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Commencement Planning Committee

Since our traditional commencement ceremonies have been postponed, faculty and staff have been busy trying to make the best out of a unique situation by planning special celebrations and events to make sure our graduates feel properly recognized and honored for their accomplishments.


Here are some highlights of Willamette's plans for an alternative and virtual commencement celebration: 

  • Special care packages with graduates' cap and gown have been prepared and mailed to our students in time for this weekend's celebrations.
  • The Distinguished Senior Awards, Lavender Graduation Celebration, Black and Brown Joy: A Graduation Celebration, Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony, and Baccalaureate events moved online.
  • A commencement video, customized for each school and featuring a special virtual music performance, will be posted on our website on Sunday, May 17. Please see our commencement page for information about when each video will be posted. 
  • During Sunday's celebrations (8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. PDT), graduates and community members are invited to share social media posts that will be added to the @willamette_u Instagram/Facebook story.
  • In addition, graduates will receive special messages from Willamette and the alumni community during the weekend that will hopefully encourage them and let them know that the entire Willamette community is surrounding them with good thoughts and virtual high-fives.
  • The Collegian is producing a special commencement issue that will be mailed to graduates after commencement.

For questions, please refer to Willamette's commencement website.

COVID-19 Updates

Things to Know

Featured graduate: Katie Lee '20

During a time of pain and healing, Lee’s professors and classmates inspired her to make the most of her life.

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Face masks required on campus beginning May 20

We encourage you to wear a mask immediately. Please review these guidelines and care instructions regarding the use of face masks to protect the health and safety of all on campus.

Ross Stout

Celebrate our graduates Sunday on WU's social media

Share photos and brief videos for a mega-celebration story on the @willamette_u Instagram/Facebook story from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Use #Willamette2020 on Instagram feed posts. Tag @willamette_u on your Instagram story posts. Make the posts public.

Tom Mayhall Rastrelli

Bookstore open for rental returns and book buyback

The bookstore walk-up window will take returns from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please keep the books dry.

Melinda A Hochendoner

Distinguished Senior Awards announced

Last night the Division of Student Affairs and ASWU recognized seniors for their service to the Associated Students of Willamette University.

Emily Morris

More than 130 undergraduates honored

The Willamette University College of Liberal Arts honored students’ academic achievements this week.

Office of the Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Dining services closed through summer

Services will resume in August and will look much different in order to keep you safe.

Lindsey Leisinger

Featured graduate: Emily Anderson MBA’20

Anderson used her educational experience as a springboard to a job with one of the nation’s top accounting firms.

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Mika Costello '20 excels on Willamette and NCAA SAACs

Costello's passion and leadership on Willamette's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee led to a three-year term on the national SAAC that will continue after graduation.

Robert A McKinney

Derek Ludwig '20 wins J.H. Booth Award

The award is presented annually to the senior men's student-athlete who most excelled in all areas of their Willamette career.

Robert A McKinney

Niki Kates '20 wins Jean Williams Award

The award honors the senior women's student-athlete who most excelled in all areas of their career at Willamette.

Robert A McKinney

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee elects board members

The six student-athletes will lead the SAAC in meetings and projects throughout the 2020-21 school year.

Robert A McKinney

Things to Do

May 15, 2020

Virtual Bearcat Trivia Night!

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Hosted online via Zoom

Alumni Events

Exhibition | Within and Without Senior Art Majors 2020

All Day

Arts, Hallie Ford Museum of Art

May 16, 2020

Exhibition | Within and Without Senior Art Majors 2020

All Day

Arts, Hallie Ford Museum of Art

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