Parent Connection—Spring 2018
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Dear Parents,

Every student has a story to tell about this year’s accomplishments and challenges. Most likely, this has been a year of personal and professional growth, and we hope your student has cultivated lifelong friendships along the way. Be sure to celebrate their accomplishments! (There’s still time to send a “Surprise Your Student” care package—find more details below.)

Is your student graduating this year? Congratulations! You'll find helpful graduation information below, and a list of ways your student can stay connected after graduation.

If your student will be back with us next fall, take a moment now to mark important dates (like Thanksgiving break) on your calendar—see the "events and deadlines" section below.

Thank you for sharing your student with us this year, and have a fabulous summer!

Claudia Santellano
Alumni and Parent Relations Director

Tips and FAQs
created for parents like you.

Parent Resource Page

A place for everyone

You may have heard from your student that we've been focusing on how we care for each other here at Walla Walla University, particularly discussing topics related to diversity and inclusion. I've asked Dr. Doug Tilstra, vice president for Student Life, to provide an update about this ongoing conversation.

Q. Is WWU a safe place for students?
A. Yes, and still a challenging place. Across campus our students, faculty, and staff have redoubled efforts to identify pockets of hate and attitudes of disrespect. We are setting in motion actions that lead toward empathy, heartfelt listening, and love. That work will never be completely done this side of heaven. However, we can make hate less and less likely to occur and love more and more likely to occur on our campus through intentionality in the areas of education, awareness, consequences for cruel disregard of others, and encouragement for movements toward understanding and reconciliation.

Q. How is WWU preparing students to engage with people from different backgrounds and cultures?
A. By the end of this month we will have crafted an eight-point strategy that ranges from curricular and co-curricular changes to hiring and harassment policies. All our strategy is worthless though, unless we open our hearts to God and to one another. That is our prayer as we work diligently on the strategic actions.

Q. What resources are available for my student if they wish to talk about issues of diversity or inclusion?
A. Many resources! Your student may want to:

These are only a few of the options available. As always, please feel free to connect with me on any topics of interest to you.

Study abroad: Parent perspectives

Eduardo and Colleen Gonzalez (att.), parents of Andre Gonzalez, sophomore engineering major, and Kenton Gonzalez '16, share about their visit to the Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA) campus in Germany, where Andre spent nine months. If your student plans to study abroad during their college experience, you'll want to also watch for the summer Westwind magazine, which will include a feature on how experiences like these help WWU students expand their worldview.

ACA from a Parent's Perspective

Graduation 2018—June 17, 8:30 a.m.

In just a couple of weeks, we will celebrate with the Class of 2018 as they receive their hard-earned diplomas and embark on new adventures. In the class are 335 students who will receive bachelor's degrees and 70 students receiving master's degrees.

Commencement starts at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 17. Addressing the Class of 2018 will be Randy Roberts, senior pastor at Loma Linda University Seventh-day Adventist Church and father of a graduating senior. Click here for graduation weekend details, including details about watching online >

Order leis for your graduate
The University Bookstore is accepting orders for leis to be delivered at Commencement on Sunday morning. Flowers can be picked up at the bookstore booth on Centennial Green before graduation begins. We strongly recommend you order in advance; however, some leis may be available for sale Sunday morning, first come first serve. To place your order, call the University Bookstore at (509) 527-2441. 

Encourage your graduate to stay connected with WWU
Here are six easy ways they can do that:

  • Contact Information Updates — New address, new job or name change to share? Simply complete an online Alumni Contact Update Form.
  • Alumni Currents e-Newsletter — Learn about alumni events, campus news, and alumni activities and accomplishments. Alumni Currents is emailed three times a year.
  • LinkedIn — Network with alumni professionals through our LinkedIn group by joining the Walla Walla University Alumni group. 
  • Facebook — Socialize and keep in touch online with fellow alumni through our Facebook group. Take a minute to join the Walla Walla University Alumni group.
  • Instagram — Follow and tag @wallawallauniversityalumni to stay connected with the university and other alumni, one post at a time.
  • Westwind magazine — From alumni profiles to campus news to special feature articles, Westwind is a full-color, 32-page, magazine mailed to alumni three times a year.
Find Graduation Weekend Information

Know anyone on these Dean's Lists?

To be included in one of the two Dean's Lists, a student must have taken a minimum of 15 credits of graded work A-F, with a GPA of 3.5 - 3.749 for the Dean's List, and 3.75 - 4.0 for the Dean's List of Distinguished Students. We are proud of these students' achievements, and recognize them here in a special way.

View Dean's Lists

Summer at WWU: Classes, housing, finances

WWU offers a number of summer academic options. Students can take classes in a number of disciplines at one of our campuses or online. The eight-week summer session starts June 25 and ends August 17. Click here to learn more about summer session.

Summer classes and financial clearance 
Will your student be taking any summer classes? If they will be taking six or more credits and get financial aid, they should submit a summer aid request form. Financial clearance for summer quarter opens June 5, with a deadline of 4 p.m. on June 25. 

Summer online classes 
WWU will offer over 40 online classes this summer. You can look at the summer schedule and click the box for “Online Only” courses. Regular tuition rates apply to online courses. Many of these classes meet the General Studies requirements (coded “GS”).

Financial aid awards and payment plans 
If your student applied for financial aid for 2018-19, they will be sent the financial aid award letter and the payment plan. Make sure they share that information with you if you’ll be helping with their finances. Student Financial Services has been sending out award notices within about a week of receiving all required information. Your student’s “To Do” list on myWWU will show any missing items. 

Summer housing 
Is your student planning on renting from WWU this summer, but not taking classes? Students will need to meet four criteria: 1) Their student account needs to be paid; 2) They must be enrolled in classes for fall quarter; 3) If they get financial aid, they need to have financial aid awarded for fall quarter; and 4) They need to pay for the summer rent up front, or if they’re working on campus, they need to sign up for at least a 75 percent payroll deduction. For exceptions to these criteria, talk to a financial counselor in Student Financial Services.

See Summer Session Details

Camp meetings and Teachers' Convention

Headed to camp meeting? You'll find WWU representatives at several Pacific Northwest camp meetings (see link below for the list). Stop by and visit with us at our booths or events!

You'll also find WWU at the 2018 Teachers' Convention in Chicago, August 6-9! Be sure to visit booth #728 in the exhibit hall. You can meet and chat with WWU School of Education and Psychology faculty and students attending the convention, and share your stories with us! A special gift is available to the first 300 WWU alumni to visit our Teachers' Convention booth.

Camp Meetings: Find WWU Here

Family Weekends: Save the dates now!

Make plans now to join us for one of the two Family Weekends offered in the fall:

  • College Place Campus, October 26 - 28: Enjoy class visits on Friday morning; Friday afternoon ice cream; Student Missions Welcome Back Vespers and Apple Fest Friday evening; and Sabbath church services followed by lunch with WWU Administration. The weekend concludes with Evensong as well as a talent program.
  • Portland Campus, November 10: Worship together Sabbath morning, enjoy Sabbath lunch with WWU Administration, then celebrate with junior nursing students at the Nurses' Dedication Ceremony and Reception.
More About Family Weekends
June 15 - 17
Graduation Weekend
Commencement, June 17, 8:30 a.m.
June 25
Summer Advantage begins
Summer Session begins
July 4
Independence Day—no classes
July 18
"WWU Night" with the Walla Walla Sweets
August 3
Six-week summer session ends
August 16
Classes at Rosario end
August 25
Eight-week summer session ends
August 15
Athletics matches begin
August 31
10-week session ends
September 24
Fall quarter begins
October 26 - 28
College Place campus Family Weekend
November 10
Portland campus Family Weekend
November 18 - 25
Thanksgiving break
December 13 - January 6
Christmas break
View Our Full Calendar Online

Digital learning technologies

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CoLab 2018

An evening of invention brings together multiple departments to improve bicycle safety Read more >

Supportive parents: Get involved!

Surprise your student!
Our "Surprise Your Student” program offers the opportunity to send your student cupcakes or care packages delivered straight to their door. Cupcakes come from Frosted, Walla Walla's premier cupcake shop. The care packages hold an assortment of fun, creative, and tasty treats and they can be personalized with several different themes: "Birthday,” "Thinking of You,” "Get Well," and "Missing You.” Through this program, you can also order gift cards to local merchants and balloon bouquets.
Go Ahead, Make Your Student’s Day!
Share your insights and tips with other parents
Do you have insights to share with next year’s freshman parents? How did you manage your student's transition to college? What have you learned during their college journey? Take a moment to share your observations and tips with other parents by completing this simple form >
Support WWU with Amazon Purchases
When you purchase items on Amazon, you can help support Walla Walla University. As you make your standard purchases or perhaps as you shop for graduation presents, this is an easy way to help. To get started, go to and use your regular login information. Then enter “Walla Walla University” as your donation choice. Amazon will automatically donate 0.5% of your purchase to the University Fund which goes toward student scholarship, academic innovation and facility improvements. Amazon Smile does not work on the Amazon app.
Stay connected with what’s happening on campus!
Visit our website at, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also download our campus app for quick access to the calendar, directory information, and other campus resources. 
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Visiting your student?

Local shuttle service from Pasco airport: The Grape Line shuttle runs seven days a week several times a day between Walla Walla and Pasco. Costs varies depending on the place of departure and the destination. Find more information or to make an online reservation >

Reserve a room: There are three guest rooms available on campus for rent. The fee for these rooms is $60/night plus tax. Arrange to stay in one of these rooms or to learn about other area lodging options >

Camper/RV accommodations available: Camper/RV parking is available behind Sittner Hall, the men’s residence hall. Power, water, and sewage hook-ups are included in the $10 nightly fee. First come first served. Call Sittner front desk at (509) 527-2111 for details.

Quick resources for parents

Academic Advisement (509) 527-2132
Academic Records (509) 527-2811
Alumni and Advancement Services (509) 527-2631
Campus Ministries (509) 527-2010
Counseling and Testing Services (509) 527-2147
Marketing and Enrollment Services (509) 527-2327
Parent Relations (509) 527-2644
Student Development Center (509) 527-2664
Student Employment (509) 527-2357
Student Financial Services (509) 527-2815
Student Missions (509) 527-2633
University Health Clinic (509) 527-2425
WWU Church (509) 527-2800
Alumni events
Alumni e-newsletter
Dean’s list
Meal plans
Parent Handbook
Payment plans
Scholarship search
Student Life
Student Handbook
University Church
University Health Clinic
Don’t see the number or link you need listed?
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