General Information

Applying for Graduation

Southwestern students should submit their Graduation Application within two terms of completing their degrees. Once we receive the Graduation Application we will determine if you have met your degree requirements and you will be notified if there are any questions regarding discrepancies. Please follow the deadline dates listed below to allow enough time to meet with your advisor if changes are needed.

*Note: Students who will complete their degree requirements in the following fall term may participate in the 2014 commencement.

If you intend to participate in the 2014 commencement, you must file by:

Term Requirement is Met File By
Spring Term 2014 February 7, 2014
Summer Term 2014 May 2, 2014
Fall Term 2014 May 2, 2014

You should not wait until you receive your grades from your final term to file for graduation. Missing the deadline may postpone your graduation.

If you have any further questions, please call the Student First Stop Center (541) 888-7352, or (800) 962-2838, ext 7352 or visit them in Dellwood Hall.

Purchasing Cap, Gown and Announcements

Caps and gowns are required for participation in the commencement ceremony and they must be purchased from Southwestern’s Bookstore.  Tassels and stoles of gratitude are also available.  The Bookstore will be open from 5:30-7:00 P.M. the evening of graduation. We have a large selection of clothing and memorabilia with all Southwestern apparel and logo items 15% off that night. 

Please call the Southwestern Bookstore at (541) 888-7264, or (800) 962-2838, ext 7264 or visit them online at Southwestern's Bookstore Online.


Roses are provided by the college to every graduate. They are to be given by the student to the person who has made a lasting contribution towards their success in attaining a degree or certificate. Southwestern students are given red roses and university students are given white roses.

Stole of Gratitude

Every graduate has special people in their life who have provided invaluable emotional, moral or financial support. The Stole of Gratitude is a lasting tribute to those people who have shaped their life, such as family and friends, professors, advisors or fellow students.

The Stole of Gratitude is a lasting symbol of appreciation, and a fitting way for gradates to pay special tribute to those people who have shaped their life. The new graduate presents the Stole and places it around the neck of the recipient as a gesture of appreciation. This can be done prior to or following the ceremony, or during other commemorative gatherings. More than one Stole may be given if there are multiple people that the graduate would like to thank.

The student purchases the Stole of Gratitude from Southwestern’s book store.

Alcohol Policy

The legal age for drinking alcohol in Oregon is 21. State laws deal harshly with underage drinking.  It is also against the law in Oregon to sell or give away alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. Southwestern is a dry campus except when a specific function has been authorized by Southwestern’s president.

Tobacco Use Policy

Southwestern's Board of Education has established a restricted tobacco-use environment on campus. A new Tobacco Use Policy states that except in designated smoking areas, the use or carrying of any lighted smoking instrument in College buildings or on College premises, at events on College premises, or in College-owned, rented or leased vehicles is prohibited. The college does have provisions for shelter at the designated smoking areas listed on the "Designated Tobacco Use Locations" map. 

Elderly and Physically Disabled

Please inform us if you or your guests will require special accommodations.  A sign language interpreter will be available throughout the commencement ceremony.  Limited parking is available in front of the Student Recreation Center with a DMV disabled person parking permit. A small number of wheelchairs will be available if needed by guests.

Graduation Photos by Outlaw Photography

Congratulations on your achievement! Outlaw Photography of Coos Bay, Oregon will have the honor of taking photographs during the graduation ceremony on June 13th, 2014. All participating graduates will have their photograph taken and there is no obligation to purchase photographs. After ceremony photographs will be offered for graduates and their families and friends.

The viewing of all images and ordering will be available on their web site.

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