Graduation

Apply to graduate

All undergraduate students must formally apply to graduate. By applying to graduate, you declare your intention to complete all degree requirements by the end of the quarter noted.

  • You are encouraged to apply to graduate approximately one year prior to your intended graduation term.
  • You are eligible to apply once you have earned at least 105 college-level credits and are admitted to at least one major.
  • When applying, you must have one faculty advisor for each major and minor.


You apply for graduation online through Banner > Student Menu > Graduation Menu > Apply to Graduate.

Once you have submitted your Graduation Application, you will receive communications regarding your academic progress from your academic counselor and your assigned faculty advisor(s).

Degree posting

Your degree will be awarded for the quarter in which all final requirements have been completed.

Degrees are awarded and diplomas are ordered by the end of the quarter following the quarter in which the degree was completed. If you wish to change the quarter in which you plan to graduate, you must contact Student Academic Services at sasinfo@spu.edu or 206-281-2031 to make that change.

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Graduation vs. Commencement

Graduation is the official awarding of your degree once you complete all required work for it. Your transcript will show you’ve graduated, and a diploma will be ordered.

Commencement is the ceremony in which you march with your classmates, have your name read, and receive a diploma cover from the university president.

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