Guest Information

*No Balloons in the Gym*

WWU has decided balloons will not be allowed in the gymnasium of Carver Academic Facility due to the sensors in our fire alarm system. Please leave balloons in the car and feel free to bring other gifts for graduates. There will be flower and lei sales on site.

Parking & Directions

Directions and maps can be found here.

Bellingham Area Guide & Lodging

Please visit WWU's Admissions site for detailed information about Bellingham.

Food and On-Campus Services

The following concessions will be available:

Miller Market| 8 am 12:30 pm

The Associated Students Bookstore will be open. Time: TBD

Seating Arrangements

All guests should be seated 20 minutes before the posted time of the ceremony. The procession begins 15 minutes prior to the ceremony time.  All guest entrances are closed during this time and will reopen when the procession is complete. 

Fall/Winter quarters: Carver opens at 9 am

Spring quarter:  Carver opens an hour before each ceremony

Summer quarter:  Carver opens at 9 am

Guests with wheelchair and mobility limitations have seating available. Designated areas have been reserved for these guests but space is on a first come, first serve basis.

Additional Viewing

Guests attending the ceremony should remember that seating is available as a first come, first served basis. The SMATE building is a great alternative for guests who have arrived after the gym has filled to capacity. There are four lecture halls with big screens live-streaming the event. This location is air-conditioned, comfortable, easily accessible for guests with mobility limitations, and just steps away from the Carver Academic Facility.

Accommodation Requests

Arrangements have been made and you do not need to contact us if your guest:

  • is unable to climb stairs
  • is in a wheelchair
  • needs sign language interpretation

ADA parking will be available for guests with state issued parking passes in lots 17G & 11G.

For guests requiring sign language interpretation, seating is available in Carver. Ushers will assist guests with seating.

If you have questions about accommodations for guests, please contact commencement staff by email or in the Registrar's Office, 360-650-3701. (Washington State TDD Relay Service, 800-833-6388)

Lost and Found

Please check with the University Police (360-650-3555) or with the Viking Union Lost & Found Office (360-650-3120). Please note that the Viking Union Lost & Found is closed during breaks, call at the beginning of the quarter. Most lost valuable items will go directly to the University Police after the ceremony.