Regional Events

WU parents are part of the family! You're invited to join any of the events hosted by the Willamette University Alumni Association in cities across the country (and occasionally around the world!).

Bearcat Explorers Travel Program

The Explorers travel program seeks to engage the Willamette community in lifelong learning among good company! Join alumni, parents, and friends of Willamette as we explore the world near and far.

Opening Days

Opening Days

Commonly known on campus as "OD," Opening Days is more than an orientation program; it's a warm and welcoming initiation to the Willamette community. New students will get the opportunity to participate in activities, make new friends, ask questions of current students and scope out the beautiful and inviting Willamette University campus. Family and friends are also encouraged to attend and experience Opening Days alongside their WU student.

Family Weekend

At Family Weekend, parents, grandparents, and siblings will get a glimpse into life at Willamette University and experience what it is to be a Bearcat. Families will sit in on classes, meet faculty and staff members, and attend sports, theatre, and music events. Visitors will also have time to explore local Willamette Valley attractions.


2013 commencement

Commencement is an opportunity for family, friends, and the Willamette community to celebrate the completion of a Willamette University academic program. Willamette holds three commencement ceremonies in May for the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Law, and Atkinson Graduate School of Management, and one in June for the Graduate School of Education. 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. Rather, it is a time to celebrate, reflect and prepare for the road ahead. For commencement information specific to a particular school, click one of the links below.

College of Arts & Sciences

College of Law

Atkinson Graduate School of Management


Academic Calendar

Check out important academic dates that pertain to your WU student.


Important dates to remember related to campus housing and meal services.

Campus Events Calendar

Stay current with the latest on-campus happenings and see what your student could be up to.

Willamette University

Alumni and Parent Engagement

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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