FAQ - College of Liberal Arts Commencement
- Where can I park?
- Are tickets needed for Commencement?
- How early can we reserve seats?
- Where can I get a good photo of my graduate?
- How long is the College of Liberal Arts Commencement?
- What should parents and guests wear?
- Will the ceremony be filmed?
- Where can we purchase food and beverages on campus during Commencement day?
- Where can we purchase flowers for our graduate?
All Willamette University parking lots are open and available for guests attending Commencement ceremonies except the Visitors Parking Lot (corner of Bellevue and Winter streets), which is reserved for handicapped parking. Guests should also not park in permanent reserved spaces, marked with green signs at the specific parking spaces. Street parking is available free of charge around the perimeter of Willamette University and the State Capitol. [ Parking information ][back to top]
Tickets are needed for the Atkinson Graduate School of Management Commencement ceremony. No tickets are needed for the College of Liberal Arts or College of Law Commencement ceremonies, and students are not limited in the number of guests they can bring.[back to top]
Willamette University allows reserved seating one hour prior to any ceremony. One person must remain with their reserved seats at all times.[back to top]
During Commencement, we ask that family members do not approach the stage to take pictures. The University has contracted with professional photographers to take photos of all graduates as they receive their diplomas. Prior to Commencement, a staff member from John Dutton Photography will have the graduate fill out a form with pertinent information. Following Commencement, orders for these photos may be placed online directly with the photographer, John Dutton.[back to top]
If you are making dinner or airplane reservations, please remember that the ceremony lasts approximately three hours, ending around 6 p.m. In addition, it can take more time than expected for graduates, family members and friends to reunite and exit campus.[back to top]
The College of Liberal Arts ceremony is outside under a large tent in the Quad. It is always cooler under the tent than it is outside of the tent. If it is a cool day, you should bring a jacket and perhaps a blanket, especially for senior guests. Most parents and grandparents dress in comfortable business attire.[back to top]
A Commencement DVD will be available following Commencement. [ Order online ][back to top]
Bon Appetit caters an elegant and popular brunch available in Goudy Commons from 11:30 – 1:45 p.m. for College of Liberal Arts students and their parents. The Bistro offers coffee and small snacks from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Willamette Store offers sodas and convenience store items from 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.[back to top]
The Willamette Store, located on the first floor of the University Center, sells flowers on graduation day, including leis and roses.[back to top]