Portland Graduation

If you are planning to graduate during the 2016-2017 academic year, we ask that you complete the Application to Graduate. If you have not already done so, please submit this form to Hannah Hayes at your earliest possible convenience. Once we receive your form, we will add you to our email update list of graduating students and conduct a preliminary audit of your progress toward degree completion. Within a few weeks of receiving your form, you will receive a Graduation Memo from the Registrar.

Everything You Need to Know About...

Mark Your Calendars

Date & Time: April 28, 2016 — 7 to 9 p.m.




Notes: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come for a special evening of celebration.
Date & Time: April 29, 2016 — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.




Notes: Graduates must arrive at 8:45 a.m. ready for a class photo at 9:00 a.m.; doors to the auditorium open for guests at 10:40 a.m. You and your guests are warmly invited to enjoy a reception following the ceremony.

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 graudation 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 (updated calendars coming soon!)
    Doctoral and Th.M. students are required to meet these deadlines in order to participate in the 2016 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 Hannah Hayes at 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. For example, you may not be able to come to campus to purchase announcements or banquet tickets. Even though we'll be instructing students to come to campus for these items, we do not want to exclude students who are unable to make the trip to Portland. If you need special assistance due to living a long distance from campus, please do not hesitate to contact Hannah Hayes.