Portland Graduation: The Banquet

Dates and Times

Our Celebration Banquet will be on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Persimmon Country Club in Gresham, OR. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served promptly at 7 p.m. We anticipate that the program will end around 9 p.m.


In keeping with the elegance of the evening, Celebration Banquet attendees are asked to dress up. Men usually wear jackets and ties, and women generally wear skirts or dresses.


Western Seminary encourages guests not to bring children under the age of five, or older children who cannot sit quietly for extended periods of time. Mothers of nursing infants are welcome to bring their infants.

Entree Option

Our entrees will be served in open buffet style. You will be able to choose from several options and we will accomodate GF/DF needs. Please check with each of your guests prior to purchasing tickets. 


Tickets will be available for purchase on in April via EventBright.com. A link will be provided on this page and via email once sales open.  

Each graduate will receive two complimentary banquet tickets. Additionally, Western Seminary is pleased to subsidize SIX additional tickets (at $22) in order to fill a table of eight or nine. (Originally we hoped to accommodate additional tickets, so if you have a large group and you are willing to seat 10 people at an eight top table, we will see if we can accommodate your request.) All seating will be at assigned tables and if you register early you can likely choose to sit with the professor of your choice. 

Tickets are available on a first-come first-serve basis, and as such we regret that we cannot reserve tickets. We cannot guarantee ticket availability beyond April 21st, but if you have an emergency, please contact Michelle Workman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

   Celebration Banquet Buffet Menu 


Arugula Salad with Toasted Almonds, Pears, and Lemon


Charbroiled Center Cut Sirloin with Oregon Pinot Noir Demi Glace

Northwest Steel Head

Vegetarian Pasta

Additional side choices of rice pilaf, potatoes and steamed vegetable blend



An assortment of choice of dessert bars served family style

Vegetarian, Gluten-free and Dairy-free options will be served and identified in the buffet.

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