Portland Graduation

Portland 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 26, 2019 — 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Airport
7900 NE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97220
Tickets: Ticket sales open on March 11. No physical tickets will be needed.
Notes: Doors open at 6:30 pm. Come for a special evening of celebration. 
When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 — 11 am to 1 pm
Where: New Hope Church
11731 SE Stevens Rd, Happy Valley, OR 97086
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: A small block of hotel rooms at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Airport are available for reservations. The block rate is $149 and includes breakfast. The cutoff date for these rooms is March 29. To reserve, call 1-800-774-1500 and mention that you are with Western Seminary or book directly online.

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 (updated calendars coming soon!)
    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. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..