Students Graduation

Portland + Global Graduation Home

Portland + Global Graduation Home

Graduating? Time to Get Excited!

Graduates cheering.

So you’re ready to graduate? First of all... Congratulations! We hope you take some time to reflect on how hard you’ve worked to reach this moment in your academic career. Life happens between your first semester and your last. You’ve experienced joys and sorrows alike during your time as a Western Seminary student. You’ve made sacrifices of time, money, and energy. Likewise, your loved ones have also sacrificed with you along this journey.

Some of you have blasted through your program, and others feel as though you’re crawling over the finish line. No matter what pace you went, you should be very proud of all of your hard work and everything it took to get to this point!  We trust that you have been transformed by the gospel and are fully equipped to go out and do the good works God has prepared in advance for you to do.

Here you’ll find all of the information you need to know in order to be prepared for the graduation weekend.

Mark Your Calendar!

2021 Graduation Banquet
Notes: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Western Seminary will not be holding a graduation banquet.
2021 Commencement Ceremony
Day:  Saturday, July 10, 2021
Time:  11:00 a.m.; Doors open for guests by 10:15 a.
Location:  Rolling Hills Community Church
3550 SW Borland Rd, Tualatin, OR 97062
Details: 

What time must graduates arrive?
Graduates are required to arrive by 8:45 a.m. for rehearsal. We have a lot of important things to cover. Bring your regalia to rehearsal.

Where is the ceremony held?
The ceremony will be indoors. This is a large venue with a seating capacity of over 2,500 people. With the easing of COVID restrictions, we are excited to share there are no longer any face mask requirements nor a maximum guest count for every graduate. Graduates are welcomed and encouraged to invite their friends and family to celebrate with them in this momentous occasion. Wearing a face mask will be at the discretion of each individual. A special designated section in the middle upper balcony will be reserved for any individuals who would like to socially distance themselves.

Are guests allowed?
Yes! Graduates are encouraged to welcome their family and friends (no maximum limit) to attend the commencement ceremony. Our venue has a large seating capacity of 2,500 that allows ample room for guests.

What about guest arrival/seating?
Doors open to guests at 10:15 a.m.  Guests are not allowed to be at rehearsal.

What are some of the safety protocols that will be implemented?
All face mask requirements have been lifted, given the updated Oregon Health Authorities (OHA) guidelines. If anyone attending feels more comfortable socially distancing themselves from others, there will be a special section reserved in the middle upper balcony to do so.

Will this event be live-streamed?
Yes, you can watch a live stream of the ceremony at westernseminary.edu/pdxgrad2021.

What about my regalia? 
Class of 2021, your regalia is being mailed to you (no campus pickup). If you do not receive by June 25th, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Class of 2020, time to get the regalia you received last year ready! It is recommended that you steam your regalia; please do NOT iron the velvet hood.

*** Important Note *** 
Please keep in mind that circumstances in light of the COVID-19 pandemic remain fluid. We ask for your flexibility and understanding in case we need to make changes and adjustments as necessary. 

Graduates are encouraged to bookmark this page and check for updates. Graduates may also reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with further questions.