Commencement 2020

On May 17, the Willamette community honored more than 500 new alumni with virtual celebrations for the Class of 2020. Watch them here.

College of Arts and Sciences Class of 2020 Celebration

Atkinson Graduate School of Management Class of 2020 Celebration


College of Law Class of 2020 Celebration


A Message to the Class of 2020 from College of Arts and Sciences Faculty and Staff


A Message to the College of Law Class of 2020 from Faculty, Staff, Alumni and the Oregon State Bar


Baccalaureate Video

Each year, members of the senior class gather and create a baccalaureate service, an occasion for reflection and celebration. This year the members of the baccalaureate planning committee have chosen the theme “Communities of Resilience.” This video (in place of the service) offers perspectives from the graduates about how those communities have supported and empowered them during their time at Willamette.

Upcoming Programs

Stream a selection of live events and recorded content, including guest lectures, faculty-led webinars and more.

College Search Series Part 1: Top 10 Ways to Maximize your Summer Break

Sue Corner '90

Director of Recruitment, Willamette University

The summer months — particularly those following the sophomore and junior years in high school — can be key opportunities for organizing and making progress in a student’s college search. As summer begins, this session will explore the top ten ways students might be supported and encouraged to use their summer months wisely as they plan and prepare themselves for the college search process.

Date and Time

June 3, 2020

6–7:20 PM PST

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The Evolution of Willamette’s Architectural and Natural Landscape

Dr. William F. Willingham '66

Curious to know how Willamette’s campus evolved from a single building in a field to the beautiful setting we appreciate today? Come hear public historian Dr. William F. Willingham ’66 share information gathered while researching Willamette’s architectural and natural landscape for his book "Collegiate Architecture and Landscape in the West: Willamette University, 1842-2012."

Date and Time

June 16, 2020

6–7:20 PM PDT

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College Search Series Part 2: Organizing a Balanced and Effective College Search

Sue Corner '90

Director of Recruitment, Willamette University

The college search has become a fairly stressful and harried pursuit for many students and families - but it doesn’t have to be. This session will look at the retention theory that should set all students up to find not just a place where they can gain admission, but a place where they will thrive. The most common ways to narrow a search will be presented and college search activities like the campus visit, the admission interview, and even consideration of a gap year will also be discussed.

Date and Time

July 15, 2020

6–7:20 PM PST

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College Search Series Part 3: Pitfalls and Opportunities in the College Application

Sue Corner '90

Director of Recruitment, Willamette University

Early decision versus early action, test-optional choices and test prep vendors, academic rigor and co-curricular involvement - what does it all mean? This session will clarify some of the terms used in the world of admission and discuss the components of a typical college application. After years of reading thousands of college applications, Sue will share the most common pitfalls applicants fall into and offer advice about maximizing the application to present yourself in the most effective and authentic way.

Date and Time

August 12, 2020

6–7:20 PM PST

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The Effects of Marijuana on the Brain

Dr. Daniel Nicoli

The Effects of Marijuana on the Brain is a presentation by Dr. Daniel Nicoli, a psychiatrist working in Willamette's Clinical Law program through OHSU's forensic psychiatry program. This webinar presentation is a result of popular demand from the original lecture given on campus in March 2020.

Date and Time

Coming Soon!

37 Years of Choral Music at Willamette University

Dr. Wallace Long Jr.

Former Director of Choral Activities, Willamette University

From "Consecrate the Day" to the "Nunc Dimittus" join us for an informal interview with Dr. Wallace Long Jr., former Director of Choral activities. We'll reminisce about highlights during his time at Willamette, the impact the choral program had on both Wallace and his former students and what's next.

Be a Backyard Naturalist

David Craig

Professor of Biology, Willamette University

In this conversation, our "Willamette Naturalist," Professor of Biology, and Co-director of Willamette's Science Collaborative Research Program, shares his thoughts on being a backyard naturalist, remote teaching, and other topics.

Recent Videos

Watch recently produced video content from across campus.

Biotechnology in the time of COVID-19

Dara Wright '97 & Professor Karen McFarlane Holman '90

Professor of Chemistry Karen McFarlane Holman '90 is joined by Dara Wright. Dara is a Willamette University graduate from the Class of 1997 and currently serves as the EVP and President of the Clinical Diagnostics Group at Bio-Rad Laboratories. She is an experienced biotechnology leader with a demonstrated track record of commercial success in both research and clinical sectors.

We talk to Dara about the role her company is playing in the efforts to detect the immune response to SARS-Cov-2 and how her time at Willamette helped prepare her for the role she holds now.

Originally posted May 14, 2020


Adapting to a New Reality in the Workplace

Sandi Collins Hildreth '93

Sandi Collins Hildreth '93 is the Global Human Resources Director for Wieden+Kennedy, the world's largest remaining independent advertising agency. Sandi joins us to talk about her 26 years of experience in human resources and how the COVID-19 crisis is changing the way we work. She also shares important advice for new graduates who are facing a job market shaped by COVID.

Originally posted May 12, 2020


Not unto ourselves alone

Karen Wood

University Chaplain

Willamette University chaplain Karen Wood joins us to talk about the history of Willamette's convocation tradition, a day in the life of a chaplain and her work serving the community through mindfulness and spiritual development.

Originally Posted April 27, 2020


Supporting Students Through the COVID-19 Crisis

Carol Long

Provost and Senior Vice President

Tiffany Newton, director of graduate alumni engagement, spoke with Carol Long, provost and senior vice president, about the challenges and opportunities facing Willamette University's faculty, staff and students as they adjust to remote instruction in the time of COVID-19.

Originally Posted April 13, 2020


Teaching and Learning at Willamette

Karen Arabas

Professor of Environmental Science and the Associate Director of the Sustainability Institute

Karen Arabas is a Professor of Environmental Science and the Associate Director of the Sustainability Institute. She earned her PhD at Penn State University and her research interests center on both theoretical questions regarding forest ecology and biogeography, as well as the application of theory to managing and restoring forests. Karen focuses on both natural and human disturbances to forests, and she uses tree rings to help interpret past disturbances and their impacts on forests, such as fire, climate and competition.

In this conversation, we talk about Karen's recent study abroad program with Willamette University students in Northern Ireland, Willamette at Zena, what we can learn from studying tree rings, former students doing noteworthy work, and what Karen likes most about teaching at Willamette.

Originally Posted April 13, 2020


Shtick to Business

Dr. Peter McGraw

Dr. Peter McGraw is a behavioral economist, sought after professional speaker, and global expert in the scientific study of humor. He directs The Humor Research Lab (HuRL), hosts the podcast I’M NOT JOKING, and is the co-author of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny. McGraw is a professor of marketing and psychology at the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business. He teaches MBA courses for the University of Colorado Boulder, University of California San Diego, and London Business School. His work has been covered by BBC, CNN, NPR, Wired, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review.

His most recent book was released April Fools Day 2020 and is called Shtick to Business: What the Masters of Comedy can Teach You about Breaking Rules, Being Fearless, and Building a Serious Career.

Originally Posted April 9, 2020


A Conversation with "Mr. Willamette"

Jim Booth '64

In this interview, we spend some time with "Mr. Willamette" as he reminisces about life as a student, hall of fame athlete and work in University Advancement including his time as Director of Alumni Relations and Coordinator for the Bearcat Travel program.


Willamette Faculty Weigh in on COVID-19

Expert faculty members from across the Willamette campus provide insights and perspectives on various dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis.

Jim Friedrich

Professor of Psychology

Mike Hand

Dean of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Yan Liang

Economics Department Chair

Kelley Strawn

Associate Professor of Sociology

Originally Posted March 30, 2020

Stay at Home Yoga

Mikki Trowbridge '07

Mikki helps the Willamette community to stay active with free yoga sessions that you can do from the comfort of your own living room. Grab your yoga mat and tune in. We'll keep this page updated with future sessions.


Feel-Good Flow (35 mins)

Want more yoga?

Check out Mikki's YouTube channel.

Catching up with Coaches Series

See below for a new interview series featuring Willamette coaches, hosted by Chris Sabato, assistant athletics director, media.


Lily Hallock, Volleyball

Sarah Lautenbach, Women's Lacrosse

 Brent Summers, Swimming

Aaron Swick, Baseball

Paige Hall, Softball


How to Work Remotely

Jonathan Scrimenti, Assistant Director of Career Management at the Atkinson School of Management, talks about something that many of us have been experiencing for the first time: working remotely and perhaps managing others who are doing the same. In this session Jonathan shares some current research and models of how trust and communication intersect for remote employees. Later he also shares some helpful tips for making the most of working from home.

Originally Posted March 27, 2020


Business Lawyering at Willamette

Karen Sandrik, Associate Professor of Law, Co-Director of the Business Lawyering Institute, speaks at the Alumni Board of Directors Meeting about how the Business Lawyering Institute at the Willamette College of Law is bringing new skills into the law curriculum. She also discusses collaboration with community partners to prepare law students to leaders.

Originally Recorded February 29, 2020


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