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UPDATED: Tue., July 14, 2020

Wait ‘til next year: Giving up on 2020, looking toward 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has brought tectonic change to almost every part of life — how we live, where we live, where we work, what we do for work, what it …


Calvillo draws inspiration from brother’s success as EWU graduate

Miguel Calvillo, 23, spent his childhood in the orchard town of Sunnyside, Washington, where drive-by shootings were a monthly occurrence. In middle school, Calvillo’s neighborhood friend heard shots and came …


Whitworth grad takes passion for community service from Zimbabwe to Washington, D.C.

“I come from a very collectivist culture where we all get through things together, we work together, I serve my community,” said Nadia Sarfraz, who recently graduated from Whitworth University. …


UPDATED: Thu., June 4, 2020

Modified graduations at SPS high schools will be on video

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered many plans this spring, especially those of Spokane seniors and their families. Instead of the traditional celebration at the Spokane Arena, all five comprehensive high …


UPDATED: Wed., May 20, 2020

Graduates from Spokane Public Schools will receive diplomas in modified drive-thru observances

It won’t be held at a stadium or an arena, but graduation could be a pretty sweet ride for the class of 2020 in Spokane Public Schools. After more than …


UPDATED: Tue., May 19, 2020

Scores of graduates line up in cars for free doughnuts at Krispy Kreme in Spokane Valley

Dozens of cars backed up on Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley on Tuesday afternoon to get a “graduate dozen” from Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.


Faith and Values: This year, graduating seniors deserve even more praise

If I look at one more final exam I’m going to go cross-eyed. That’s how the final week of school always goes, but usually it ends with me getting to …


UPDATED: Wed., May 13, 2020

This dad’s daughter got her own college graduation ceremony

Xavier University’s cancellation of its graduation ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic didn’t stop one Tennessee senior from walking across the stage.


UPDATED: Mon., May 11, 2020

‘Perseverance, we’re all living that’: College graduates make do with virtual, rescheduled commencements

University commencement season was scheduled to kick off this weekend with thousands of graduates walking across stages in Spokane and Pullman. But that didn’t happen, due to COVID-19, so graduating …


UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2020

School officials air proposal for outdoor graduation ceremonies for Class of 2020

Spokane Public Schools has drafted a proposal for holding open-air ceremonies at Joe Albi Stadium, with students seated in chairs placed at least 6 feet apart in accordance with social-distancing …


UPDATED: Wed., April 22, 2020

Spokane schools aim to give seniors graduation pomp despite unusual circumstances

For the seniors in Spokane Public Schools, graduation is a virtual certainty. The details haven’t been finalized, but district staff and board members agreed in principle that the class of …


UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2020

Whitworth University postpones graduation ceremony until October

Graduation events previously scheduled for May now will take place during Whitworth’s Homecoming Weekend, which begins Oct. 9. Graduating students still will receive their degrees next month, the university said …


No prom or graduation? High school seniors worry they may lose what they’ve eagerly anticipated for years

A six-week-long break from in-person school activities amid coronavirus concerns may turn out to have just been an abrupt and unceremonious end if officials determine it won’t be safe to …


Bills would permit Native students to wear tribal regalia for graduation

Native American students would be able to wear tribal regalia and items of cultural significance at their graduation ceremonies this year, under two bills moving through the Legislature.


Achievements: University of Idaho Summer 2019 Graduation

The following students graduated from the University of Idaho at the end of the summer 2019 session.


Achievements: University of Idaho Spring 2019 Graduates

The following students graduated from the University of Idaho at the end of the spring 2019 semester.


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019

Spokane Valley native National Guardsman, mom graduates from EWU 18 years after starting college

Ashley Cardinal signed up for the Army National Guard before her senior year of high school at West Valley High School in 2001. A career in the military and raising …


Shawn Vestal: Teachers make lasting, important impressions

As another academic year comes to a close, as schools mark the end of this season, celebrate graduations and promotions, and commence summer vacation, I remember all of my teachers.


Dear grads: A letter from one Eagle to another

You might feel like you’re supposed to be an adult now and out on your own. To some extent, this is true, but don’t think for a second the people …


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019

Dreams fulfilled, journeys begun with CCS adult education graduation

Asma Abdulmohsin joined 456 graduates from SCC’s Adult Basic Education program Tuesday night in celebrating their accomplishments with family and friends. Some, like Abdulmohsin, had completed the college’s ESL program, …


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019

From fire and ash to caps, gowns: Graduation in burned town

Sean Newsom’s senior year of high school started with typical teenage pranks, like sticking a cup to the roof of his car with magnets just to mess with people as …


Actress Jenny Slate to address island graduating class of 1

The single graduating student on a tiny Massachusetts island is nonetheless receiving the star treatment.


‘I am proud to be a gay son of God’: Mormon valedictorian comes out in graduation speech

A commencement ceremony on Friday at Brigham Young University, the flagship academic institution of the Mormon Church, was an unlikely occasion for this pronouncement: “I stand before my family, friends …


Spreading Eagles’ wings: Three generations graduate from EWU on Saturday

Three generations within Carol Anderson’s family in Spokane plan to walk in graduation ceremonies Saturday for degrees from Eastern Washington University.


Shawn Vestal: At graduation, Freeman Class of 2018 remembers, and looks to the future

The celebration of the graduating Freeman High School Class of 2018 was made all the more poignant Saturday by the weight of what they’d been through together, and how they …


Teen with cerebral palsy stuns mom by walking at graduation

An Ohio teenager who has cerebral palsy and was never expected to be able to walk has shocked her family by doing just that at her high school graduation.


Florida school honors 4 slain seniors at graduation

The senior class from the Florida high school where 17 people died in February’s gun massacre held graduation ceremonies Sunday afternoon, with the focus on honoring four students slain in …


Parkland seniors balance grief, activism as graduation nears

When a gunman killed 17 people at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, senior Chris Grady was slogging through his final few weeks before reporting for duty in …


Students graduate from Texas school where shooting killed 10

More than 300 seniors at a Texas high school have received their diplomas with the memory of a deadly mass shooting on campus still fresh in their minds.


Former foster child overcomes pregnancy loss to graduate

Thompson is among 59 students who graduated Wednesday from Magic Valley High, an alternative school in Twin Falls. She plans to study registered nursing at the College of Southern Idaho.