FAQ

  1. Where can I park?
  2. Are tickets needed for Commencement?
  3. How early can we reserve seats?
  4. Where can I get a good photo of my graduate?
  5. How long is the Graduate School of Education commencement and hooding ceremony?
  6. What should parents and guests wear?
  7. Will the ceremony be filmed?

1. Where can I park?

All Willamette University parking lots are open and available for guests attending Commencement ceremonies except the Visitors Parking Lot (corner of Bellevue and Winter streets), which is reserved for handicapped parking. Guests should also not park in permanent reserved spaces, marked with green signs at the specific parking spaces. Street parking is available free of charge around the perimeter of Willamette University and the State Capitol. [ Parking information ]

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2. Are tickets needed for Commencement?

No tickets are needed for the Graduate School of Education Commencement ceremony, and students are not limited in the number of guests they can bring.

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3. How early can we reserve seats?

Willamette University allows reserved seating one hour prior to any ceremony. One person must remain with their reserved seats at all times.

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4. 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 to take photos of all graduates as they receive their diplomas. Prior to Commencement, a staff member from John Dutton Photography will have the graduate fill out a form with pertinent information. Following Commencement, orders for these photos may be placed online directly with the photographer, John Dutton.

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5. How long is the Graduate School of Education commencement and hooding ceremony?

If you are making dinner or airplane reservations, please remember that the ceremony lasts approximately two hours and ends around 1 p.m. In addition, it can take more time than expected for graduates, family members and friends to reunite and exit campus.

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6. What should parents and guests wear?

The Graduate School of Education ceremony is inside Smith Auditorium, which has no air conditioning. Most parents and grandparents dress in comfortable business attire; however, if it is a warm day, you'll want to wear cool clothing.

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7. Will the ceremony be filmed?

Yes. The Graduate School of Education's commencement ceremony will be live-streamed. The link can be accessed from Willamette University's home page and will be available on commencement day.

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