2016 Undergraduate Commencement Details and Dates


Registering Online

Register to participate in Commencement beginning Tuesday, March 4. 

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 31, we will assume you are not participating in Commencement.

    Announcements and Class Rings

    You may purchase graduation announcements and class rings from Balfour, which can later be picked up at the SPU Bookstore. In early March, expect an informational brochure from Balfour in your mailbox. If you do not receive the brochure, stop by the Bookstore for one.

    Caps and Gowns

    Order your caps and gown online beginning Tuesday, March 1. Payment for your cap and gown will occur at the time of pickup — your online order total will display as $0. Once ordered, you may pick up your cap and gown, beginning May 16, at the Bookstore. It's best to pick up your cap and gown as early as possible.

    The deadline for ordering caps and gowns online is midnight on Wednesday, April 20.

    If you do not order your cap and gown online by April 20, you must order them in person at the Bookstore in mid-May — on a first-come, first-serve basis. To avoid missing out, order early and order online!

    If you forget to pick up your cap and/or gown, the Bookstore will have a table at Key Arena, selling caps and gowns before the Commencement ceremony begins.

    If you have questions about caps, gowns, rings, and announcements, please stop by the Bookstore, or call them at 206-281-2137 (from a campus phone, dial x2137).

    • As an undergraduate student, you will wear your tassel on the right side of your mortar board.
    • 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.


    Tickets are required for admission into Key Arena, both for guests (age 3 and up) and graduates. Once you have registered online, you may pick up your tickets at Student Academic Services (SAS) on the first floor of Demaray Hall. Your tickets will be available beginning Monday, April 11.

    • Students will be given 10 tickets. If you need more, request them when you register online.
    • You are responsible for distributing your tickets to your guests before Commencement. No one will be allowed into Key Arena without a ticket.
    • If you are away from campus and unable to pick up your tickets (e.g., you graduated Winter Quarter, are on a study abroad, etc.), email sasinfo@spu.edu and your tickets will be mailed to you.

    Summer 2016 Graduates

    If you will be a 2016 Summer graduate, have already applied for graduation, and wish to have your name in the Commencement program and participate in Commencement Exercises, you must register for Summer Session for all needed requirements no later than Monday, May 16th. 


    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 their diploma, and you will get 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.


    If your family members and guests would like to rent a private suite at Key Arena from which to view Commencement, with seating for 16 people and a private bathroom, as well as the option of ordering catering*, the cost is $400. Full payment is due at the time of reservation.

    If you would like more information on renting a suite, contact Steve Ransom at Key Arena by calling 206-428-6300 or emailing sransom@aegworldwide.com. All suites must be reserved and paid for by May 16. Please note that wrapped packages and balloons are not allowed inside Key Arena.

    Suites will be available when the Key Arena doors open at 1:45 p.m. and will remain open until one hour after Commencement is over. Cost includes two parking passes to the 1st Avenue North Garage. Suite entry is near the parking garage. Suites are available on a first-come, first-served basis and reservations must be made by Thursday, June 11th. 

    Suiteholders map

    *All catering orders are charged separately and must be completed by June 9. Catering is managed by Levy Restaurants. No outside food or beverages are permitted in the private suites.

    Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013



    Did You Know?

    The type of degree a student earns determines the color of the tassel on the cap.