December 2023 Commencement
The December 2023 schedule will be finalized in mid-October with tentative dates of December 15 & 16 for ceremonies.
Student protocols for attending commencement.
Diplomas are not distributed at commencement. Please read this page for more information about timeline and delivery.
Ceremony Day Information
Where to be and when on your ceremony day.
This will be available closer to the ceremony in December.
Graduates are invited to leave items reflective of their time at Western in the time capsule.
Accessibility accommodations for graduates and guests.
Information about guest seating, parking, dining, and retail hours can be found here.
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.
All graduates participating in commencement must wear the regalia appropriate to their degree. This graduate regalia is available to purchase from the Western Associated Students Bookstore.
Professional photography of the December 2022 ceremony was provided by Bellingham's own Donette Studio. Graduates, friends, and family wishing to purchase photos can complete the request form below. Graduates who did not receive the link or would like it sent to an alternate email address can complete the request form below or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Graduate slides featuring a photo and/or a message of thanks are available for viewing the week before the ceremony and live for 60 days after for those who chose to opt-in during the reservation process. This will not include all who graduated during the ceremonies.