2017 Graduate Commencement Details and Dates


Registering Online

Register to participate in Commencement beginning Tuesday, January 17.  

Registration is done through Banner:

  • Log into Banner
  • Choose “Student Menu”
  • Choose "Graduation Menu"
  • Choose "Graduation Events Sign-up”

If you do not register by Tuesday, May 30, we will assume you are not participating in Commencement.

Caps, Gowns, Hoods, Announcements and Class Rings

You may purchase caps, gowns, hoods, graduation announcements, and class rings from Herff-Jones all through one ordering website - a link will be included when ordering begins on Tuesday, January 17. Payment for online orders will be required at checkout. 

Online ordering will close on Friday, March 10. If you have completed your order by that time, your items will be available for pick up at the Grad Fair in Upper Gwinn on Tuesday, April 11 or at any time after that at the SPU Bookstore.

If you have not completed your order by March 10, you will have a chance to purchase your regalia as well as announcements at the Grad Fair, or in the Bookstore after April 11.

Orders for rings must be purchased by Friday, April 14 at the latest as there is an 8 week lead time for production. 

If you have questions about caps, gowns, hoods, rings, or announcements, please contact the Bookstore at 206-281-2137 or email bookstore@spu.edu

Men will remove their caps for the invocation and leave them off until the conclusion of the Commencement address. Replace them prior to moving to the platform and remove them again for the benediction, replacing them for the recessional. 

Summer 2017 Graduates

If you will be a 2017 Summer graduate, have already applied for graduation, and wish to have your name in the Graduate Commencement program and participate in the Graduate Commencement ceremony, you must register for Summer Session for all needed requirements no later than Friday, April 28.


Diplomas are not distributed during Commencement. Instead, you will receive yours once all requirements are completed, your grades have been posted for your degree, and all financial obligations to the University (e.g., fines, etc.) are met. During the ceremony, you’ll receive a diploma cover.

Spring Quarter graduates should receive diplomas by mid-September; summer graduates should receive diplomas by mid-December.


Photography: GradImages is the official photography company for Commencement. They will take a photograph of each graduate receiving his or her diploma, and graduates will receive a proof in the mail shortly after the ceremony. You can contact the company at 1-800-628-4509, or by visiting gradimages.com.

No other photographers are allowed on the arena floor or in any aisle in the stands.

Videotaping: All High Ceremonies will be recorded for live streaming purposes. You can watch live streams of Ivy Cutting, Graduate Commencement, and Undergraduate Commencement on our Live Streaming Page.

No other videographers are allowed on the arena floor or in any aisle in the stands.

For more information, contact the Office of the Provost at 206-281-2125 or graduationinfo@spu.edu.

Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013