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Convocation 2023

Schedule and More

Order of Events


Gates open
 9 a.m.

10 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Elizabeth Chilton, Chancellor, WSU Pullman

Lisa Guerrero, Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusive Excellence

Clif Stratton, Vice Chancellor for Academic Engagement

Sophomore Welcome
Alex Madsen

Faculty Keynote
Sophia Tegart, Assistant Professor of Flute, School of Music

Pinning Ceremony
Elizabeth Chilton, Chancellor, WSU Pullman

ASWSU Welcome
Luke Deschenes, ASWSU President

Closing Remarks
Ellen Taylor, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

WSU Fight Song




The University Mace leads the processional at University Convocation and at Commencement.

The mace is a traditional symbol of legal and chartered authority; it is an evolution of the ceremonial scepters that have been carried by kings and dignitaries through thousands of years of human history.

Created in 1985 by WSU alumnus Tim Doebler, the two-foot-long scepter is cast in silver and bronze and weighs nine pounds.

Pinning Ceremony

The pin is a symbol of your bond with the University and with your fellow Cougs. Wear it with pride today – and wear it with your cap and gown when you graduate.