May 2017

WWU Family Connection is the monthly newsletter for all WWU families

Watch for WWU Family Connection in your email inbox at the beginning of each month. The newsletter is produced by Western's Office of Communications and Marketing and New Student Services/Family Outreach.

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Important Dates

Last day to apply to attend spring commencement without late fees: Friday, May 5.

Drop-in resume clinic: Wednesday, May 17, Haggard Hall 112.

Back2Bellingham Alumni and Family Weekend: Thursday, May 18 to Sunday, May 21.

Memorial Day: Monday, May 29.

Finals week: June 5-9

On-campus housing check-out: June 9 by 4 p.m.

Spring Commencement: June 10

Summer Session classes begin, tuition due: June 20

Summer Commencement: Aug. 19

First day of fall quarter, tuition due: Sept. 27

Volunteer Opportunities

Back2B'ham: Saturday, May 20. Help with the carnival in Red Square, or greet alumni, families and community members in Western's biggest community event. Learn more.

Senior Celebration: Wednesday, June 7 and Thursday June 8, noon to 3 p.m. Congratulate graduating students, distribute caps, gowns and prizes. Learn more.

Spring Commencement will include a sneak preview of Carver

Students who graduate this spring and their families in the audience will get a sneak preview of the newly renovated Carver Academic building.

There are still a few months before the renovation is complete, but the gymnasium area will be ready to house the spring commencement ceremonies June 10.

The building will still be under construction and guests will have limited access inside during the commencement ceremonies. Nevertheless, the commencement team is excited to get into the space and celebrate with the first class to graduate in the new building.

Graduates must make reservation for Commencement by Friday, May 5 in order to avoid a $20 late fee.

Click here for more Commencement details.

Join your student on campus for Back2B'ham later this month

Looking for an excuse to visit your student? Mark your calendar for the weekend of May 19 – 21 to visit them during Back2B’ham, Western’s Spring Family, Student, Alumni and community weekend. Register for $15 before Wednesday, May 17 ($20 day-of registration). Parking is suspended all weekend.

Back2B'ham will include a two presentations targeted for families of current WWU students.

"Backpack2Briefcase" will share what WWU has to offer students on their journey to academic and career success. Hear more about the academic and career resources available to students -- and where they go when they graduate: Saturday, May 20 at 11 a.m.

Learn about the new and exciting work being done in each of the colleges in the “Meet the Deans” panel discussion. Gain valuable insight on the programs, research projects and future plans: Saturday, May 20 at 1 p.m.

If you’d like to volunteer during the Back2Bellingham weekend we’ll waive the entry fee. Please contact Kate Stevenson at to discuss the various volunteer opportunities. Your student(s) may also want to volunteer. We can coordinate volunteer shifts so you can make the most out of your visit and be with your student. Students can sign up to volunteer here.

Brooklyn Groves is Washington's State Student Employee of the Year

Brooklyn Groves, who just won a double-header as Student Employee of the Year at Western AND Washington State Student Employee of the Year, is a senior working with Facilities in University Residences.

A Marysville native, her dual role as the Birnam Wood Community Council President and Facilities student employee is often utilized to gain feedback from residents, the Residence Hall Association and the National Residence Hall Honorary.

For the department, she also does various data analysis tasks and conduct audits. She provides insight and student perspective when it comes to residence hall needs, works well under pressure and is busy planning for an adventurous, post-graduation summer trip to Japan.

Congratulations, Brooklyn!

The Career Center is there for students after graduation, too

The Career Services Center offers a full range of services to assist students and alumni in developing the skills necessary to conduct a successful job search.

The Center can also help identify and connect with employers, practice interviewing skills and connect to online resources. The following services and programs are available to help students land a job after graduation (and are free for 6 months after!):

Students seeking a quick resume check can also pop in for the Drop-In Resume Clinic May 17 from 3 – 5 p.m. in Haggard Hall 112.

Western Give Day is June 1

Western alumni, students and their families will unite June 1 for a 24-hour online fundraising event to support your students and the academic programs, clubs and teams that are shaping them throughout their time at Western.

A percentage of every gift will be matched by the WWU Give Day Challenge Fund!

Click here for more.