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

December Commencement

2023 ceremony dates TBD - Carver Academic Facility

December 2023 Commencement

The December 2023 schedule will be finalized in mid-October with tentative dates of December 15 & 16 for ceremonies.

Ceremony Information

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.

Commencement Program

This will be available closer to the ceremony in December.

Memory Walk

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

Accessibility accommodations for graduates and guests.


Guest Information

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.

Commencement Photography

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 for assistance.

Photo Request Form

Graduate Slides

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.