Parents and Families in the Loop

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.

At the beginning of each year, our student leaders gather for a leadership kickoff. This past year, the theme was “Leading Bravely” — an apt focus for their service on our campus and in future endeavors.

"Seeing my play streamed worldwide, I felt speechless. So much of my life up to this point was culminating in this moment."

After a nationwide search, Rev. Lisa Ishihara was selected to become the University chaplain for SPU, beginning August 1.

Beginning in Autumn Quarter 2018, Criminal Justice, one of SPU’s new majors, will prepare students to examine policing, courts, and corrections, and how they are shaped by society, race, class, and gender.

Parents and families of graduating students are invited to celebrate graduation at the Falcons Forever BBQ on Friday, June 8 at 5:30 p.m. preceding Baccalaureate.

Through the Industrial-Organizational Psychology programs, students become scholar-leaders and instruments of change in the world of work — one meaningful conversation at a time.

Alumni benefits after graduation

Encourage your SPU alum to stay connected to SPU after she or he graduates. Graduates of SPU receive lifetime membership in the SPU Alumni Association, a network of over 45,000 Falcons worldwide. Beyond graduation, the SPU Alumni Association is dedicated to supporting alumni and maintaining their sense of pride and connection with SPU.

Here are a few ways graduates can find support and stay connected:

  • Professional development: The Center for Career and Calling will always be available to alumni throughout their professional careers for résumé, career advice, and more.
  • Networking: Alumni can build their personal and professional networks with LinkedIn at spu.edu/linkedinalumni (exclusively for SPU alumni), Instagram (@spugoldalumni), Facebook at spu.edu/alumnifacebook, and SPU Switchboard at spu.switchboardhq.com.
  • Events: Alumni are invited back to campus for academic reunions, Homecoming, career development events, and more. 
  • SPU publications: Alumni receive SPU’s award-winning Response magazine, as well as Connections, a monthly alumni e-newsletter.
  • Invest in the future generations of Falcons: Alumni are also invited to consider the ways they can give back to SPU with their time, talents, and resources.

Notes from Student Financial Services

Handshake: Summer job postings online

Is your student looking for summer employment? Students can apply for on- and off-campus summer jobs through the online job board Handshake. If your student is hired for a summer position, he or she will need to have original documentation to complete the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. Your student or you may contact Alyse Bradway, student employment coordinator, at ose@spu.edu with any questions. 

Authorized payer signup process

Bills from Student Financial Services are now available exclusively through our payment site, QuikPAY. To receive notification when a bill is available, you must be an “Authorized Payer.” Instructions for how your student can set you up can be found at spu.edu/authorize. Once you are an authorized payer, you can set your notification preferences within the QuikPAY site to ensure you receive regular notifications of SPU bills.

Upcoming Events

Autumn Quarter 2018 registration begins

Monday, May 1: returning students
Friday, May 18: incoming students


Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

Thursday, May 24
7:30 p.m. | First Free Methodist Church
Live streaming available

Under the direction of Julia Tai, the Symphony Orchestra will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Flos Campi with violist Amber Archibald-Sesek, and include combined SPU choirs.


Memorial Day

Monday, May 28

No day classes. Evening classes meet.


Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert

Tuesday, May 29
7:30 p.m. | E.E. Bach Theatre
Live streaming available

Under the direction of Dan Adams, the Percussion Ensemble spring concert will feature a variety of chamber ensembles from the percussion studio.


Last Day for Classes

Friday, June 1


Spring Quarter Finals

Friday, June 5-7


Ivy Cutting

Friday, June 8
9:30 a.m. | Tiffany Loop
Live streaming available

Since 1922, Ivy Cutting has symbolized graduating students’ tie to the University and their fellow alumni, as well as a newfound independence that comes with graduation. For complete information about 2018 graduation events, visit spu.edu/commencement.


Falcons Forever BBQ

Friday, June 8
5:30 p.m. | Tiffany Loop
$10 per person; kids under age 10 eat free

The Class of 2018 and their families, as well as Class of 2017 alumni are invited to gather for BBQ cuisine, music, and inspiration. To register, visit spu.edu/falconsforever. For complete information about 2018 graduation events, visit spu.edu/commencement.


Residence halls close for summer

Friday, June 8
4 p.m. | All campus


Baccalaureate

Friday, June 8
4 p.m. | All campus
7:30 p.m. | Royal Brougham Pavilion

An informal worship service shared by graduates and their families, friends, and professors. For complete information about 2018 graduation events, visit spu.edu/commencement.


Undergraduate Commencement

Saturday, June 9
1 p.m. | Key Arena, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle
7:30 p.m. | Living streaming available

This year’s Commencement speaker is Bob Goff, professor, attorney, New York Times best-selling author of Love Does, and founder of Love Does, a nonprofit human-rights organization serving in Nepal, Iraq, and Somalia. Tickets are free to graduating students, and tickets are required for admittance for anyone age 3 and up. For complete information about 2018 graduation events, visit spu.edu/commencement.


2018 Special Olympics gymnastics

July 3-5
1 p.m. | Key Arena, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle
Royal Brougham Pavilion

SPU will be a host venue for the gymnastic events of the 2018 USA Special Olympics games. For more information, visit the Athletics Department.

E-newsletter signup

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Visit the archives for  current and past issues.

Orientation Guidebook

See the Guidebook

Just getting started at SPU? Here’s everything you need to know, from food to parking to getting involved. This guidebook has it all.

Undergraduate admissions, students talking on campus

Falcon Formation

Whether you are a prospective or current student, a parent, or a faculty or staff member, discover how vital “Falcon Formation” is to student life and learning at Seattle Pacific.

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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