Eastern Washington colleges contend with changing COVID-19 landscape on commencement plans

With nearly 5,500 students applying to graduate this spring from Washington State University, administrators knew early on that commencement ceremonies would be virtual for a third-straight semester due to coronavirus concerns.

WSU isn’t alone among institutions across Eastern Washington, as Eastern Washington University and the Community Colleges of Spokane are also planning virtual events. Meanwhile, Gonzaga University and Whitworth University have scheduled in-person commencements for May, though potential changes to the state’s COVID-19 restrictions make those plans subject to change over the next couple months.

Gonzaga is planning on multiple outdoor events at the Mead School District’s new Union Stadium to cap off the spring 2021 semester. Ceremonies for

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