Commencement exercises will take place on Centennial Green regardless of weather conditions. This decision was made in order to accommodate the more than 3,000 family members and friends who attend Commencement each year. An indoor ceremony would mean limiting guests on this important day. Please watch the weather forecast and bring raincoats and umbrellas, if appropriate.
Campers and Motorhomes
For information on RV Parking, contact the Men's Deans, (509) 527-2111. There is an area by Sittner Hall that has hookups.
Parking is somewhat limited close by. You may park along the streets, providing you leave crosswalks and driveways accessible. Parking for those with handicap permits is available in the parking lot between Smith Hall and Rigby Hall on Whitman Drive.
Seating for Commencement on Centennial Green 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.
A registered nurse will be on duty at the Information Station during Commencement.
Information/Lost and Found
An Information Station will be located behind the seating area on Centennial Green. Please check for lost items or turn in found items at this location until one-half hour after the Commencement program. After that, please contact Rosa Jimenez at rosa.jimenez(AT)wallawalla.edu, or (509) 527-2363.
Restrooms are available in Rigby Hall, directly behind the Centennial Green seating area, Smith Hall and Kretschmar Hall/Chan Shun Pavilion. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located in Rigby Hall (these restrooms are on the north end of the building--look for signs).
Length of Commencement Ceremony
Plan for the ceremony to last for approximately 2 hours. Commencement should end around 11 a.m. but the time varies depending on the number of graduates.
Cold water and cups will be available behind the Centennial Green seating area. Bottled water is provided for graduates and program participants.
On Centennial Green, seats for the hearing impaired will be reserved in the front section, near the library. Sign-language interpretation will be provided throughout the program. Space for guests in wheelchairs will be provided in the same section. Guests needing these accommodations are encouraged to make arrangements in advance through the Office of the President at (509) 527-2066, or deirdre.benwell(AT)wallawalla.edu. Wheelchair-accessible rest rooms are located in Rigby Hall. Parking for those with handicap permits is available in the parking lot between Smith Hall and Rigby Hall on Whitman Drive.
Space is available on either side of the platform for photographing Commencement participants. Please respect the needs of other photographers in these areas, and stay clear of the area reserved for the official Commencement photographer.
Professional photographs of each graduate, including the group picture taken at line-up, will be mailed to the graduate’s home address (the last home address given to the Office of Academic Records four-six weeks after graduation. Order forms for additional photographs, plaques, and photo thank you cards will be included in the packet or can be ordered online at: www.gradphotonetwork.com. Enter Walla Walla University in the EVENT field, then your last name. You will see both the diploma and flag proof.
For any questions, contact:
Professional Photography by Marty Huie
P.O. Box 1704
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 529-5183 (Graduation Line)
(413) 714-9594 (Fax)
DVD copies of the Commencement exercises are available on request for $35 per copy. Contact Blue Mountain Television at (509) 529-9149.
Weekend programs are sent to all graduates, parents, faculty, and staff. If you would like to receive a program, please contact Deirdre Benwell at deirdre.benwell(AT)wallawalla.edu, or (509) 527-2066.
Seniors do not march for the programs on Friday and Saturday, only for Commencement on Sunday.
Unless otherwise needed for special services we ask that you leave your animals at home.