COVID-19 Requirements

As a graduate institution of health sciences, and for the health and safety of our WesternU Community, many of whom are currently serving patients on the frontline, WesternU is strongly recommending ALL ATTENDEES wear masks while indoors at all times. At this time, proof of COVID-19 vaccine or a negative PCR test are not required for entry.  Please note these guidelines are subject to change per Pasadena City and Linn County guidelines. 

Ceremony Schedule & Details

Seating begins for guests one hour before each ceremony. Guests are asked to be in their seats 10 minutes before the ceremony begins to clear the aisles to prepare for the academic procession (graduates and faculty marching in). Seating will resume after the processional, national anthem and invocation (approximately 30 minutes). Late-arriving guests will be seated immediately following the invocation.

  • Ceremony for:

    College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest (COMP-Northwest)
    Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

     

  • Date

    Friday, May 27, 2022

  • Time

    10:00 a.m
    Graduate Arrival: 7:45 a.m.
    Guest Seating Begins: 9:00 a.m.
    Doors Close: 10:00 a.m.

  • Location

    COMP-Northwest
    605 Mullins Drive
    Lebanon, OR  97355
    (541) 259-0220

Keynote Speaker
Robin Farias-Eisner MD, PhD, MBA

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Ceremony Countdown
2022/05/27 10:00:00
We Kindly Request That All Graduates
  • Order and try on your Regalia (cap & gown).
  • Complete the Gradate Participation form (on Qualtrics) and submit a photo in full Regalia.
  • Attend your college specific Commencement presentation (watch for an e-mail).
  • Watch your e-mail for more information and COVID-19 requirements and updates.
  • Bring your Regalia (gown, tam/cap, hood & tassel) to the ceremony. Unfortunately, we do not have extra items.
  • GRADUATES RUNNING LATE
    Please remember that commencement is mandatory for all graduates! If you are afraid you’re going to miss the start of the ceremony, take a deep breath, then call or text the emergency number and leave your name, program and what we can expect. Emergency phone number for graduates. Please note, this phone is only monitored on the day of the ceremony.
  • Emergency Number for Graduates

    (541) 974-5479.  

Tickets Are Required
  • Tickets are required for all ceremonies and were already requested by the graduate via Graduate Participation form.
  • We hope to provide each graduate six (6) guest tickets; however, the final number is dependent on COVID-19 restrictions. Final details will be announced to the graduate via e-mail.
  • Tickets are required for all guests age two and older.
Important Details
  • For safety reasons, please observe the following restrictions.

No signs, balloons, air-horns, strollers, bright camera lights or tripods permitted in the auditorium.

Graduates please leave all “carry-along” items (purses, cell phones, electronic devices, books, flowers, etc.) with family members or securely in your car. Graduates should not carry anything during the processional and will not be permitted to take personal belongings on stage.

Pets and other animals are not permitted with the exception of service animals (i.e. dogs and miniature horses) defined by the ADA as animals that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Service animals are work animals, not pets.

  • Allowable Items (subject to search)

Cameras

Small purses

Backpacks

Outside, non-alcoholic beverages

Refillable water bottles

Food and snacks brought from home that fit within personal bags

  • Flower Leis

Prior to the ceremony, you may drop off a lei at the Will Call Station for delivery to your graduate.

  • Doors Close 10 Minutes Before Each Ceremony

Auditorium doors will open for guests one hour before each ceremony.

Auditorium doors will close 10 minutes before the ceremony begins to clear the lobby and aisles to prepare for the academic procession (graduates and faculty marching in).

The doors will reopen after the processional, national anthem and invocation (approximately 30 minutes).

Late arriving guests will be seated immediately following the invocation.

  • Graduates Running Late

Please remember that commencement is mandatory for all graduates! If you are afraid you’re going to miss the start of the ceremony, take a deep breath, then call or text the emergency number and leave your name, program and what we can expect.

Emergency phone number for graduates. Call or text: (541) 974-5479.  Please note, this phone is only monitored on the day of the ceremony.

  • End of Ceremony

The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours. When making lunch/dinner reservations, allow for ample time for the class photo, diploma pick-up, and photos with guests following the ceremony.

If you have completed all degree requirements, your diploma will be available for pick-up after the ceremony.

Family and friends may meet their graduate on the Garden Patio at Boulder Falls Center or at COMP-Northwest Open House following the ceremony, graduate photos and diploma pick-up.

Commencement Ceremony and Boulder Falls Security Information

Western University of Health Sciences and the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest will conduct security checks to ensure the safety of all our guests. We strive to provide an enjoyable experience and we appreciate your patience and understanding.

Even though doors to the tent open at 9:00 a.m., bag check stations will open at 8:30 a.m., so please arrive early to allow for delays. This event is open to all, so seating is first come, first seated; seating is not guaranteed.

PLEASE NOTE – ALL guests entering the venue will be subject to bag checks. Large bags and coolers will not be allowed into venue.

Prohibited items:
  • Balloons
  • Wrapped presents (leave them in your vehicle)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Noisemakers (horns, whistles, artificial noisemakers)
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Folding chairs
  • Illegal drugs
  • Weapons or ammunition
  • Aluminum cans (i.e. pop cans)
  • Glass containers
  • Hard-sided coolers
  • Pets (except service animals)
  • Drones
  • Strollers (must be checked at Guest Services)
  • Smoking, including electric or vapor products, is prohibited in or around WesternU venues

Guests declining inspection or in possession of prohibited items will not be allowed into the venue. Guests in possession of prohibited items inside the venue will be asked to leave immediately. A guest who does not leave when asked will be considered a trespasser. Guests who are disruptive during the ceremony will be removed from the immediately and will not be allowed re-entry.

Emergency Procedure

In the event of an emergency, an announcement will be made from the Commencement stage to direct graduates and attendees to exit the venue in a safe and orderly manner.

If such an event were to occur, please move to the nearest exit as quickly and safely as possible.

Once you have exited the venue, please use mobile phones to arrange to meet your graduate or family member.

Near the Ceremony

For your convenience we’ve provided a list of nearby hotels. There are a limited number of rooms blocked at a discounted rate and are on a first-come first-served basis.

Please call hotels directly for their rates.

BEST WESTERN PREMIER BOULDER FALLS INN

505 Mullins Drive
Lebanon, OR  97355
541-451-1000

Located five minutes walk from COMP-Northwest
Call for WesternU rate* – Limited Rooms Available
Reserve By: May 1, 2022

HILTON GARDEN INN*

2500 SW Western Blvd
Corvallis, OR  97333
541-286-9824

Located 30 minutes from COMP-Northwest
*Rates subject to change.
Reserve By: May 1, 2022
Code: Western University of Health Sciences Commencement

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS

781 NE 2nd St
Corvallis, OR  97333
541-752-0800

Located 30 minutes from COMP-Northwest
Reserve By: May 1, 2022

COURTYARD MARRIOTT

400 1st. St.
Corvallis, OR  97333
541-753-0199

Located 30 minutes from COMP-Northwest
Reserve By: May 1, 2022

Plan Your Day
Shuttle Services
PARKING

For parking please follow the Event Parking signs. For ADA and preferred parking, a pass is required. Please see a parking attendant for more information.
Parking Map 

Directions
Request Accommodations

To request accommodations in advance, a graduate may indicate their needs when they complete the Graduate Participation Form. Please note, only graduates have access to the form.

Should you need to speak to anyone regarding your request, the friendly staff at the Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy (CDHP) are available to assist you. Please contact:

Kelly Mack, Administrative Associate | (541) 259-0305

  • WHEELCHAIR ASSISTANCE:
    Wheelchairs will be on site for those who may need them, and seating has been reserved for wheelchair access. Staff will be available to help you to your seat should you or your guests need assistance.
  • DEAF/HARD OF HEARING:
    Reserved seating has been set aside for anyone needing a sign language interpreter. Captioning and assistive listening devices can also be made available upon request.
  • BLIND/VISUALLY IMPAIRED:
    Seating arrangements can be made for anyone with a visual impairment.
  • SERVICE ANIMALS:
    Pets and other animals are not permitted with the exception of service animals (i.e. dogs and miniature horses) defined by the ADA as animals that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Service animals are work animals, not pets.
  • OTHER NEEDS:
    If you need other disability related accommodations, we will be happy to work with you.
Celebrations

Colleges planning an in-person or virtual celebration will contact their graduates directly with details.