FAQs for Winter Commencement

March 23, 2019 in the Carver Academic Facility

Where is a Commencement Campus Map?

Please explore our Commencement Campus Map for detailed informaiton about important event locations.

How do I get extra tickets?

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.

In the event of extra tickets, we do not sell tickets for commencement. Rather, we will distribute an additional (1 ticket) per graduate at Graduation Celebration (March 21 | 12pm-3pm | VU 565) and at the ticket booth, 75 minutes before the ceremony on a first come, first served basis. 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.

How do I sign up for the commencement ceremony?

When and where is the apparel distribution?

Graduation Celebration, Thursday, March 21st

Bachelor's & Master’s candidates at Graduation Celebration:

  • Apparel: 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
  • Location: Viking Union 565

Commencement Day, Saturday, March 23rd:

  • Apparel: 8:30 am – 9:45 am, Alumni table in SMATE near staircase.

What time is Commencement?

  • The ceremony begins at 9:45 am
  • Ticket Booth open for students & guests at 8:30 am
  • Lobby doors open for guests at 9:00 am
  • Line-up for Baccalaureate in SMATE at 9:15am
  • Master's candidates in Carver Hallway via North Entrance at 9:15 am
  • Line-up for Faculty Carver Hallway via North Entrance at 9:15 am
  • Guests should be seated in the Carver Academic Facility by 9:40 am.
  • 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.

Where do I go on graduation day?

  • Baccalaureate candidates report to SMATE.
  • Masters candidates report to Carver Hallway 100 via the North Carver Entrance (doors closest to Bond Hall).
  • Faculty report to Carver Hallway 100 via the North Carver Entrance (doors closest to Bond Hall).
  • Families/Attendees go to the Carver Academic Facility and SMATE 150 (additional viewing)  Doors open at 9:00 am.

How long will the ceremony last?

Approximately 1½ hours

Can I bring balloons and signs into the ceremony for my graduate?

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 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.

What alternative accommodations are included for guests?

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 or in the Registrar's Office, 360-650-3701. (Washington State TDD Relay Service, 800-833-6388)

We do ask that all people seating in accommodation seating have one guest accompanying him/her.

Is there a commencement rehearsal for graduates?


Where is the Lost & Found?

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.

Where can I watch the ceremony on television?

Where can I order graduation announcements and/or rings?

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.

Will there be a shuttle? If so, where does it pickup?

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.

Is special handicapped parking available and, if so, where?

What services on Campus will be open?

Bookstore (Viking Union MPR) | TBD

Food Services:

When will I receive my actual diploma?

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