Commencement

May 17, 2020

College of Liberal Arts College of Law Atkinson Graduate School of Management 

Willamette University holds three commencement ceremonies in May for the College of Liberal Arts, College of Law and Atkinson Graduate School of Management. 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. If you have fulfilled your requirements for graduation, you will receive your diploma during the commencement ceremony. If you have not fulfilled your graduation requirements by commencement weekend, you will receive your diploma by mail.

Interactive map of Commencement information

Do I need tickets for commencement?

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.

How do I know if I am eligible for commencement?

Confirm eligibility with your respective school:

For general commencement questions, please call (503) 370-6870. We will respond to your call within one business day.

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Willamette University Commencement