Gonzaga planning in-person commencement ceremonies

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga University is planning five in-person commencement ceremonies this year. The Spokesman-Review reports the outdoor ceremonies are scheduled for May 8-9 at Union Stadium, the Mead School District’s new 4,500-seat venue. Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh said the college was given guidance for in-person ceremonies as part of Phase 3 of Washington’s coronavirus reopening plan. Gonzaga’s graduations were rescheduled and reformatted last year due to the pandemic, taking place virtually over the Labor Day weekend. Several COVID-19 restrictions are anticipated, including mask requirements and physical distancing.