FAQ - College of Law 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 Law Commencement?
- What should parents and guests wear?
- Where can we purchase food and beverages on campus during Commencement day?
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 not needed for the ceremonies and students are not limited in the number of guests they may bring. However, Willamette does not allow reserved seating prior to one hour before any ceremony.[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 lunch or airplane reservations, please remember that the ceremony lasts approximately two hours, ending around 1:00 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 Law 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]
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]