Information for Students

Fall Ceremony 2016 (December 10) - Completed

  • Ceremony One - 9:00 AM
  • Ceremony Two- 12:00 PM
  • Ceremony Three - 3:00 PM

Reservations

The Commencement Reservation Form can be found online the first week of the quarter. The deadline for making your reservation is November 4th. Reservations received after 5 PM on November 4th will be assessed a $20 late handling fee.

Ceremony One - 9:00A, Performing Arts Center, Mainstage (PAC) (Procession begins 15 minutes prior to the ceremony)

  • College of Fine and Performing Arts
  • Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
    • American Cultural Studies Program
  • Huxley College of the Environment
  • Woodring College of Education

Ceremony Two - 12:00P, Performing Arts Center, Mainstage (PAC) (Procession begins 15 minutes prior to the ceremony)
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • College of Business and Economics
  • The Graduate School

Ceremony Three - 3:00P, Performing Arts Center, Mainstage (PAC) (Procession begins 15 minutes prior to the ceremony)
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Apparel & Tickets Pickup (Photo ID required*)

Apparel & Tickets - Senior Celebration, Thursday, December 8th, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM, VU 565

Apparel on Commencement Day - 7:30 AM -3:00 PM, Viking Union MPR at the Alumni Table

Tickets on Commencement Day - PAC Ticket Booth will open an hour and a half before each ceremony.

  • Ceremony One: 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM
  • Ceremony Two: 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Ceremony Three: 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

If you have questions about picking up your apparel, contact staff at WWU Alumni Association at 360-650-3353.

*Please be prepared to present photo ID to pick up tickets. If you are unable to pick up your tickets, a friend may do so for you. You must provide your friend with a signed note that states the name of the person who is to pick up the tickets. The named person must present his or her photo ID.

Graduate Lineup/Name Cards on Commencement Day

Bachelor’s and Master's Candidates - Pick up your name card at posts marked by college in the VU Multipurpose Room. (VU MPR)

Line ups begin at:

  • Ceremony One: 8:15 AM
  • Ceremony Two: 11:15 AM
  • Ceremony Three: 2:15 PM

Admission Tickets

Each student signing up for the quarter will receive 4 guest tickets. Seating in the PAC, Mainstage is limited. It is highly recommended that your guests arrive early as seating is first come, first served. 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.

We do not sell tickets for commencement. If there are extra tickets for a ceremony, we will distribute 1 ticket per graduate at the ticket booth an hour and a half before each ceremony on a first come, first served basis. Please remember that comfortable seating is also available in the PAC Concert Hall via a live feed.

Guests with wheelchair and mobility limitations have extremely limited seating due to the design of the PAC Mainstage. Designated areas have been reserved for these guests but space is on a first come, first serve basis. When wheelchair seating is full in the PAC, Mainstage, guests will be directed to seating in the PAC, Concert Hall. Ushers will assist guests with seating.

Please note that no food and drink are allowed in the PAC, this includes the Concert Hall and Mainstage.

Winter Ceremony 2017 (March 18) - Completed

  • Ceremony One - 9:00 AM
  • Ceremony Two- 12:00 PM
  • Ceremony Three - 3:00 PM

Reservations

The Commencement Reservation Form can be found online sometime after the first day of classes. The deadline for making your reservation is February 10th. Reservations received after 5 PM on February 10th will be assessed a $20 late handling fee.

Ceremony One - 9:00A, Performing Arts Center, Mainstage (PAC) (Procession begins 15 minutes prior to the ceremony)

  • College of Fine and Performing Arts
  • Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
    • American Cultural Studies Program
  • Huxley College of the Environment
  • Woodring College of Education

Ceremony Two - 12:00P, Performing Arts Center, Mainstage (PAC) (Procession begins 15 minutes prior to the ceremony)
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • College of Business and Economics
  • The Graduate School

Ceremony Three - 3:00P, Performing Arts Center, Mainstage (PAC) (Procession begins 15 minutes prior to the ceremony)
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Apparel & Tickets Pickup (Photo ID required*)

Apparel & Tickets - Senior Celebration, Thursday, March 16th, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Viking Union Multi Purpose Room (VU MPR).

Apparel on Commencement Day - 7:30 AM -3:00 PM, VU MPR at the Alumni Table

Tickets on Commencement Day - PAC Ticket Booth will open an hour and a half before each ceremony.

  • Ceremony One: 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM
  • Ceremony Two: 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Ceremony Three: 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

If you have questions about picking up your apparel, contact staff at WWU Alumni Association at 360-650-3353.

*Please be prepared to present photo ID to pick up tickets. If you are unable to pick up your tickets, a friend may do so for you. You must provide your friend with a signed note that states the name of the person who is to pick up the tickets. The named person must present his or her photo ID.

Graduate Lineup/Name Cards on Commencement Day

Bachelor’s and Master's Candidates - Pick up your name card at posts marked by college in the VU MPR.

Line ups begin at:

  • Ceremony One: 8:15 AM
  • Ceremony Two: 11:15 AM
  • Ceremony Three: 2:15 PM

Admission Tickets

Each student signing up for the quarter will receive 4 guest tickets. Seating in the PAC, Mainstage is limited. It is highly recommended that your guests arrive early as seating is first come, first served. 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.

We do not sell tickets for commencement. If there are extra tickets for a ceremony, we will distribute 1 ticket per graduate at the ticket booth an hour and a half before each ceremony on a first come, first served basis. Please remember that comfortable seating is also available in the PAC Concert Hall via a live feed.

Guests with wheelchair and mobility limitations have extremely limited seating due to the design of the PAC Mainstage. Designated areas have been reserved for these guests but space is on a first come, first serve basis. When wheelchair seating is full in the PAC, Mainstage, guests will be directed to seating in the PAC, Concert Hall. Ushers will assist guests with seating.

Please note that no food and drink are allowed in the PAC, this includes the Concert Hall and Mainstage.

Spring Ceremonies 2017 (June 10) - Completed

    Carver Academic Building - 4 tickets per graduate

  • Ceremony One: 9:00AM
    • College of Business and Economics
    • College of Fine and Performing Arts
    • Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Huxley College of the Environment
    • University Interdisciplinary Studies
      • American Cultural Studies
      • Canadian American Studies
      • Energy Policy and Management
    • The Graduate School

  • Ceremony Two: 12:30PM
    • Woodring College of Education
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences (Humanities Departments)
      • Communication Studies
      • East Asian Studies
      • English
      • History
      • Journalism
      • Liberal Studies
      • Linguistics
      • Modern & Classical Languages
      • Multiple Disciplinary Studies
      • Philosophy
    • The Graduate School

  • Ceremony Three: 4:00PM - Ceremony Three is FULL. No more tickets can be issued.
    • College of Science and Engineering
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences (Social Sciences Departments)
      • Anthropology
      • Communication Sciences and Disorders
      • Health and Human Development
      • Political Science
      • Psychology
      • Sociology
    • The Graduate School

Reservations

The Commencement Reservation Form can be found online the first week of the quarter. The deadline for making your reservation is May 5th. Reservations received after 5pm on May 5th will be assessed a $20 late handling fee and tickets cannot be guaranteed if a ceremony fills.

Apparel & Tickets Pickup (Photo ID required*)

Apparel & Tickets - Graduation Celebration, Wednesday and Thursday, June 7 & 8, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM, VU MPR

Apparel on Commencement Day - 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM, at the Alumni Tent in Red Square

Tickets on Commencement Day - The Carver Ticket Booth will open an hour and a half before each ceremony.

  • Ceremony One: 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM
  • Ceremony Two: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Ceremony Three: 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

If you have questions about picking up your apparel, contact staff at WWU Alumni Association at 360-650-3353.

*Please be prepared to present photo ID to pick up tickets. If you are unable to pick up your tickets, a friend may do so for you. You must provide your friend with a signed note that states the name of the person who is to pick up the tickets. The named person must present his or her photo ID.

Graduate Lineup/Name Cards on Commencement Day

Bachelor’s and Master's Candidates - Pick up your name card at posts marked by college in Red Square on Bond Hall post columns.

Line ups begin at:

  • Ceremony One: 8:15 AM
  • Ceremony Two: 11:45 AM
  • Ceremony Three: 3:15 PM

Admission Tickets

Each student signing up for the quarter will receive 4 guest tickets. Seating in the Carver Gymnasium is limited. It is highly recommended that your guests arrive early as seating is first come, first served. 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.

We do not sell tickets for commencement. If there are extra tickets for a ceremony, we will distribute 1 ticket per graduate at the ticket booth an hour and a half before each ceremony on a first come, first served basis. Please know that comfortable seating is available in the SMATE building for guests without tickets. We will stream a live feed into the lecture halls of this building. THERE WILL BE NO EXTRA TICKETS FOR CEREMONY THREE - please plan accordingly.

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

Summer Ceremony 2017 (August 19)

    Carver Academic Facility- No tickets required

  • Ceremony: 10:00 AM

Reservations

The Commencement Reservation Form can be found online after June 30. The deadline for making your reservation is July 21st. Reservations received after 5 PM on July 21st will be assessed a $20 late handling fee.

Apparel Pickup

Apparel - Graduation Celebration | Thursday, August 17th | Time: 12 PM-3 PM | Location: VU 565.

Apparel on Commencement Day - Saturday, August 19th | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM | Alumni Tent in Red Square.

If you have questions about picking up your apparel, contact staff at WWU Alumni Association at 360-650-3353.

Graduate Lineup/Name Cards on Commencement Day

Bachelor's and Master's Candidates - Pick up your name card at posts marked by college in Red Square on Bond Hall post columns.

Line ups begin at: 9:15 AM

Additional Ceremony Information

Fall/Winter Commencement Procession- The ceremony begins with the Academic Procession from the Viking Union Multi-Purpose Room to the Performing Arts Center 15 minutes prior to the ceremony.

The program begins with the President's greeting, the National Anthem, introductions, opening remarks, student address, commencement address, graduate degrees, and baccalaureate degrees.

Master’s Candidates

(Graduate School commencement staff will demonstrate folding and presentation procedures for your hood prior to the ceremony on commencement day.)

  1. The marshal at the left will signal an entire row to rise and move to the left.
  2. Proceed toward the platform and hand your hood to the graduate faculty member.
  3. Turn your back to the faculty member and remove your cap.
  4. After the hood is placed over your head, replace your cap and continue to the platform.
  5. Hand name card to the Dean who will read your name.
  6. Proceed across the platform, shake hands with the President, who will hand you your diploma cover.
  7. Leave the platform and walk down the outside aisle to your row and take your seat.

Bachelor’s Candidates

  1. The marshal at the left will signal an entire row to rise. Move to the left and proceed to the platform.
  2. Hand name card to the Dean who will read your name.
  3. Proceed across the platform, shake hands with the President, who will hand you your diploma cover.
  4. Leave the platform and return to your seat at the direction of the marshal.

Rehearsal

There is no commencement rehearsal.

Memory Walk

Memory Walk has been a commencement tradition since 1912. Each year, a stone representing the graduating class is laid in the sidewalk that runs parallel to the façade of Old Main, Western’s first building. Beneath each of these class stones lie time capsules. The time capsule containing memorabilia for the academic year is buried at the end of summer quarter. Paving the way to Memory Walk are thousands of individually personalized bricks. Purchased by Western alumni, families, and friends commemorating their time at Western over the past 100 years, these bricks support Western students and alumni through scholarships and various programs. Bricks may be ordered through Western Alumni Association.

Fall & Winter Ceremonies

Graduates take part in an indoor Memory Walk included in the recession after the ceremony.

Spring & Summer Ceremonies

Graduates take part in an outdoor Memory Walk included in the recession to Old Main.

Graduation Honors for the Ceremony

Graduation honors (magna cum laude and cum laude) are determined by using the honors GPA for coursework through the previous quarter and apply to first undergraduate degrees only. Undergraduates who earn academic honors and are attending the ceremony will be given gold cords when picking up their commencement tickets.

Page Updated 07.31.2017