Friday, June 13, Various Times and On-Campus Locations (list forthcoming)
Students graduating with master’s degrees are invited to participate in their school or department Graduate Hooding Ceremony. During the hooding ceremony, their program director and dean will hood them. Doctoral students are also invited to attend the hooding ceremony, but will be formally hooded at the Graduate Commencement ceremony later in the afternoon.
Students should arrive at their hooding ceremonies dressed in regalia. Please note when you register online for graduation if you will participate. Tickets are not required for students and guests, but participating graduates must wear regalia.
Friday, June 13, 2:30 p.m., Tiffany Loop (on-campus)
You must register online for Commencement by following the directions below.
Please arrive at Key Arena at 1:00 p.m. sharp on Sunday, June 9. The time is needed to arrange processionals. Proceed immediately to the area assigned to your school, and pick up a card with your name before lining up in marching order. That card is for you to hand to the reading marshal as you cross the stage. Your name will be read from this card. Participating graduates must wear regalia. Do not rearrange your order of march.
Arriving, Lining Up and Marching. Graduates, please enter Key Arena by 1:00 p.m. through Gate 4A, accessible via Thomas Street on the south side of the building (your guests will enter the building separately through the main west or east entrances). Remember: You will need a ticket to gain admittance. Once inside, proceed immediately to the area assigned to your school, and pick up a card with your name before lining up in marching order. Do not rearrange your order of march.
Faculty marshals will assist everyone in lining up for the processional onto the floor. The processional will begin at 2:00 p.m. The platform party and faculty march first, doctoral degree candidates are next, followed by master’s degree candidates, and then by baccalaureate degree candidates.
Keep your place in line and be sure to sit in your assigned row. This is imperative, as you will come to the platform in alphabetical order.
2014 Commencement Speaker: TBD
Instructions on Awarding Degrees. After remarks by chairman of the Board of Trustees, President Daniel Martin and Provost Jeff Van Duzer will confer doctoral degrees, master’s degrees, and baccalaureate degrees.
On instruction from the faculty marshal, those seated left and right of the center aisle, starting with the first row, will march single file up the left and right ramps to the stage, present their name cards to the reading marshal, proceed to the center of the stage, receive their diploma covers from the president or interim vice president, and shake his hand. At this point, graduates’ pictures will be taken by the official Commencement photographer. After that, return down the center steps and aisle to your seat. Remain standing until your row is complete.
After all degrees have been conferred, the undergraduates’ tassels will be turned (from the right side to the left) upon instruction from the President. All students — graduates and undergraduates — will then rise for the singing of the “Alma Mater.” Graduating students will not recess, but should remain standing, until the platform party and faculty have exited the arena floor.
Note: Out of respect for your fellow students, undergraduate and graduate, please do not leave the arena floor until all degrees have been conferred and the ceremony has concluded.
|Important Dates to Remember|
|Online Registration begins||March 3|
|Online Cap & Gown Ordering begins||March 3|
|Tickets Available for Pick-up from Student Academic Services||April 7|
|Online Cap & Gown Ordering ends||April 18|
|Caps & Gowns Available for Pick-up from Bookstore||May 19|
|Online Registration ends||June 3|
|Ring & Announcement Ordering||Ongoing|
Online Registration (March 3 - June 3). Online registration for Graduate Commencement will be available beginning Monday, March 3 and will run through Tuesday, June 3. If you do not register by Tuesday, June 3, we will assume you are not participating in Graduate Commencement.
Registration must be done online via Banner:
If you have problems registering online, contact Student Academic Services at 206-281-2031 or email@example.com.
Tickets. At this point, we do not expect that tickets will be required for the Graduate Commencement ceremony.
Hoods and Gowns. Hoods and gowns can be ordered online, beginning Friday, March 3. The deadline for ordering caps and gowns online is midnight on Friday, April 18. Payment for caps and gowns will occur at the time of pickup (note that your online order total will display as $0.00). If you do not order your cap and gown online by April 18, 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! Once ordered, you may pick up your hood and gown, beginning May 19, at the Bookstore. It's best to pick up your hood and gown as early as possible.
If you forget to order or 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).
Rings and Announcements. Rings and announcements may be purchased at the SPU Bookstore. In early March, you will be mailed an informational brochure. If you do not receive a brochure, stop by the Bookstore for one.
Hoods and Gowns, Rings, and Announcements.
Summer 2013 Graduates. If you are a 2013 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 Friday, May 3.
Diplomas. Diplomas are not distributed during Commencement. Instead, they are sent to you once all requirements are completed and your grades have been posted for your degree. During the ceremony, you’ll receive a diploma cover. Spring Quarter graduates should receive diplomas by mid-September, Summer Quarter graduates by mid-December. Diplomas will be released when all financial obligations to the University — fines, etc. — are met.
Photographing. GradTrak 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 1-800-261-2576 (toll free), emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting www.gradtrak.com. We respectfully ask that your family and guest photographers remain in the seating area and not approach the platform.
Videotaping. Commencement DVDs will be available for purchase for $13 each. To order a DVD, send a check, payable to SPU, to the Office of Academic Affairs, 3307 Third Ave. W., Suite 102, Seattle, WA 98119. Be sure to include your name, address, indication of "Graduate Commencement", and the number of DVDs you wish to purchase. DVDs will be mailed out in July. For more information, contact the Office of the Provost at 206-281-2125 or email@example.com. We respectfully ask that your family and guest videographers remain in the seating area and not approach the platform.
Thank you! We'll see you there!