black and white photo of crowd with graduates all in cap and gowns.

December Commencement

We are planning to invite students who graduated during the pandemic to join us for an in-person ceremony in December 2022. We are excited to be planning in-person commencement for June of this year, but we are still approaching it with some caution as COVID restrictions are just starting to be lifted. Please visit our website or contact us in September for more information.

To be eligible to participate in the December ceremony, a student must have graduated or have completed the graduation application no later than November 4. Graduates who will be completing degrees from more than one college will have the opportunity to pick which college ceremony they will attend. If a graduate requires accommodation for religious observance, they should complete the reservation form and then email the graduation team at Commencement@wwu.edu.

Your college is determined by your major. If you do not know your college, please find the list of majors here. If you have more than one major, or degree, from different colleges, please find information about your options on the commencement eligibility page.

Masters and doctorate candidates from the Graduate School will be hooded in the ceremony associated with the college their degree is listed under in the Programs of Study section of the online catalog.

Ceremony Information

Graduate Reservations

Reservations are required to attend commencement.

Ceremony Day Information

Where to be and when on your ceremony day.

Graduate Slides

Graduate Slides will be published on website in December. Make a reservation to receive a Graduate Slide.

Memory Walk

Graduates are invited to leave items reflective of their time at Western in the time capsule.

Student protocols for attending commencement.

Ceremony Accessibility

Accessibility accommodations for graduates and guests.

 

Parking and Shuttle Service

Commencement ceremonies are held in Carver Gym, which is located in the middle of campus. Find parking and shuttle options here.

Cap & Gown

All graduates participating in commencement must wear the regalia appropriate to their degree. This graduation regalia is available to purchase from the WWU AS Bookstore website.

Campus Dining and Retail Hours

Information about when food and gift locations will be open during commencement weekend.

Commencement Photography

Professional photographers will be taking photos throughout the ceremonies. Students can sign up to receive any photos taken of graduates which can be purchased.

Guest Viewing Options

In-person and online viewing information.

2021 Ceremony Photographs

The Grad Team Graduation Photography has added all commencement photos to their website. 

View proofs here.