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Portland + Online Graduation

Portland + Online Graduation

By now you have submitted the Application to Graduate and are making plans for graduation weekend. Here are some helpful resources for you as you prepare.

Note: We are processing preliminary degree audits of your progress toward degree completion. Fall graduates will be the first priority, with Spring and Summer grads to follow. If you have questions, or you think you will need to delay graduation, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.

Everything You Need to Know About...

Mark Your Calendars

When: Friday, April 24, 2020 — 7 pm to 9 pm Date is TBD, due to coronavirus
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland
1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232
Tickets: Tickets are now being refunded. Once the banquet is rescheduled, they will be available for purchase once again. As a reminder, each graduate receives two complimentary tickets and may purchase up to two additional tickets for $35 each if desired. If you, as a graduate, know that you would like to purchase more than four tickets, please indicate in the corresponding field on your ticket registration, and you will be prioritized, should tickets become available.
Notes: Doors open at 6:30 pm. Dinner starts at 7 pm. We will be in the Cascade Ballroom, on the second floor. Feel free to park in the adjacent parking structure; parking is complimentary. Come for a special evening of celebration. 
When: Saturday, April 25, 2020 — 11 am to 1 pm Date is TBD, due to coronavirus
Where: Athey Creek Christian Fellowship
2700 SW Ek Rd, West Linn, OR 97068
Tickets: No tickets are needed to attend commencement. All are welcome to celebrate with us!
Notes: Graduates must arrive at 8:45 am and be dressed and ready for a class photo at 9 am; doors to the auditorium open for guests at 10:30 am. You and your guests are warmly invited to enjoy a reception following the ceremony.
Hotel Option:

Embassy Suites Portland Airport
7900 NE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97220

We had reserved a block of ten rooms for both Friday and Saturday nights, at a rate of $149/night.
You may cancel your booking by calling Embassy Suites directly (800.774.1500).

Forms You May Need

  • Transcript Request
    Please remember to check "Hold For Posted Degree" if you want your degree to appear on your transcript.
  • Academic Petition
    Participation in the Commencement ceremony is a graduation requirement for all programs except the Graduate Studies Certificate and Diploma. If you feel you must graduate in absentia, please submit an academic petition regarding why you feel you are unable to participate.
  • Thesis or Dissertation Completion Calendars 
    Doctoral and Th.M. students are required to meet these deadlines in order to participate in the 2019 Commencement ceremony. By clicking on the link above, you'll be directed to both Spring and Fall completion calendars. Please use the one which applies to your projected graduation date.


If you have questions, please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you do not live near Western Seminary's campus, you may have difficulty with some things related to graduation. If you need special assistance due to living a long distance from campus, please do not hesitate to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..