GU announces graduation commencement venue and schedule

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Get your graduation gowns and caps ready because Gonzaga University announced that the 128th commencement ceremonies will honor the graduating class of 2021 in five outdoor ceremonies on Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9, which will take place at Mead School District’s Union Stadium.

The 4,500-seat football stadium is large enough to accommodate a limited number of family members and guests, in accordance to COVID-19 safety guidelines. The stadium, located at 12509 N. Market St., is around a 20-minute drive from Gonzaga’s campus.

All participants – graduates, guests and others – are expected to adhere to all health and safety protocols, including wearing protective masks, physical distancing and others, as required by the state.

Each ceremony and the commencement mass will be livestreamed and recorded for future viewing. The ceremonies will be ticketed and each graduate will receive up to four guest tickets. Attendees will have to prepare for inclement weather due to there being no indoor alternative venue.

Gonzaga will announce any changes and more information will be available at the Commencement website.

The ceremony schedule follows:

Saturday, May 8: Law and Graduate ceremonies

1 – 2:30 p.m.: Law commencement where Hisrael (Israel) Carranza will be student speaker and Michele E. Storms, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union will deliver the commencement address. Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath will be honored with the Gonzaga Law Medal.

4 – 5:45 p.m.: Graduate commencement where Jackie Tanios will be student speaker and Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh will deliver the commencement address.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.: Commencement mass on campus at Herak Quad lawn.

Sunday, May 9: Undergraduate ceremonies

The student speaker will be Fese Elango, Gonzaga Student Body Association president, and McCulloh will deliver the the commencement address.

9 – 11:30 a.m.: School of Business Administration and School of Engineering & Applied Science

1 – 3:15 p.m.: College of Art & Sciences, majors in humanities and social sciences. Humanities will include broadcast and electronic media, classic civilizations, communication studies, english, film studies, history, integrated media, journalism, modern languages, philosophy, public relations and religious studies. Social sciences will include criminology, economics, environmental studies, international studies, political science, psychology and sociology.

5 – 7:15 p.m.: College of Arts & Sciences, majors in the arts and sciences. Arts will include art, dance, music and theater arts. Sciences will include biology, computer science and computational thinking, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics and physics. School of Education and School of Nursing & Human Physiology.