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Whitworth’s Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony Moved to May 2021

September 4, 2020
Whitworth University announced today that in light of the ongoing public health crisis and in accordance with both state and local public health guidelines, it must reschedule the Class of 2020 commencement ceremony to May 23, 2021.

Whitworth will hold two commencement ceremonies at the Spokane Arena that day. It will host the Class of 2021 ceremony at 11 a.m., followed later by the Class of 2020 ceremony at 5 p.m. The Class of 2020 event will be a combined ceremony for both undergraduate and graduate students.

The university will also offer combined Commencement Weekend activities for the classes of 2020 and 2021, like the communion and commissioning service, senior reflections, and the baccalaureate service.

In a video message sent to the Class of 2020, President Beck A. Taylor told graduates one thing remains clear: Whitworth is still committed to celebrating their commencement.

“This still means we have to wait longer than we’d hoped to celebrate your commencement,” Taylor said. “But after talking with your senior class coordinator, Astrid LeRoy, we both feel this is the best option for a ceremony that will honor and celebrate your years of hard work and determination, and, I hope, offer a wonderful reunion with one another.”

Additional information will be posted on Whitworth’s Class of 2020 commencement webpage as the commencement date approaches.

More than 95 percent of Whitworth’s Class of 2020 graduates are either already employed or continuing their education. In a survey, 603 undergraduate students and 163 graduate students said they are planning to walk in their commencement ceremony.

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

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or