Spring Commencement 2021

commencement wooden podium

Spring Commencement

June Commencement - Saturday, June 12, 2021

Spring graduates are invited to attend a virtual event on Saturday, June 12, 2021. 


Ceremony Times  

Find the college your major is in to determine ceremony time.

Ceremony One: June 12, 2021 9:00 a.m. PT 

  • College of Business and Economics 

  • Huxley College of the Environment 

  • The Graduate School – all masters and doctoral degrees 

Ceremony Two: June 12, 2021 11:00 a.m. PT 

  • College of Fine and Performing Arts 

  • College of Science and Engineering 

  • Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies 

  • University Interdisciplinary Studies 

  • Woodring College of Education 

Ceremony Three: June 12, 2021 1:00 p.m. PT 

  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences 

Commencement Reservations

If you plan to participate in the June virtual event, please make a RESERVATION. Reservations can only be made by eligible students. If you have questions about logging onto the site, please email commencement@wwu.edu. Making a reservation will ensure that a student's name is read during the ceremony and that they have the opportunity to be highlighted in the ceremony.

Priority reservation deadline - Sunday, April 25. Once you make a reservation, you will have until May 14 to edit it. 

Final reservation deadline - Friday, May 14. 

Students with reservations before April 25 will have the opportunity to submit a personal video for the ceremony. Additionally, if students order regalia by the priority deadline, the items will most likely arrive by the end of the quarter.

The final deadline to make a reservation is Friday, May 14. 

Graduation Cap & Gown

Before ordering a cap, gown, tassel, and/or graduation hood (for master's and doctorate candidates), graduating students should first make a commencement reservation to ensure their participation in our event.

Students can order apparel and graduation items through the Alumni Association.

Gifts for Grads

The A.S Bookstore has diploma frames and other Western gear to celebrate graduates.

A local Bellingham flower company, Pozie by Natalie, offers custom graduation flower arrangements as a gift for graduates located in Bellingham. 

Watching the Event

Over the coming months, the commencement team is working on a custom June Commencement event site. The website will host the commencement premiere, along with other commencement pieces. When the website goes live we will post the link here and we will email it to all students and graduates.

The site can be shared and viewed by any guest. We hope you are able to celebrate your accomplishments by viewing the event.

In-Person Invitations for Graduates with Virtual Events

All graduates who experienced postponed or virtual events have been invited back to campus when we resume in-person ceremonies. An opportunity to walk in a ceremony on campus will be available when we know it is once again safe to hold large in-person events. We will contact graduates through their external email on file when we have options available. We will also post information on our commencement website so please continue to check back. At this time we are unable to predict when we can offer in-person ceremonies again. 

Contact the Commencement Team

The commencement team is currently working remotely. Email is the best form of communication at this time.

Email: Commencement@wwu.edu

Phone: 360-650-3701