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Graduation Ceremony June 13-15


By: Rachel Wood

Niels-Erik Andreasen to Present Commencement Address

Graduation Weekend celebrates the academic achievements of our students.

Walla Walla University’s commencement ceremony will be held Sunday, June 15 at 8:30 a.m. on the Centennial Green.

The conferring of degrees at the ceremony is the highlight of the graduation events as students are rewarded for their academic achievements. During the ceremony, honored faculty and staff will also receive recognition.

The commencement speaker is Niels-Erik Andreasen. Andreasen, president of Andrews University and a former WWU president.

Sunday's ceremony will be preceded by other weekend events to commemorate and celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2014.

Friday, June 13

8 p.m. – Consecration, University Church
The senior class will present the evening vespers program.

Afterward – Graduate Reception, Kellogg Hall
The residence hall deans invite graduates, their families, and faculty and staff to a reception immediately following the Consecration service.

Sabbath, June 14

9:30 a.m. – FirstServe Baccalaureate, University Church
FirstServe is a more informal service featuring contemporary praise music. The speaker for the service will be Bob Folkenberg, Jr., president of the Chinese Union Mission and father of a graduating senior.

10:30 a.m. – Sabbath School, University Church and Various Locations
Consult the University Church bulletin (available at the door and online at for a list of Sabbath School options offered and for meeting times and locations.

11:45 a.m. – Second Service Baccalaureate, University Church
Second Service is a more traditional church service. Bob Folkenberg, Jr., president of the Chinese Union Mission and father of a graduating senior, will also be the speaker for this service.

3 p.m. – Teacher Dedication, Walla Walla Valley Academy Auditorium
Special dedication service to honor those graduating in Education.

3 p.m. – Bachelor in Social Work Pinning, Heubach Chapel (University Church)
Special dedication service to honor Bachelor of Social Work graduates. Reception immediately following, all are welcome.

4 p.m. – Nurses’ Pinning, University Church
Special dedication service to honor WWU’s Nursing students. Reception immediately following in the Fellowship Hall, all are welcome to attend.

5 p.m. – Theology Senior Dedication, Heubach Chapel (University Church)
Special dedication service to honor graduating theology and religion majors. All are welcome to attend.

6 p.m. – Strawberry Dessert Reception, Fine Arts Center Lawn
The senior class officers invite graduates and their families to enjoy strawberries, ice cream and time together. In the event of inclement weather, the reception will be held in Kellogg Hall.

7 p.m. – Master’s Degree Hooding Ceremony, Walla Walla Valley Academy Auditorium
Friends and family of master’s degree candidates are invited to this celebration of achievement. A reception will follow.

8 p.m. – Evensong, University Church
This sunset service features organ music and the spoken word and is presented by Kraig Scott, professor of music, and Montgomery Buell, associate professor of history.

Sunday, June 15

8:30 a.m. – Commencement, Centennial Green
Niels-Erik Andreasen will present the commencement address.

Regrettably, there is no adequate alternative facility in which to conduct commencement in the event of inclement weather. If rain is forecast, please come prepared for it. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Items or notes left on chairs to save seats may be removed. Thank you for your cooperation.

For more a complete schedule of graduation events and more information, including events for graduates and their families, contact the office of the president at (509) 527-2066, or email More information is also available online through link below. 

Published May 23, 2014.

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