Paint B'ham Blue for WWU

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Welcome to Western! Welcome to Bellingham!

New students, Western alumni and friends are invited to join the 3rd 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...

Photo of students at Paint B'ham Blue signing the Home of the Vikings banner

  • 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

Event Sponsors

Rocket Donuts Chmelik Sitkin & Davis P.S. Attorneys at Law Faithlife Peoples Bank The Woods Coffee Daylight Properties


Event Contact

image of Jennifer SpoelstraI’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 if you have any questions or comments. Also, WWU is an equal opportunity institution. For disability accommodation, please contact me.



Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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 turns WWU Blue

8:00 p.m. Noisywaters Performance 
8:30 p.m. Students gather to walk back to campus together


Red Square
WWU Campus
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225


Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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
7:30p.m. Join in on the countdown as the Herald Building turns WWU Blue
8:00 p.m. Noisywaters Performance 


1155 N. State Street #110
Bellingham, WA