Fall leaves colored blue and green

New Student Convocation


Western kicks off the academic year with the official welcoming ceremony for new students, Fall 2023 Convocation. This formal ceremony introduces new students to academic life at Western and is the first assembling of the Fall 2023 entering class. Our Convocation Ceremony marks a new beginning and is the first of the formal ceremonies that frame academic life at Western. The Western community looks forward to welcoming new students to the University and commemorating their first step on their academic journey here.

President Sabah Randhawa in ceremonial dress standing at a podium


Convocation Program

Location: Carver or Online

Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. – Doors open at 9:30 a.m.


Analog Brass


Sabah Randhawa, President

National Anthem

Mia Lapingcao

Welcome from Western

Sabah Randhawa, President

Melynda Huskey, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services

Brandon Dupont, Faculty Senate President

Brad Johnson, Provost and Executive Vice President

Max Stone, Student Trustee

Closing Remarks

Melynda Huskey, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services

Alma Mater

Mia Lapingcao


Analog Brass

Alma Mater

White and Blue

Adapted by Ada Hogle Abbott    

Far above the bay's blue waters stand our own Sehome,
Guarded all around by mountains, crowned by Baker's dome.
Nestling there among the grandeur, reigns the White and Blue.
Colors of our Alma Mater, hail, all hail to you.

Here the youth from farm and seashore gather for the years,
Learning truths that shall be cherished, forming friendships dear,
Soon the ties must all be severed, but they leave with you
Happy memories and best wishes for the White and Blue.

Convocation Accommodation Requests

Inclusion is one of the core values of Western. For persons who experience a disability, this means designing events that are free of barriers so that full participation can be enjoyed by everyone.

Please email the Registrar's Office to discuss any accommodation requests.

Attend the Associate Student Info Fair after Convocation

Lots of students milling about tables in red square

Info Fair

Each year, the Associated Students of Western Washington University coordinates the AS Fall Info Fair. At the Fall Info Fair, students will learn more about the hundreds of on-campus clubs and student organizations, local businesses, and campus organizations that work closely to support student success. We look forward to seeing you at this year's Fair!