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Class of 2020 Commencement

Whitworth University President Beck A. Taylor has outlined new plans for Whitworth Commencement 2020, which combines ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students.


Sunday, May 23, 2021, 5 p.m.


Spokane Arena
720 W. Mallon Ave.
Spokane, Wash.

Things to Keep in Mind

Please note that the Spokane Arena requires all attendees (students and families) to pass through metal detectors and undergo bag searches prior to entering the arena. Please be prepared to give yourself extra time to go through security and to be seated.  

The Spokane Arena does not allow weapons, balloons or outside food and beverages. Please do not bring any of these items to the Commencement Ceremony.

There is not a secure room for graduates to store their belongings during the commencement ceremony, nor will students be allowed backstage to retrieve any belongings following the ceremony. Graduates should leave all valuables that cannot stay on their person during the ceremony with a family member or guest.

The arena courtyard is very crowded after commencement, and it can be difficult for graduates, family members and friends to find each other. Before the ceremony begins, please decide where outside you will meet your family and friends afterward.

Spokane Arena Parking

Graduates and guests will need to bring cash to pay for parking at the arena.

Assistance for the Hearing Impaired

An American Sign Language interpreter will be available at Communion & Commissioning, Senior Reflections, Baccalaureate and the commencement ceremony. Please ask ushers for directions to the designated ASL seating area.

Wheelchair/Mobility Limited Seating

Wheelchair and mobility limited seating is available at the Spokane Arena and managed by their staff. Please ask an usher for assistance when you arrive.

Child Care

There is no child care provided at any of the Commencement Weekend activities. Please plan accordingly. 

Hotel Accommodations

Please visit (Spokane Area Convention and Visitors Bureau) for more information.


The ceremony will be livestreamed for any friends or family who are out of town and unable to attend. To view the ceremony, please visit

Commencement Photos

During the ceremony, pictures will be taken of all candidates as they shake hands with President Beck A. Taylor. Pictures will be available for viewing and purchase.

Commencement DVD

A DVD of the undergraduate commencement ceremony can be purchased through the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations.

Additional Undergraduate Commencement Details


Please contact the commencement office with any questions at 509.777.3715 or