Winter Commencement 2021

WWU college banners with balloon saying we did it

Winter Commencement

June Commencement - Saturday, June 12, 2021

Winter 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 Event Website

As of March 15, the commencement website is viewable with winter graduate slides. The ceremony will be hosted on this website and information will be updated on June 1 with all student slides and more ceremony details.

Commencement Reservations

If you plan to participate in the June virtual event, please make a RESERVATION. Reservations can only be made by eligible students, for 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.

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.


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.

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

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