Guest Information

*No Balloons in the Gym*

WWU has decided balloons will not be allowed in the gymnasium of Carver Academic Building. In the past, balloons have gotten loose and due to fire alarm sensors, no balloons will be allowed. 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

Find your way around campus on commencement day using the Commencement Campus Map.

For more detailed information, directions and maps can be found at Parking & Directions.

Bellingham Area Guide & Lodging

Please visit WWU's Admisisons website or the Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism website for information about lodging in the Bellingham area.

Food and On-Campus Services

The Viking Union Cafe:


The Miller Market and Tony's Coffee:

8:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Atrium Market and Starbucks:


The Associated Students Bookstore:

VU MPR: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm | Booth at Carver: TBD

Seating Arrangements

All guests should be seated 5 minutes before the posted time of the ceremony. When the ceremony begins, the procession will start and all guest entrances are closed. Doors will reopen when the procession is complete.

Fall/Winter/Summer quarters: Carver opens at 9:00 am. Procession begins at 9:45 am.

Spring quarter:  Carver opens at:

  • Friday Ceremony: 4:00 pm. Procession begins at 4:45 pm.
  • Saturday Ceremony One: 8:00 am. Procession begins at 8:45 am.
  • Saturday Ceremony Two: 11:15 am. Procession begins at 11:45 am.
  • Saturday Ceremony Three: 2:15 pm. Prcession begins at 2:45 pm.

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

The SMATE building is a great alternative for those who don't want to view the ceremony in the Carver Academic Building. There are lecture halls with big screens live-streaming the event. This location is comfortable and easily accessible for guests with mobility limitations. It is just steps away from the Carver Academic Building.

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. (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.