Portland Graduation: Getting Started

This year we will be giving graduates all your information electronically. No meetings required. 

A new Graduation Memo will be posted by end of November and will have additional details on the process.

The Memo will cover a variety of topics including regalia and graduation requirements. All of the items that we will discuss are covered within this website.

Please take the time to read the website graduation information, as well as each of the "Everything You Need to Know About..." pages and the information on the main graduation page.


Once you submit your application in SIS, the Registrar's Office will add your name to the list of graduates and include you on all graduation-related emails, order your regalia and your diploma, and charge the graduation fee. Then, a preliminary graduation audit will be compiled to ensure that you've completed (or will complete) all of the requirements for your program. The preliminary audit is sent to the Registrar, Sandy Foster, who will do the official audit. Once the official audit is complete, you will receive a copy of the audit via email from the Registrar's Office. The Faculty and Board of Directors will approve all graduate names before issuing a diploma.

Graduation Fee

The graduation fee is charged to all student accounts when the Application to Graduate is processed (for most this will be a fall term fee). You should pay your graduation fee at the time it's charged to your student account, and no later than April 1. The fee is applied toward the costs of your diploma, the graduation audit, the banquet tickets, and much more. However, the fee that we charge is much less than the actual costs for you to graduate. The majority of the costs are covered by Western Seminary. As a result, we ask even students who are graduating in absentia to pay the fee.


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

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