Information for Students

Fall Ceremony 2017 (December 16)

Carver Academic Facility- 4 tickets/graduate

Ceremony - 10 AM

Reservations

The Commencement Reservation Form can be found online the first week of the quarter. The deadline for making your reservation is November 17. Reservations received after 5 PM on November 17 will be assessed a $20 late handling fee.

Apparel & Tickets Pickup (Photo ID required*)

Apparel & Ticket Prior to Commencement Day- Graduation Celebration | Thursday, December 14| Time: 12 PM-3 PM | Location: VU 565.

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

Apparel on Commencement Day - Saturday, December 16 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM | Alumni Tent in SMATE.

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 Candidates - Pick up your name card at posts marked by college in the SMATE Building at 9:15am.

Master's Candidates - Pick up your name card at the "Masters" location in Carver Hallway 100. Enter via the north side entrance (the doors located closest to Bond Hall) at 9:15am.

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.

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.

Winter Ceremony 2018 (March 24)

Carver Academic Facility- 4 tickets/graduate

Ceremony - 10 AM

Reservations

The Commencement Reservation Form can be found online the first week of the quarter. The deadline for making your reservation is February 16. Reservations received after 5 PM on February 16 will be assessed a $20 late handling fee.

Apparel & Tickets Pickup (Photo ID required*)

Apparel & Ticket Prior to Commencement Day- Graduation Celebration | Thursday, March 22 | Time: 12 PM-3 PM | Location: TBD

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

Apparel on Commencement Day - Saturday, March 24 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM | Alumni Tent in SMATE.

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 Candidates - Pick up your name card at posts marked by college in the SMATE Building at 9:15am.

Master's Candidates - Pick up your name card at the "Masters" location in Carver Hallway 100. Enter via the north side entrance (the doors located closest to Bond Hall) at 9:15am.

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.

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.

Spring Ceremonies 2018

Carver Academic Building

We are in the beginning stages of spring commencement planning. Official times will be announced after the new year; however, for planning purposes, graduates and their families should anticipate reserving potential commencement dates of Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16. If you have questions, please contact commencement@wwu.edu.

Reservations

The Commencement Reservation Form can be found online the first week of the quarter. The deadline for making your reservation is May 11. Reservations received after 5pm on May 11 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, TBD.

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.

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 2018 (August 25)

Carver Academic Facility- No tickets required

Ceremony: 10:00 AM

Reservations

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

Apparel Pickup

Apparel - Graduation Celebration | Thursday, August 23 | TBD

Apparel on Commencement Day - Saturday, August 25 | 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 SMATE Building to the Carver Academic Facility 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.)

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

Bachelor’s Candidates

  • The marshal at the left will signal an entire row to rise. Move to the left and proceed to the platform.
  • Hand name card to the Dean who will read your name.
  • Proceed across the platform, shake hands with the President, who will hand you your diploma cover.
  • 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.