FAQ - Atkinson Graduate School of Management Commencement

If you are NOT planning on participating in the commencement activities, please notify Karen Arthur at karthur@willamette.edu or 503-370-6850. It is very important that we are aware of your plans to attend Commencement or request your degree in absentia.

  1. Graduation Announcements
  2. Cap, Gown, Hood and Tassel
  3. Are tickets needed for Commencement?
  4. How early can we reserve seats?
  5. Where can I get a good photo of my graduate?
  6. Commencement Photos
  7. Brunch
  8. Lodging Accommodations
  9. ADA Accommodations
  10. Student Housing
  11. Maps and Directions to Campus

1. Graduation Announcements

You will be provided ten complimentary Atkinson Commencement Ceremony announcements. In addition, if you would like to order personalized graduation announcement products from Jostens, please go to their website at http://shop.jostens.com/customer.asp?CID=183499 or call 1-800-488-2173.


2. Cap, Gown, Hood and Tassel

Your regalia will be available at the Willamette Store (under your name) the week prior to graduation. A $50 commencement fee has been applied to your student account that covers regalia rental. If you are not participating in the ceremony, your fee will be returned to your student account.

NOTE: Joint Degrees will wear Law regalia to both ceremonies, switching off the hoods at each event. Be sure to pick up both the MBA and Law hoods with your Law regalia. At the conclusion of your ceremony, all graduate/professional school hoods, Law caps, gowns and hoods are to be returned to the Willamette Store. MBA graduates may keep your mortarboard and tassel.


3. Are tickets needed for Commencement?

No tickets are required. The Atkinson Graduate School of Management ceremony will be held on the Willamette University Quad in a covered outdoor seating area with ample seating for your guests.

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4. How early can we reserve seats?

Willamette University allows reserved seating one hour prior to any ceremony. Access to the covered seating area will begin at 8:00 a.m. One person must remain with their reserved seats at all times.


5. Where can I get a good photo of my graduate?

During Commencement, we ask that family members do not approach the stage to take pictures. The University has contracted with professional photographers from GradImages to take photos of all graduates. These photos capture the moment graduates shake hands with President Thorsett and receive their diploma, along with portrait shots of the graduates as they exit the stage.


6. Commencement Photos

GradImages will contact you about your proofs after the ceremony through your school email address. You may pre-register to receive discounts on your pictures by clicking on this link: Willamette Photos

To contact GradImages or learn more about their service, please call (800) 261-2576 or visit http://www.gradimages.com/.


7. Brunch

MBA graduates will receive two complimentary tickets to the Atkinson brunch on Sunday, May 17. Additional tickets may be purchased online from March 23 through May 8 at 5 p.m., or at the door on Commencement day.


8. Lodging Accommodations

Where to stay in Salem

Phoenix Grand Hotel, 201 Liberty Street SE, located less than ½ mile from campus. Phone 503-540-7800 or 1-877-540-7800, or check out their website at www.phoenixgrandhotel.com. To receive the corporate rate, use the password WUTC when booking your reservation. Restaurant/lounge, indoor pool and jacuzzi, fitness center, complimentary breakfast, covered parking, room service and high speed internet.


9. ADA Accommodations

http://www.willamette.edu/events/commencement/cla/ada/index.html

Upon request Willamette University will provide sign language interpreters and/or attempt to make accommodations for any other disabilities. If you need these services, please contact the Office of Scheduling at 503-375-5442 a minimum of one month prior to Commencement Weekend.


10. Student Housing

Graduates who live in University housing may remain in their rooms through noon on Monday, May 18th. No on-campus housing will be available for parents.


11. Maps and Directions to Campus

Directions to Campus and Campus Map