If you are NOT planning on participating in the commencement activities, please notify Karen Arthur at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-370-6850. It is very important that we are aware of your plans to attend Commencement or request your degree in absentia.
- Graduation Announcements
- Cap, Gown, Hood and Tassel
- Are tickets needed for Commencement?
- How early can we reserve seats?
- Where can I get a good photo of my graduate?
- Commencement Photos
- Lodging Accommodations
- ADA Accommodations
- Student Housing
- Maps and Directions to Campus
1. Graduation Announcements
You will be provided eight complimentary Atkinson Commencement Ceremony announcements.
If you would like to order personalized graduation announcement products from Jostens, please go to their website at Jostens 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. Graduating MBA and BA/MBA students will be charged a graduation fee on their final semester billing as follows: $50 fall 2016 or earlier start term; $75 fall 2017 or later start term. If the student decides not to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, the amount will be refunded after commencement. (JD/MBA students are billed for the graduation fee through the College of Law.)
NOTE: Joint Degree students will wear Law regalia to both ceremonies, switching the hoods for each ceremony. 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 the 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.
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 GradImages.
MBA graduates will receive two complimentary tickets to the Atkinson brunch on Sunday, May 14. Additional tickets will be available for purchase online in early April, or at the door on Commencement day. (All attendees require a ticket, including graduates.)
8. Lodging Accommodations
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
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 15th. No on-campus housing will be available for parents.