Registrar's Office

FAQs for Fall Commencement

December 14, 2019 in the Carver Academic Facility

Each student will receive 4 tickets. These tickets are used for seating in the Carver Academic Facility. We have a set number of seats in our venue and ticket numbers are based on this capacity limitation.

Due to the size of this graduating class, there will be no extra tickets for this event. Please remember comfortable seating is also available in the SMATE building - just footsteps away from Carver - where commencement will be viewed on large screens via a live feed and does not require a ticket.

Graduation Celebration, Thursday, December 12

  • Time: 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
  • Location: Viking Union 565
  • Commencement Day, Saturday, December 14:

    • Apparel: 8:30 am – 10:00 am, Alumni Tent .

  • The ceremony begins at 9:45 am
  • Lobby doors open for guests at 9:00 am
  • Line-up for Baccalaureate at 9:15am
  • Master's candidates : at 9:15 am
  • Line-up for Faculty: at 9:15 am

  • Guests please be seated in the Carver Academic Facility 15 minutes before the start of each ceremony.

  • Procession begins at 9:45. The lobby doors are closed to guests during the procession. Guests need to be seated at this time. The doors will reopen to guests once the procession has completed.
    • Baccalaureate candidates report to TBD
    • Masters candidates report to TBD.
    • Faculty report to TBD.
    • Families/Attendees go to the Carver Academic Facility and SMATE 150 (additional viewing)  Doors open an hour before ceremony.

    Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

    Signs are a great way to show support for your graduate. However, we do ask that signs not be too large. A sign should not prohibit the view of other guests and should be comfortable to hold and set in front of you in the bleachers during the ceremony.

    WWU has decided balloons will not be allowed in the gymnasium of Carver Academic Facility due to the new fire alarm system. Please leave balloons in the car and feel free to bring other gifts for graduates. There will be flower and lei sales on site.

    ADA parking is available in lot 17G & 11G.

    Arrangements have been made and you do not need to contact us if your guest:

    - is unable to climb stairs

    - is in a wheelchair

    - needs sign language interpretation

    If you have questions about accommodations for guests, please contact commencement staff by email. (Washington State TDD Relay Service, 800-833-6388)

    We do ask that all people seating in accommodation seating have one guest accompanying them.

    Is there a commencement rehearsal for graduates?


    Please check with the University Police (360-650-3555) or with the Viking Union Lost & Found Office (360-650-3120). Please note that the Viking Union Lost & Found is closed during breaks. You may call at the beginning of the quarter. Most lost valuable items will go directly to the University Police after the ceremony.

    To order announcements go to the announcements page of the Alumni Association website.
    To order graduation rings go to the rings page of the Alumni Association website.

    Shuttle bus service will be available from the 12A parking lot off South College Drive. The shuttle service begins at 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM or until there is no demand. There will be one ADA equipped shuttle that will accommodate two wheelchairs per route. Guests in wheelchairs may take this shuttle or they may park in designated lots in 17G & 11G. Parking attendants will be available to assist guests with special parking needs.

    Food Services:
    The Atrium Market and Starbucks | TBD

    Bookstore | 8:30 am to 2:30 pm

    Diplomas will be mailed 6-8 weeks after the commencement ceremony.