Portland Graduation: Commencement

Portland Graduation: Commencement

Everyone who walks in commencement must attend the rehearsal on April 27 at 9 am (arrive by 8:45 am). Please plan accordingly. If this presents a significant hardship, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. immediately.


Saturday, April 27
Graduates arrive at commencement location 8:45 am; in place by 9:00 am
Doors open for guests to enter the auditorium 10:30 am
Commencement ceremony begins 11:00 am
Commencement ceremony ends Approximately 12:30 pm
Reception begins After the ceremony concludes
Reception ends Approximately 1:00 pm

Getting There

The commencement ceremony will be held at New Hope Community Church (11731 S.E. Stevens Road, Happy Valley, OR 97806). It is conveniently located off 205 near the Clackamas Town Center.


There is enough room for each graduate, their family, and their friends, so we will not be distributing tickets for commencement this year.


We recommend guests dress business casual, as commencement is a dressy occasion but not as formal as the banquet.


Western Seminary encourages guests to avoid bringing children under the age of five or older children who cannot sit quietly for extended periods of time. However, there is a family room if would like to use it, and mothers of nursing infants are invited to bring their infants. 

Cell Phones

Please turn off cell phones and remind your guests to do the same in order to avoid interruptions during the ceremony.


We will be having a cookie and punch/coffee reception following the commencement ceremony. This will be an opportunity to take photos with other graduates and faculty, enjoy some time with your guests, and celebrate your accomplishment.

If you would like to go to lunch with your guest afterward, there are many options available to you; however, we would encourage you to make reservations as soon as possible.

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