How Spokane families should prepare for this weekend’s outdoor graduation

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane Public School seniors will graduate this week and if you are planning to attend, there are a few things you will need to know.

Graduation will be outside at the Riverfront Park Pavilion for schools, but with a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated guests, capacity is limited and there will be separate seating areas.


Your graduate should have already received two wristbands for two guests to attend their ceremony.

There will be a general seating area for those guests to sit in pairs that are six feet apart from other guests.

This seating area is open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated guests.


Thanks to guidance from the Governor’s Office and the Washington DOH, there can be a vaccinated seating area where no social distancing or masks are required.

The week leading up to graduation, students will have an opportunity to exchange their two wristbands for four as long as all four guests are fully vaccinated.

Those guests will also need to provide proof of being fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to the graduation ceremony.


Ahead of this weekend’s graduation, SPS says families should be prepared for warmer weather and a lot of walking.

Parking will be available downtown and in the downtown parking garage.

There will also be parking at North Central High School with a shuttle running to the Pavilion area.


You’re allowed to bring a blanket or beach towel to sit on or a low-to-the-ground beach chair.

You can also bring plastic water bottles, reusable water bottles, baby bottles/formula.

Umbrellas are allowed in the case of rain, but a poncho is preferred.

Masks will be required upon entry, but can be removed if you’re fully vaccinated.

A more comprehensive list of what you can and can’t bring as well as other graduation FAQ can be found on the Spokane Public Schools website.

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