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Calendar of Weekend Events 2019


12 noon Commencement Rehearsal Lunch, Rigby Hall Courtyard
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).

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


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

6 p.m. Engineering Senior Reception, Fellowship Hall (University Church)
Reception to recognize engineering graduates and for their families to meet engineering faculty.

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

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

8:45 p.m. Sunset


9:30 a.m. FirstServe, Baccalaureate, University Church
FirstServe is a more relaxed service featuring contemporary praise music. TBD, will be the speaker.

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

11:45 a.m. Second Service, Baccalaureate, University Church
Second Service is our more traditional church service. TBD, will be the speaker.

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

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

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

5 p.m. Theology Senior Dedication, Heubach Chapel (University Church)
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.

6 p.m. Strawberry Dessert Reception, Fine Arts Center Lawn
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.

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

8 p.m. Evensong, University Church
This sunset servie features organi music and the spoken word presented by Kraig Scott, professor of music, and TBD.


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

8:00 a.m. Administration/Board/Emeriti/Faculty/Staff, Rigby Hall Sidewalk
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.

8:30 a.m. Commencement, Centennial Green
TBD, 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.

Last update on August 29, 2018