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

December Commencement

Saturday, December 14, 2024

Commencement FAQ

Graduate Information

Graduates in cap and gown facing the stage


Student protocols for attending commencement.

Ceremony Day Information

When to arrive and where to go for your ceremony.

Graduate Regalia

All graduates participating in commencement must wear the regalia appropriate to their degree.

Graduate Slides

Graduate slides featuring a photo and/or a message of thanks are available for viewing the week before the ceremony for those who chose to opt-in during the reservation process. This will not include all who graduated during the ceremonies.


Diplomas are not distributed at commencement. Please read this page for more information about timeline and delivery.


Photography information will be made available closer to the event date.

Memory Walk

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

Guest Information

Crowd cheering at commencement ceremony

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.

Ceremony Accessibility

Accessibility options for graduates and guests.


Local Lodging

Bellingham and Whatcom County offer a variety of hotels for Western Washington University guests.

Graduate Gifts and Flowers

Seeking a floral arrangement for your graduate? Please follow this link to find options and further information.

Campus Dining & Retail Hours

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

Additional WWU Graduation Events

Celebrations for graduates are listed here.

Contact the Commencement Team