Commonly known on campus as "OD," Opening Days is more than an orientation program; it's a warm and welcoming initiation to the Willamette community. New students will get the opportunity to participate in activities, make new friends, ask questions of current students and scope out the beautiful and inviting Willamette University campus. Family and friends are also encouraged to attend and experience Opening Days alongside their WU student.
At Family Weekend, parents, grandparents and siblings will get a glimpse into life at Willamette University and experience what it is to be a Bearcat. Families will sit in on classes, meet faculty and staff members, and attend sports, theatre and music events. Visitors will also have time to explore local Willamette Valley attractions, such as Silver Falls State Park and nearby wineries.
Commencement is an opportunity for family, friends and the Willamette community to celebrate the completion of a Willamette University academic program. Willamette holds three commencement ceremonies in May for the College of Liberal Arts, College of Law and Atkinson Graduate School of Management, and one in June for the Graduate School of Education. Commencement should not be confused with graduation, a term that refers to the actual fulfillment of degree requirements and credits resulting in a diploma being processed. Rather, it is a time to celebrate, reflect and prepare for the road ahead. For commencement information specific to a particular school, click one of the links below.
Parents are invited to join alumni for events near and far! Engage with the WU Alumni Association and encourage your student to do the same before graduation.
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