Fall Commencement 2021

Fall Commencement

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

Date: Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021

Times: Ceremony One - 9:45 a.m. & Ceremony Two - 1:30 p.m. PT

Notice for Commencement

Western is excited to announce that it is planning an in-person commencement ceremony for Fall Commencement on December 11, 2021. This event is open to all summer and fall 2021 graduates. While the return is exciting, Western continues to monitor the changing pandemic conditions and operate with an abundance of caution. For that reason, there are contingency plans in place and changes should be expected throughout the quarter. Information will be updated on this website and emailed to all eligible students.

Ceremony One

  • College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Woodring College of Education
  • The Graduate School

Ceremony Two

  • College of Business & Economics
  • College of Fine & Performing Arts
  • College of Science & Engineering
  • Fairhaven Interdisciplinary College
  • Huxley College of the Environment
  • The Graduate School

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.

Student Information

Congratulations, you are ready to graduate! The first step to graduation is submitting a degree application to the Registrar's Office. Once you have done that you need to make a commencement reservation if you plan to attend. Making a reservation to attend is free and all students are required to wear a cap & gown appropriate to the degree earned. You can click on the links below to find detailed information.

Reservations are required to attend commencement. Reservation Priority deadline is Sunday, November 7.

Ceremony Day Information

Where to be and when on Saturday, 12/11. This information is still under development.

Order a cap & gown, graduation announcements, and other graduation items. The priority deadline before late fees is Sunday, Nov. 7.

Graduate Slides

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

Student protocols for attending commencement.

Student accommodation requests. For guest accommodations, find that information below.



The process and procedures for obtaining tickets is still being developed. 

Guests can view a live stream of the event on the Fall Ceremony website.

Guest Information


The process and procedures for obtaining tickets is still being developed. 


The ceremony is located in the middle of campus, find parking options here - still under development.

Disability accommodation information for guests.

In-person and online viewing information.

Ceremony Information

What you can expect from the day - ceremony length, run of show, etc. This information is still under development.

Contact the Commencement Team