New Graduates

Welcome to the WUAA

Congratulations on graduating from Willamette! While you've accomplished a great deal in your time at WU, your lifetime of learning is just beginning as a member of the Willamette University Alumni Association (WUAA)! The second you received your diploma, you gained admission and access to an incredibly vast and resourceful network that is more than 25,000 Bearcats strong.

You may be asking…“What’s in it for me?”

Online Ways to Connect With Other Bearcats and More

Willamette Switchboard is a direct link to your Bearcat network where you can "ask" for what you need and "offer" what you have within the WU community, and the Pocket Compass app allows you to access the alumni directory on your mobile device. Visit our Online Tools page to learn more about these great networking tools. Also, be sure to connect with the WUAA on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Worried about medical insurance? You can access short term medical insurance through GradMed.

Still in Salem? Receive special rates on access to the Sparks Center, Hatfield Library, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, and the Academic Listener program.

Connections to the University

We want you to brag about your successes, and show future and present Bearcats the contributions you make. You could be featured in the Willamette Magazine (published three times per year), or on the website! But, to make that happen, you have to keep us in the loop. How? 1. Register for The Compass and enter your current contact information, 2. Send your current email (your Willamette email expires one year after graduation) phone number and address to, 3. Send class notes to be published in the magazine to Class notes can highlight anything, from a new job to a new baby. This way, we can keep you connected through a wide variety of communications, including email and print invitations to specific events in your area, and to the annual celebration Alumni Weekend.

A Voice That Matters

The WUAA exists for you. The WUAA Board is the organization's governing body which consists of a maximum of 36 members, representing alumni from all classes, but the WUAA is yours. The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations exists to empower you. Many local chapters exist, including ones in Portland, the Puget Sound Area, Southern California, the Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, Salem and the Willamette Valley and New York. Want to start a new chapter or organize an event in your area? The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations can provide the support you need to make it happen. 

Opportunities to Continue Living the Motto

There are many ways to give back to the WU community besides making a financial gift, but we will certainly take those, too! As a Willamette alumnus, there are many ways to make an impact. You can be a Career Advisor, organize your five-year reunion, become a Class Ambassador, organize alumni gatherings in your area, reply to a student who reaches out, mentor someone from your affinity group or act as an admissions ambassador. Simply fill out the form to learn more about the various volunteer opportunities.

We're glad you’re a part of our lifelong family of Bearcats, a family that includes accomplished business people, public servants, artists, Nobel Prize winners and people all over the world embodying WU's motto, "Not unto ourselves alone are we born." We welcome you and hope you will connect with us!