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Matriculation Candle Lighting

Join alumni as we greet the Class the 2023 and kick off the new school year during the matriculation ceremony. Matriculation is the annual tradition when our newest Bearcats are formally welcomed into the Willamette family.

Alums play an important role in this ceremony by lighting candles for the students. The passing of the light from alum to student symbolizes the passing of Willamette's traditions to a new generation of Bearcats. After alums light their candles, students place them in the Mill Stream — where they officially begin their Willamette journey.


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DATE & TIME:   Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019
7:30–8:30 PM

Meet in Jackson Plaza (near the Mark O. Hatfield Library)

Willamette University
900 State St.
Salem, OR 97301

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QUESTIONS?   Contact alumni office at or 503-375-5304.


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Thursday August 22
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Help us welcome the Class of 2023 by participating in the annual Matriculation ceremony on campus.
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