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Spokane Celebrates 20th Annual African American Graduation Celebration April 23 at Whitworth

March 11, 2016
Whitworth University will host the 20th Annual African American Spokane Community Graduation Celebration at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 23, in Cowles Auditorium at Whitworth University.

This celebration recognizes the academic achievement of African American students graduating by August 2016 from K-12 schools, colleges, and universities in Spokane and surrounding areas. The 20th-anniversary celebration is a significant milestone for the Spokane community, and, during the ceremony, the founding members of the African American Graduation Celebration Committee will be honored.

To participate in the 20th Annual African American Graduation, a student’s registration must be completed and received by April 8. Students can also RSVP online at

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Shawn Washington, director of student diversity, equity, and inclusion, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4330 or

Daniel Whye, African American Graduation Committee chair, Spokane Falls Community College, (509) 434‐5183 or

Lauren Clark, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or