Welcome to Western! Welcome to Bellingham!

New students, Western alumni and friends are invited to join the 4th Annual Paint B’ham Blue for WWU celebration to kick off the start of the academic year! 

What's this?

  • Students will join a procession from Red Square, led by WWU President Sabah Randhawa, and walk downtown to a warm welcome by alumni and the greater Western community. And...
  • Students will sign their names on the WWU Vikings Banner, to later be displayed on campus.
  • A special downtown festival - exclusively for the WWU community - will take place in Depot Market Square featuring dance tunes, food trucks, local vendors and giveaways (even some FREE FOOD!)
  • We'll count down to light the iconic Herald sign in WWU Blue...and that's when the fireworks begin.

Where's the paint? Well, it's a figure of speech, but...Bellingham is going BLUE!

  • Trees in the downtown core will be decked out in WWU blue lights
  • Downtown businesses will display WWU signs if they offer student and alumni discounts
  • Light poles throughout downtown will be adorned with Viking banners
  • The WWU Viking flag will fly atop the Herald Building



Information for Students

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Student March Timeline:

  • 5:30 p.m. Students meet in Red Square
  • 5:45 p.m. Students depart for downtown
  • 6:00 p.m. Arrive downtown for festivities
  • 7:30 p.m. Join in on the countdown as the Herald Building sign turns WWU Blue
  • 8:30 p.m. Students gather to walk back to campus together


Red Square - WWU Campus
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

Map of Paint of B'ham Blue for WWU March




Information for Alumni

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
4:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Alumni Timeline:

  • 4:30 p.m.  Arrive at the Western City Center for a hosted reception
  • 6:10 p.m. Welcome WWU Bellingham’s newest residents - our WWU Vikings
  • 7:30 p.m. Join in on the countdown as the Herald Building turns WWU Blue


Western City Center
1155 N. State Street #110
Bellingham, WA


Map of the Western City Center

Online registration for this event has closed—if you are interested in attending the reception, please register on-site at the check-in table inside the Herald Building.



Presenting Sponsor

Peoples Bank - A higher level of service.


Event Sponsors

Chmelik Sitkin and Davis P.S. Attorneys at Law
Daylight Properties
Fat Pie Pizza
Spectrum Develpment Solutions
Woods Coffee

Event Partners

Argyle Salon
Boundary Bay Brewery
City of Bellingham, Washington
Downtown Bellingham Partnership
Signs Plus
The Bellingham Herald

Event Contact

I’m Jennifer Spoelstra, and I’m the Program Director for this event. Feel free to call me at (360) 650-6832 or via email at jennifer.spoelstra@wwu.edu if you have any questions or comments. Also, WWU is an equal opportunity institution. For disability accommodation, please contact me.