2018 Commencement Faculty Instructions

Faculty at Ivy Cutting

TRAFFIC ADVISORY FOR SATURDAY – SR 99 will have two lanes closed, both northbound and southbound, in the stadium district. More information can be found here.

Day-of Schedule and Locations

Ivy Cutting

Friday, June 8, 9:30–10:30 a.m., Tiffany Loop

Faculty members, please meet between Moyer Hall and Peterson Hall at
9:15 a.m. to line up for the processional. Please dress in academic regalia.

Graduate Hooding Ceremonies

Friday, June 8, various times and on-campus locations

Graduate faculty members and school deans will hood graduate students in individual school/program hooding ceremonies prior to the Graduate Commencement ceremony at various on-campus locations. Faculty, please dress in academic regalia.

11 a.m.
School of Health Sciences
Fine Center/Sanctuary, First Free Methodist Church
  School of Psychology, Family, and Community:  
11 a.m. Clinical Psychology Demaray 150
11 a.m. Industrial-Organizational Psychology EE Bach Theater, McKinley Hall
12:30 p.m. Marriage and Family Therapy Moyer Hall Lounge
12:20 p.m.
School of Business, Government, and Economics
Nickerson Studios
12:30 p.m.
MA - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Library Seminar Room
12:30 p.m.
School of Education
Upper Gwinn Commons
12:30 p.m.
Seattle Pacific Seminary
Gymnasium, First Free Methodist Church
*The Master of Fine Arts program will perform their hooding ceremony in Santa Fe, NM.

Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Friday, June 8, 2:003:30 p.m., Tiffany Loop

Graduate faculty members, please meet between Moyer Hall and Peterson Hall at 1:45 p.m. to line up for the processional. Graduate faculty will process up to the front where there will be faculty seating.

Note: This is an outdoor ceremony. If rain is in the forecast, please plan accordingly. See rain plan for more details. 


Friday, June 8, 7:30–8:30 p.m., Royal Brougham Pavilion

This is an informal worship service planned by the undergraduate students for graduates and their guests. Academic regalia is not worn. Everyone is welcome to attend, general seating is available.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, June 9, 1:00–3:30 p.m., KeyArena, 305 Harrison Street

Faculty, please enter KeyArena by 12:00 p.m. through Gate 4A, accessible via Thomas Street on the south side of the building (closest parking garage is 1st Avenue North Garage, between John and Thomas Street, 1/2 block south of the arena). You will then be directed to the faculty entrance into the building.

  • Please arrive no later than 12:00 p.m.
  • Pick up your ticket outside of Gate 4A before entering KeyArena. You must have a ticket to enter the arena.
  • All faculty will gather in Club Live. 
  • Proceed to the marked area where you will line up.
  • The faculty marshals will assist with arranging the procession.

Faculty, you are required to attend Ivy Cutting and either Undergraduate or Graduate Commencement (as assigned by your dean). You are encouraged and welcome to attend both Commencement ceremonies and Baccalaureate.

If you are unable to attend any of the required events, you must receive written permission from your dean to be absent. 

Directions and parking


To Rent Regalia:

Please contact Christine Perkins in the Bookstore by Friday, April 13. Please indicate your height, as well as your advanced degree (master's or doctorate) and the institution from which you received your degree. If you have a doctorate, please indicate whether you would like a cap or tam.

To Purchase Regalia:

Please visit the Grad Fest on Tuesday, April 10, 10:00 am-7:00 pm. Our Herff Jones representative will give you purchasing options, take your measurements, etc. If you cannot attend the Grad Fair, but still want to purchase, please send this completed order form to Christine Perkins in the Bookstore by Friday, April 13.

Have Questions?

If you have additional questions, check the Commencement FAQ page or contact the Office of the Provost: 206-281-2125 or graduationinfo@spu.edu.