Whitworth to hold commencement ceremonies at Pine Bowl

Whitworth Commencement 2021

SPOKANE, Wash. — In celebration of the classes of 2020 and 2021, Whitworth University announced it will hold the commencement ceremonies for both classes Saturday, May 22 and Sunday May 23.

The university said three in-person ceremonies will be held on campus in the Pine Bowl, rain or shine. The events are scheduled as follows:

  • Saturday, May 22, 10 a.m.: Class of 2021 graduate ceremony. 130 graduates degree candidates will participate.
  • Sunday, May 23, 11 a.m.: Class of 2021 undergraduate ceremony. 421 undergraduate degree candidates will participate.
  • Sunday, May 23, 5 p.m.: Class of 2020 combined ceremony. 56 graduate degree recipients and 277 undergraduate degree recipients will participate.

The university said the ceremonies will be strictly limited in size, and each graduate has received two tickets for guests. Family and friends will be able to watch a livestream of the ceremonies from home.

Everyone attending are required to follow guidelines, regardless of vaccination status. These include wearing a mask, not having additional gatherings on campus, leaving campus once the ceremonies have ended, and knowing tickets are limited to two guests per graduate and are required for all three ceremonies.

Dale Soden, a history professor, will give the commencement address during the class of 2021’s ceremony. Assistant professor of theology, Haley Jacob, will deliver the address during the class of 2020’s ceremony.

Several members of the Whitworth and Spokane community will be honored with special awards, including health officer Dr. Bob Lutz and epidemiologist Mark Springer, MD, for working closely with the university to lead its public health response to COVID-19.

Those looking for more information on Commencement Weekend or to view individual programs and watch the events live, are encouraged to go here.