Fall leaves colored blue and green

New Student Convocation


Western kicks off the academic year with the official welcoming ceremony, New Student Convocation. This formal ceremony introduces new students to academic life at Western and is the first assembling of the new academic 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

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. – Doors open at 9:30 a.m.


Analog Brass


Sabah Randhawa, President

National Anthem

Allie Orozco

Welcome from Western

Sabah Randhawa, President

Melynda Huskey, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services

Lysa Rivera, Faculty Senate President

Brad Johnson, Provost and Executive Vice President

Keara Ryan, Student Trustee

Closing Remarks

Melynda Huskey, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services

Alma Mater

Lily Guthrie backed by the string quartet featuring Anya Petroff (violin), Daniel Kolb (viola), Evan Cobb (cello), and Helen Koenig (violin).


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.

Event 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.

2022 Convocation Recording