Commencement to be Virtual Experience

April 15, 2020 By David Meany
Photo: Graduation cap with a bejeweled eagle on it.

Citing the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Eastern Washington University President Mary Cullinan announced today that June Commencement will be moving to an online format.

“This year, unfortunately, the global pandemic has forced us all to reset gatherings, celebrations, and holidays,” says Cullinan. “We can’t hold a traditional Commencement ceremony this spring.”

Cullinan says although EWU can’t bring everyone together physically this year, the university is committed to celebrating its graduates. The president says plans are in the works for a virtual Commencement for the Class of 2020 semester and quarter program graduates.

The online celebration will be on Saturday, June 13, the day regular commencement was to be held. Cullinan says the university will share more information about the virtual ceremony in coming weeks.

President Cullinan also invited students who would have walked the stage this spring to participate in traditional Commencement ceremonies in spring 2021. She added that If health restrictions are lifted by then, Eastern may even explore holding a special in-person graduation ceremony in Fall 2020.

“Class of 2020, your perseverance and dedication through these challenging times make you a shining example of Eagle spirit and grit,” says Cullinan. “I’m so proud of you! And I look forward to celebrating your success at our virtual Commencement ceremony. Watch for more information coming your way.”

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