Western student celebrating graduation with their family in Red Square while holding a diploma


You are months away from graduation, and the Alumni Association wants to provide you with some helpful information to make your transition from student to graduate as easy as possible. Congratulations on your achievement, and we welcome you to the WWU alumni family!


When making your commencement reservation, you are purchasing your cap, gown, tassel, and diploma cover (master's candidates also receive a hood). Your confirmed reservation entitles you to the allotted number of tickets for your guests (note: you are not purchasing the tickets, only the apparel and diploma cover). The Renew gowns are manufactured from 100% post-consumer materials. Your gown can also be recycled after graduation in the designated bins (more details are included in your graduation confirmation email).


image of student and stole of gratitude


The Stole of Gratitude is worn during the commencement ceremony. After the ceremony, you may present the stole to a parent, relative, faculty member, or mentor--someone who provided wisdom, support, or financial assistance during your journey at Western. 

You may choose to wear more than one stole during commencement in honor of multiple mentors who have provided you with support.

The Stole of Gratitude may be purchased when you buy your graduation regalia. Stoles also may be purchased on the day of graduation (while supplies last.)


Tell everyone you are graduating with graduation announcements!

The following companies have been licensed to provide announcements for Western Washington University graduates.



Take a piece of this historic moment home with you! Jostens has been licensed to provide rings for Western Washington University graduates. 




Showcase your diploma with an elegant diploma frame embossed with the school name and seal, custom crafted to fit the WWU diploma.




A Grad Pack is the best way to take WWU with you and to help you remain connected to your alma mater.

image of student with grad pack

All Grad Packs include (ala carte options will receive a one year membership only):

  • One-Year Membership to the WWU Alumni Association* (valued at $20);

  • Access to exclusive career networking events with fellow Western alumni who are making an impact on their communities;

  • Advance (and sometimes exclusive) tickets to events;

  • Discounts for a variety of alumni entertainment opportunities;

  • Discounts to more than 250+ businesses in the region: Visit this site for a complete list of perks;

  • Access to Lakewood and the Wilson Library. Allows the purchase of a membership to the Wade King Recreation Center;

  • Custom WWU playing cards

  • Unlimited access to WE Connect, the WWU Alumni Association’s powerful networking platform. Visit WE Connect to register.

  • All Grad Packs arrive in a WWU Alumni Association duffel bag (valued at $20).

*The High Street Grad Pack includes a Life Membership to the WWU Alumni Association (valued at $500)

Please note that Grad Packs do not include a cap and gown, and do not register you for the commencement ceremony.