dean, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences