Parents and Families in the Loop

Student and parents

Welcome to the news, events, and support site for Seattle Pacific parents and families.

We share a lofty goal: To prepare all our students to make a difference, wherever God takes them. Thank you for trusting us to play such an important role in your student’s life and learning.

You play a part in this grand adventure, as well. Read here how you can stand with your student in our shared mission to help engage the culture and change the world.

Before the rush and excitement of graduation events overtake us, I’d like to pause for just a moment to say congratulations to the families of our Class of 2017. Can you believe the time has almost arrived? Read more

When Free Methodist founders broke ground for Seattle Pacific, they planted a powerful dream that young graduates would help change the world. In this video, you’ll see how this dream is still very much alive today.

For more than a century, SPU has graduated individuals who have carried out our mission to engage the culture and change the world. Our 125 Ones to Watch list consists of notable GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) alumni.

As part of our 125th anniversary celebration, SPU has set the goal of 125,000 hours of community service during the 2016–17 academic year. We invite you to join students, faculty, staff, and alumni in volunteering, and to watch for good things happening all around. Learn more about 125,000 hours of service.

The Real Cost of Higher Education

Some people rank college degrees by ROI, or “return on investment.” Tuition, room, and board cost x. Resulting yearly salary brings in y. Did you know that College Scorecard ranks SPU quite favorably in after-graduation salary levels? But there’s more to it than that. Let’s look at the numbers — and the equation — from a different perspective.


Combatting the refugee crisis: Why these college students biked 400+ miles

Stories from the refugee crisis flood our newsfeeds. Just when you think the photos of young children trying to flee violence couldn’t be more heartbreaking, you see a new photo, and it proves you wrong. Watch the video.


SPU Debate: Murg, Students attend competition

Under the guidance of Assistant Professor of Political Science Bradley Murg, two students on the SPU Debate Team won awards at the recent Sun Cliffs Classic Debate Tournament at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Alex Donka took the top speaker trophy, and Allison Lindsay won the fifth speaker trophy. This is Murg’s first year as faculty advisor and coach to the team of eight students.

Upcoming Events

Bryan Stevenson Lecture : American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity, and Making a Difference
Tuesday, March 28, 11:10 a.m. (doors open at 10:10 a.m.)

Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and a professor of law at New York University School of Law, Bryan Stevenson has received national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He will be the guest speaker in chapel on Tuesday, March 28, at 11:10 a.m. in Brougham Pavilion on campus. The event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.


Admitted Student Preview Preview
April 6–7

Admitted students and parents, join us at this exclusive event just for you. Students will experience residence hall life, tour around Seattle, hear from SPU’s President Dan Martin, and meet tons of students who’ll also be calling SPU home in Autumn 2017. There will be two Admitted Student Preview sessions specifically for parents. If you are traveling with your son or daughter, you can check out these nearby hotels, some of which offer SPU discounts. Register for Admitted Student Preview.


Dad’s Day 2017
Saturday, May 6

Seattle Pacific University’s Dad’s Day is one of the most popular annual parent events held at SPU — and it always sells out. Don’t pass up a chance to spend some time on campus and to bond with your SPU daughter or son. Enjoy a hearty breakfast, a great soccer contest between the MLS Cup Champion Seattle Sounders FC and runner up Toronto FC at CenturyLink, then stay for a play performance of Into the Woods at SPU! Register today!


Falcons Forever BBQ
June 9, 2017

Graduating students and their families are invited to the Falcons Forever BBQ on Friday, June 9, at 5:30 p.m. preceding the Baccalaureate. This fun, summer-inspired BBQ picnic celebrates both the graduating class of 2017 and the class of 2016’s one-year reunion.

The Falcons Forever BBQ features the best in tasty cuisine, live music, and inspiration for all. Kids under 8 eat free. RSVP and purchase your tickets by Wednesday, June 7. No refunds will be available after this day. Location to be announced.


2017 Commencement Events
June 9–10, 2017

Mark your calendar for Seattle Pacific commencement for undergraduate students June 9–10. These memorable ceremonies will be live streamed for family and friends who are unable to attend.

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Response Magazine

Our print and online magazine helps you be an informed voice for global Christian engagement.

What’s coming next?

When do residence halls open and close? When does Autumn Quarter begin? How about Orientation or finals? Academic year highlights for the coming year are now posted.

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