Commencement Checklist | Participants | Marching Order | Streaming video (during event)
The commencement ceremony for the graduating class of 2015 will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 11 a.m. The ceremony will take place at McArthur Field on the southwest corner of the campus and will last approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours (Graduates, please arrive at 10 a.m. and report to New P.E. for commencement instructions).
No tickets are required for the ceremony and the number of guests per graduating student is not limited.
Seating will be available in the stadium on a first-come, first-served basis. The gate will open for seating at 9 a.m. For those wishing to watch the graduation ceremony indoors, there will be limited seating in the New Physical Education gymnasium, also on a first-come, first-served basis. If special seating accommodations are required, please contact Nancy Minnick, 503-838-8481, to make arrangements.
Undergraduate students who will be within twelve (12) credits of completing degree requirements at Western Oregon University, to be completed the following Summer or Fall term only, may participate in the Commencement Ceremony. Education students who are scheduled to do their teaching practicum in the fall term are not eligible and are invited to participate in the subsequent June commencement. Students meeting the 12-credit criteria who wish to participate in the ceremony should contact the graduation evaluators in the Registrar's Office by May. Verification of completion of degree requirements with in progress registration will be required after summer and/or fall registration opens.
Graduate students are within one to two courses of completing degree requirements at Western Oregon University may participate in the Commencement Ceremony if they have a plan on file in the Graduate Office indicating that those courses will be completed during the subsequent summer term and have approval of their advisor. Students must also have completed comprehensive exams.
If you cannot attend the ordering event you may purchase your cap and gown at the WOU Bookstore, 503-838-8300, after the last day of the ordering event. Bachelor's degree students wear the WOU red bachelor gown and cap with a degree color tassel. Master's degree students wear the WOU black master gown and cap with black tassel and degree color hood.
Recognize your achievement and show your school pride by announcing your graduation to friends and family with personalized announcements containing the official WOU seal. You may order online or by phone at 1-800-854-7464. If you have questions regarding announcement etiquette, please visit Jostens online announcement etiquette FAQ.
The faculty at WOU recognizes scholarship by conferring honors distinction on undergraduate students who have earned a cumulative WOU grade point average of 3.50 or better. These students must have been in regular attendance at the university, completing at least 45 credit hours on campus graded on an A-F basis. Distinctions are conferred on undergraduate students who have achieved a WOU cumulative grade point average as follows:
All grade point averages used for commencement are calculated at the conclusion of winter term. Grade point averages will be recalculated when all coursework is completed and the degree is conferred.
Western Oregon University would like to recognize veterans during commencement with a patriotic 'Americana Cord' to be worn during commencement. The individual must have previously served, or is currently serving in one of the five branches of the armed forces: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, or Marines, including the Armed Forces Guard and Reserve Members. The individual must have either been discharged under honorable conditions or currently serving in the Armed Forces and not pending disciplinary separation under dishonorable or other than honorable conditions. Bring photo ID and a copy of DD Form 214 showing character of service in box number 24 as “Honorable” or a current armed forces ID card to room 104 in the Registrar's Office. For questions or more information contact the Veteran Representatives at 503-838-8183 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interstate 5 Northbound:
Take Exit 249 (Commercial Street). Follow Commercial into Salem, and as you near downtown, Commercial will curve to the right and become Liberty Street. Stay on Liberty until you reach Marion Street. Turn left, cross the Marion Street Bridge on to Highway 22, and follow the signs marked “Dallas/Ocean Beaches.” Stay on Highway 22 until you reach Highway 99W. Take exit 16 on the right side of the overpass that puts you on Highway 99W. Go south about six miles to Monmouth. Take a right onto Main Street at the stop light. Follow Main Street west to Monmouth Avenue and turn right.
Alternate Northbound Route:
Take Exit 228 and follow route 34 towards Corvallis. After crossing the Willamette River into Corvallis, turn right at the second light onto scenic highway 99W. Continue north about 20 miles until you reach Monmouth; turn left at the first stop light, onto Main Street. Follow Main Street west to Monmouth Avenue and turn right.
Interstate 5 Southbound:
Take Exit 260A (Salem Parkway). Follow the Parkway into Salem. The Parkway will curve to the left and become Commercial Street. Stay on Commercial until you reach Marion Street. Turn right, cross the Marion Street Bridge on to Highway 22, and follow the signs marked “Dallas/Ocean Beaches.” Stay on Highway 22 until you reach Highway 99W. Take exit 16 on the right side on the overpass that puts you on Highway 99W. Go south about six miles to Monmouth. Take a right onto Main Street at the stop light. Follow Main Street west to Monmouth Avenue and turn right.
The ceremony will be shown live on WIMPEG cable channel 17 in Monmouth-Independence.
For questions regarding the Commencement Ceremony, contact Nancy France in the Office of the University Registrar at 503-838-8189 or e-mail email@example.com.
University Registrar ph: (503) 838-8327; fax: (503) 838-9696 | or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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