Commencement: You've been waiting a long time for this day
By Kristi VanHerweg
Intern, WWU University Communications and Marketing
How long have you been waiting for this moment?
Photo by Dan Levine
If your student is graduating this spring, you may be jumping off the walls with excitement, holding their baby blanket and crying, or both.
This is normal.
Regardless of how you feel about your studentís graduation, here are answers to five questions you may be asking yourself:
When and where is my studentís ceremony?
Spring commencement is on Saturday, June 15. There will be three graduation ceremonies held in Carver Gymnasium on Western Washington Universityís campus.
The first ceremony, at 9 a.m., is for students from the College of Business & Economics, College of Fine & Performing Arts, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Huxley College of the Environment.
The second ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. for the College of Humanities & Social Sciences (Humanities departments) and Woodring College of Education.
The third ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. for the College of Humanities & Social Sciences (Social Science departments) and College of Sciences and Technology.
Each ceremony lasts about 90 minutes.
When should I arrive at the ceremony?
Doors open one hour prior to each ceremony. Seating is on a first come, first served basis so try to arrive early. All guests should be seated in the gym AT LEAST 15 minutes before the time listed for each ceremony. The procession begins 15 minutes before the ceremony starts. All guest entrances are closed during the procession and will reopen when it is complete.
Out of respect for others and the solemnity of the occasion, graduates and guests are asked to stay for the entire ceremony.
How does my student get graduation attire?
Graduates must complete a reservation form and purchase their cap, gown, tassel, and diploma cover from the WWU Alumni Association to participate in the ceremony.
The reservation form is online. Graduates must pay a late fee to sign up for Commencement, now that the early registration deadline has passed. Graduates are adviced to sign up as soon as possible to ensure tickets are available for their loved ones to attend the ceremony.
How do I get tickets for the ceremony?
Each student who has completed the reservation form will receive four guest tickets. It may be hard to find extra tickets. However, if there are unused tickets that have been turned in, they will be available by request at the ticket booth prior to each ceremony. Tickets are required regardless of a guestís age.
There is additional viewing for guests without tickets in SMATE (the Science, Mathematics, & Technology Education building on the south side of Carver Gym). This may be a comfortable alternative for guests who have small children or those that have difficulty climbing stairs.
What will happen after the ceremony?
Once the commencement ceremony has ended, faculty and graduates will proceed to Old Main where they may deposit student identification cards, notes, photos or other memorabilia in a box which is later cemented into Memory Walk.
That box in Memory Walk probably wonít fit a baby blanket, so that bit of memorabilia is yours to keep.