Alec Forsyth ’14 and Rebecca Magnenat ’14 hold their pieces of ivy at the June 13 Ivy Cutting ceremony. Students pinned maroon and white memorial ribbons to their robes in support of one another.
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. — Jeremiah 29:11
This June marked the first year Seattle Pacific University has held two Commencement ceremonies: a graduate ceremony for master’s and doctoral degree recipients, and an undergraduate ceremony for bachelor’s degree recipients.
Graduation events began in Tiffany Loop on Friday morning, June 13, 2014, with the traditional Ivy Cutting, a ceremony beloved at SPU since 1922. Graduating seniors stood in a circle and received a piece of ivy representing both their ties to the University and the independence that comes with graduation.
Students who had completed graduate degrees gathered in Tiffany Loop on Friday afternoon for the first-ever Graduate Commencement. Undergraduate Commencement took place at Key Arena the next day on Saturday, June 14, 2014.
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The Gospel Choir performs at Baccalaureate, held Friday evening, June 13.
Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning
new mercies I see;
all I have needed
thy hand hath provided.
Great is thy faithfulness,
Lord, unto me!
— Undergraduate Commencement opening hymn
Graduating seniors await the cutting of the ivy in Tiffany Loop.
Symphony Canady ’14, Destiny Hernandez ’14, and Sarah Bargman ’14 share an Ivy Cutting moment.
Jerrell Davis ’14 and Quinten Branch ’14 celebrate.
“It wouldn’t be right if we allowed recent events to overshadow and dictate these celebratory moments, the culmination of years of preparation, the pursuit of the many hopes and dreams that you have for your life. Graduates, this is your day.”
SPU President Dan Martin, speaking at the June 13 Graduate Commencement Ceremony
President Dan Martin (left) and Provost Jeff Van Duzer greet new bachelor’s degree recipients at Undergraduate Commencement.
Abdulaziz Alshaikh MEd ’14 and other graduates from the School of Education process into Tiffany Loop for Graduate Commencement.
Seattle’s Key Arena is packed for Undergraduate Commencement.
Tori Michalec ’14, Hope Franklin ’14, Laura Nile ’14, Nicole Gehlbach ’14, Morgan Bridgman ’14, and Suzanne Brown ’14 celebrate their new undergraduate degrees.
Associate Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology Rob McKenna gives Nathan Iverson MA ’14 his hood, signifying a degree from the School of Psychology, Family, and Community.
Families watch at a graduate hooding ceremony.
“The thing I love about Seattle Pacific University and its education is you’ve been taught values and intellect, because you can’t separate the two.”
Ron Sims, former King County Executive and Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, speaking at Graduate Commencement
Ron Sims addresses the first-ever Graduate Commencement ceremony.
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