WSU awards nearly 800 diplomas at fall commencement

PULLMAN, Wash. – Family members and friends Saturday packed into Washington State University’s Beasley Coliseum, where nearly 800 graduating students crossed the stage to receive diplomas during the university’s annual fall commencement ceremony.

WSU President Elson S. Floyd spoke briefly before handing out degrees to graduates from across WSU’s four campuses. In all, 798 degrees were awarded to graduating students, including 54 doctoral degrees, 73 master’s degrees and 671 undergraduate degrees.

“You will receive all sorts of advice today – let me offer this to you,” Floyd said to the graduates. “Never forget that the real mark of your character comes from not how you react to your successes, of which I know there will be many. It is rather how you react to your failures, of which there will be, if you are bold, a number in your lifetime. So always believe in yourself and remain committed to learning, to excellence, and to truth.”

The two-hour commencement ceremony was broadcast live through Cable 8 TV and videostreamed live at, where it also will be archived for future viewing.



Teri Hansen, WSU commencement coordinator, 509-335-2531,

Robert Strenge, WSU News, 509-335-3583,