Graduation Information

Applying for Graduation? 

Are you a current Fairhaven College student who is ready to apply for graduation? Follow these steps:

  • If you are completing an Interdisciplinary Concentration, update your Concentration Course List to indicate your complete courses and pending coursework. Have this approved by your Concentration Chair.
  • If you are completing a main campus major and/or minor, meet with your advisor in that department and complete a degree evaluation.
  • Complete the first page of the Graduation Application form found on the Western Registrar's Office website.
  • Make a Graduation Filing appointment to meet with the Fairhaven College Curriculum & Records Manager, Suzanne Baker, to complete your graduation application. 

For deadlines and details regarding application fees, please visit the Western Registrar's Office website. Questions about applying to graduate? Contact Suzanne Baker

Fairhaven Graduation Celebration 2021

The Fairhaven College Graduation Celebration is an opportunity to honor Fairhaven College graduates for the academic year by acknowledging their individual achievements in addition to the Western's Commencement.

While we are not gathering together in person for our 2021 Annual Fairhaven College Graduation Ceremony this year, we would like to invite you to participate in a virtual graduation experience celebrating your accomplishments and time spent at Fairhaven College and Western on Saturday, June 12th.

In keeping the tradition of faculty individually presenting our graduates, our faculty will be preparing short videos of recognition which will be compiled into a formal Graduation Ceremony recording to be viewed by you and your friends and family at your convenience. While there will not be an organized synchronous viewing for this ceremony, we recommend you join with fellow students and your families via Zoom or another online platform to watch "together" in celebration of each other. Additional details will be posted on our website soon. 

General Graduation Ceremony Information

Information for in-person ceremony details currently does not apply to the 2021 Ceremony as it will be a virtual ceremony and no in-person event will occur. 


Seats for Fairhaven graduates and their families are free, but there is limited seating available. 

Faculty Presenters

Each graduate is presented by a faculty member (can be Fairhaven or Western faculty) or a community member of their choice. Graduates need to contact your preferred faculty member to be sure he/she will be attending the ceremony.


Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies is no longer able to provide our own graduation announcements. The Western Alumni Association provides graduation announcements. If you'd like to customize it, a “Personalized” option that might work for you. (Go to Royal T Papers or call 800-442-4696. Graduation announcements are on display at the Western Alumni House, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM—5:00 PM. -- their packages range from $50 - $172)


Guest parking is typically free on commencement day and available in most lots. Visitors must observe regulations for handicapped and individually reserved spaces. Please remind your guests to arrive early to avoid traffic congestion and to allow for travel time between the parking lots and gym. Shuttle bus service will be available from the 12A parking lot off Bill McDonald Parkway near Fairhaven College, but cannot accommodate wheelchairs. The shuttle service begins at 7:00 AM and ends at 6:30 PM or until there is no demand. Guests in wheelchairs may park in Lot 10G behind Miller Hall. Parking attendants will be available to assist guests with special parking needs. Refer to the campus map.

Please contact the University Parking Office (360) 650-2945 for more details.


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