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Update: CWU Commencement 2020

Monday, April 13, 2020

CWU Campus

Dear CWU graduates,

We know you have been eagerly awaiting a decision about the university’s plans for Commencement 2020, and we appreciate your patience during this difficult time. Unfortunately, no one knows when the COVID-19 outbreak will be controlled and when we might be able to resume our normal routines.

Due to this uncertainty, and the need to adhere to guidance from state health officials, CWU has decided that we will not be rescheduling Commencement 2020 for this fall.

We are extremely proud of all of our graduates, and we understand how disappointing this news must be for you. However, the safety of our students, staff, and community is always our top priority, and we believe that bringing so many people close together — even six months from now — would present too much of a risk. Please know that we have tried to preserve, as best as we can, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you and your families. But as the public health situation has deteriorated over the past month, we determined that a full cancellation of Commencement 2020 was the only responsible decision to make.

We understand your disappointment, and we want our graduates to know that we still plan to celebrate your achievements by offering three options:

1. All 2019-20 graduates will be invited to participate in the 2021 Commencement exercises next June.
2. Students who do not wish to participate next year will receive their diploma cover, a copy of the Commencement book and any special honors in a package delivered to their home. (In the coming weeks, Commencement officials will be sending out a survey for you to complete regarding your anticipated decision.)
3. We will hold a virtual Commencement address to recognize the class of 2020 on Saturday, June 13, 2020. Details are still being finalized and will be available soon.

Please visit the Commencement website if you have questions or need additional support. Thank you for your many contributions during your time at CWU. We wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors!


Lynn Franken's Signature
Lynn Franken
Interim Provost, Vice President for Academic and Student Life

Walter Szeliga
Chair, Faculty Senate and Associate Professor, Geological Sciences

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