Graduation Weekend FAQs

Service animals are welcome for our guests with a disability. All other pets/animals are prohibited.

Campers and Motor homes
For information on RV Parking, contact the Men's Deans, (509) 527-2111. There is an area by Sittner Hall that has hookups.

Commencement DVDs
DVD copies of the Commencement exercises are available on request for $35 per copy. Contact Blue Mountain Television at (509) 529-9149.

Contact Information
If you have any questions about graduation weekend, please contact the Office of the President at (509) 527-2121 or Deirdre Benwell at,

First Aid
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 Facility Services at (509) 527-2925.

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.

Space is available on right side of the platform for photographing Commencement participants as well as the front row (in front of the graduates). Diplomas will be presented in the order listed in the program. Please wait until your graduate's name is about to be called before approaching the front to take pictures. Also, please respect the needs of other photographers in these areas, and stay clear of the area reserved for the official Commencement photographer.

Graduation Photos
Professional photos of each graduate receiving his/her diploma (portrait pose, diploma pose with the president, class group pose) will be taken by Marty Huie, Professional Photography, Walla Walla, WA EST 1973. 

For families desiring a professional group photograph taken on the stage, please meet at the left side of the stage following Commencement for a NO OBLIGATION photograph. This will be posted online with the rest of the photographs.

Photographs taken at Commencement will be available for viewing/ordering within 36-48 hours after commencement. In addition there are many candid photographs of that memorable day!

Please go to:

  1. Enter EVENT NAME: Walla Walla University
  2. Click on CONTINUE:
  3. Select EVENT:
  4. Enter Your Last Name:
  5. View and Place orders on our secured servers:

Your orders will be processed and sent directly to the address you signify.

Professional Photography
Marty Huie
P.O. Box 1704
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 529-5183 (Graduation Line)
(413) 714-9594 (Fax)

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.

Cold water and cups will be available behind the Centennial Green seating area. Bottled water is provided for graduates and program participants.


Restrooms are available in Rigby Hall (on the main floor and upstairs), directly behind the Centennial Green seating area. Restrooms are also available in Smith Hall, Bowers 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) and Smith Hall.

Seating for Commencement on Centennial Green may be reserved with at least one family representative present until 8 a.m. at which time all held seats will be available to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis. Items or notes left on chairs to save seats may be removed. Thank you for your cooperation.

Seniors Marching
Seniors do not march for the programs on Friday and Saturday, only for Commencement on Sunday.

Special Services
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) 527-2121, or Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located in Rigby Hall and Smith Hall. Parking for those with handicap permits is available in the parking lot between Smith Hall and Rigby Hall on Whitman Drive.

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.

View the contingency plan for severe weather conditions >

Weekend Programs
Weekend programs are sent to all graduates, parents, faculty, and staff. If you would like to receive a program, please contact the Office of the President (509) 527-2121 or Deirdre Benwell at

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