Portland Graduation

By now you have sumitted 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 audita of your progress toward degree completion. You will receive a graduation memo from the Registrar Fall graduates will be first priority with Spring and Summer grads in that order of process. If you have questions or you think you will need to delay graduation, please contact Sandy Foster at sfosterThis 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

Date & Time: Friday, April 20, 2018 — 7 to 9 p.m.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Airport



Notes: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come for a special evening of celebration. Ticketing starts in the spring.
Date & Time: April 21, 2018 — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New Hope Community Church

 11731 S.E. Stevens Road

 Happy Valley, OR 97086

Notes: Graduates must arrive at 8:45 a.m. and be dressed and ready for a class photo at 9 a.m.; doors to the auditorium open for guests at 10:30 a.m. You and your guests are warmly invited to enjoy a reception following the ceremony.
Hotel Option: If you are traveling in for graduation we do have a limited number of rooms at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Airport avialble for $159 a night. Rooms are avilable any date April 19th to 22nd for this rate. Includes breakfast and manager's receiption each night 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.., plus access to all other hotel ammenities. Deadline for room booking is March 20th, 2018. 

For those Calling in:

  • 1-800-821-5879
  • Group Code: PNO


Cutoff: 03/20/18

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 2018 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 Michelle Workman 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 Michelle Workman.