Summer Commencement 2020

commencement wooden podium with tassles

Summer Commencement

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Virtual Event | Time 12:00 P.M. PDT

The Registrar’s Office and the Western community invite all summer and fall graduates, and guests, to participate in a virtual commencement on Saturday, December 12 at 11:40 a.m. (preshow) | 12:00 p.m. (ceremony start). 

Commencement Reservations

Any graduate who plans to attend the event will need to make a reservation – priority deadline of Friday, October 23. This will ensure that a graduate's name is read during the event. When making a reservation, graduates will have the opportunity to provide a preferred name, photo, thank you note, and audio recording of their name. These items will then be used to create a graduate slide that will be used in our ceremony during the name reading portion of the event. 

Graduation Cap & Gown

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

After a reservation is made, a student 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.

Streaming the Event

We are currently developing our official event website. When this is created, we will post a link here (and share it via student email).  The link can be shared with all guests. We plan to have this up later in October. 

Future In-Person Celebrations

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.


Phone: 360-650-3701