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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 2019-2020 commencement.

If you intend to participate in the 2019-2020 commencement, you must file by:

Term Requirement is Met File By
Spring Term 2019-2020 February 7, 2020
Summer Term 2020-2021 May 1, 2020
Fall Term 2020-2021 May 1, 2020

You should not wait until you receive your grades from your final term to file for graduation. Missing the deadline may postpone your participation in this years commencement ceremony.

If you have any further questions, please call the Student First Stop Center 541.888.7352, or 1.800.962.2838, ext 7352 or visit them in Dellwood Hall.


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. We have a large selection of clothing and memorabilia with all Southwestern apparel and logo items 15% off. 

Please call the Southwestern Bookstore at 541.888.7264, or 1.800.962.2838, 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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.