Commencement Attendance and Seating
The Western Oregon University Commencement Ceremony takes place rain or shine on June 17, 2017. The stadium is covered, but guests are advised to prepare for all kinds of weather.
The gates will open at 9 a.m. for seating in the McArthur Stadium. Seating is on a first-come basis with no reservations and no tickets required.
Visitors who prefer to view the ceremony from an indoor location can do so in the New PE building gymnasium via a live, large-screen monitor. New PE is across the street to the north of the stadium.
The stadium features bleacher seats with no backs. Guests are welcome to bring their own stadium seats if back support is desired.
The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and usually lasts about 2.5 hours. Out of respect for each other and the solemnity of the occasion, guests are asked to stay for the entire ceremony.
The Commencement Reception will begin in The Grove after the ceremony. All graduates and their guests are welcome to attend.
For more details about the stadium and amenities provided on graduation day, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.