Western Seminary Commencement Ceremony

Portland Graduation: Commencement

Everyone who walks in commencement must attend the rehearsal on April 30 at 8:45 a.m. Please plan accordingly. If this presents a significant hardship please contact Hannah Hayes immediately.


Saturday, April 30
Graduates arrive at commencement location 8:45 a.m.
Doors open for guests to enter auditorium 10:30 a.m.
Commencement ceremony begins 11 a.m.
Commencement ceremony ends Approximately 12:30 p.m.
Reception begins After ceremony
Reception ends Approximately 1 p.m.

Getting There

The commencement ceremony will be held at Village Baptist in Beaverton, OR. The address can be found on the main graduation page. 


We anticipate that we'll have enough room for each graduate and all family and friends, so we will not be distributing tickets for commencement this year.


Guests often wonder what attire is appropriate for the commencement ceremony. Most people wear either nice pants or skirts/dresses. It's a dressy occasion, but not as formal as the banquet.


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 invited to bring their babies, but they're encouraged to sit near the rear of the room.

Cell Phones

Please turn off cell phones, and please remind your guests to do the same in order to not disturb others during the ceremony.


We will be having a cookie and punch 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.

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