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Graduation Weekend

Commencement exercises for the 2017-2018 school year will be held June 17, 2018.

Graduation Weekend 2017 | June 9-11, 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Commencement Rehearsal Lunch
Rigby Hall Courtyard—12 p.m.
President and Mrs. McVay and Cabinet invite all graduates—graduating seniors and graduate students—to come by for lunch before the start of Commencement Rehearsal. In the event of inclement weather, the lunch will be held in the Alaska Room (Kellogg Hall).

Commencement Rehearsal
Centennial Green—1 p.m.
Graduates will practice for the Commencement ceremony and receive details about weekend activities, ordering pictures, etc.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Bachelor's Degree in Psychology Recognition
Heubach Chapel (University Church)—1 p.m.
Dedication service to honor graduating psychology majors. Reception immediately following. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

Engineering Senior Reception
Chan Shun Pavilion, Room 255—6 p.m.
Reception to recognize engineering graduates and for their families to meet engineering faculty.

University Church—8 p.m.
Senior class presents the evening vespers program.

Graduate Reception
Kellogg Hall—9 p.m.(after consecration)
Alumni/Parent Relations Office invites graduates, their families, and faculty and staff to a reception immediately following the consecration service.


Sabbath, June 10, 2017

FirstServe, Baccalaureate
University Church—9:30 a.m.
FirstServe is a more relaxed service featuring contemporary praise music. Brian Roth, professor of engineering, will be the speaker.

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

Second Service, Baccalaureate
University Church—11:45 a.m.
Second Service is our more traditional church service. Doug Bing, president of the Washington Conference and father of a graduating senior, will be the speaker.

Teacher Dedication
Walla Walla Valley Academy Auditorium—3 p.m.
Dedication service to honor those graduating with degrees in education. All are welcome to attend.

Social Work and Sociology Pinning and Dedication Ceremony
Heubach Chapel (University Church)—3:30 p.m. 
Dedication service to honor bachelor of social work and sociology graduates. Reception immediately following. All are welcome to attend.

Nurses' Pinning
University Church—4 p.m. 
Ceremony to welcome newly graduating nurses into the nursing profession. All are welcome to attend.

Theology Senior Dedication
Heubach Chapel (University Church)—5 p.m. 
Dedication service to honor graduating theology and religion majors. All are welcome to come and show support for the young ministers and bible workers as they meet together one last time before they pursue their future for Christ.

Strawberry Dessert Reception
Fine Arts Center Lawn—6 p.m. 
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 the Cafeteria, Kellogg Hall.

Master's Degree Hooding Ceremony
Walla Walla Valley Academy auditorium—7 p.m. 
Family and friends of master's degree candidates are invited to this celebration of achievement. A reception will follow.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Graduate Group Photographs
Kretschmar Hall Lawn—7:30 a.m. 
Graduates gather to be photographed and then line up in marching order for the commencement processional.

Rigby Hall Sidewalk—8:00 a.m. 
Administration, Board, Emeriti, Faculty, and Staff line up on the sidewalk west of Rigby Hall in marching order for commencement processional. The marshals will give you instructions at that time.

Centennial Green—8:30 a.m. 
His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Linton Allen, Governor-General of Jamaica, will give 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. 

Seats 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. Thank you for your cooperation.

Watch graduation weekend events live online

For family and friends who are not able to be at Walla Walla University or wish to watch from home, the following programs will be livestreamed:


Friday, June 9 | 8 p.m.
The senior class presents the evening vespers program in the Walla Walla University Church.
Watch live online > 
Download the consecration program >


Sabbath, June 10 | 9:30 a.m.
Brian Roth, professor of engineering, will be the speaker.
Watch live online >

Baccalaureate—Second Service 

Sabbath, June 10 | 11:45 a.m.
Doug Bing, President of the Washington Conference, will be the speaker.
Watch live online >


Sunday, June 11 | 8:30 a.m.
His Excellency the Most Honorable Sir Patrick Linton Allen, Governor-General of Jamaica, will give the commencement address.
Watch live on Blue Mountain TV >
Download the commencement program >

The ceremony will be broadcast on local channels 21, 28, 36, and Charter cable 179.

Last update on November 14, 2017