2018 Graduate Commencement Details and Dates


Registering Online

Register to participate in Commencement beginning Tuesday, January 16.  

Registration is done through Banner:

  • Log into Banner
  • Choose “Student Menu”
  • Choose "Graduation Menu"
  • Choose "Graduation Events Sign-up”

If you do not register by Tuesday, May 29, we will assume you are not participating in Commencement.

Caps, Gowns, Hoods, Announcements and Class Rings

You may purchase caps, gowns, hoods, graduation announcements, and class rings from Herff-Jones all through one ordering website. Payment for online orders will be required at checkout. See a list of degree types and corresponding hood colors.

Online ordering will close on Friday, March 9 at midnight. If you have completed your order by that time, your items will be available for pick up at the Grad Fest in Upper Gwinn on Tuesday, April 10 or at any time after that at the SPU Bookstore.

If you miss the online ordering deadline, you will be able to purchase your regalia, on a first-come, first-served basis at the Grad Fair or, thereafter, in the Bookstore, at a higher price point.

NOTE: If you want to purchase an individual item (i.e. a cap or a tassel), and not the entire regalia package, you will be able to purchase these items at the Grad Fest or, thereafter, in the Bookstore.

Announcements / Class Rings / Diploma Frames Ordering: Please order your announcements, class rings, and diploma frames in order to get them in plenty of time for graduation. Announcements and class rings will be shipped to you directly. Diploma frames are available online or at the Bookstore.

If you have questions about caps, gowns, hoods, rings, or announcements, please contact the Bookstore at 206-281-2137 or email bookstore@spu.edu

Men will remove their caps for the invocation and leave them off until the conclusion of the Commencement address. Replace them prior to moving to the platform and remove them again for the benediction, replacing them for the recessional. 

Summer 2018 Graduates

If you will be a 2018 Summer graduate, have already applied for graduation, and wish to have your name in the Graduate Commencement program and participate in the Graduate Commencement ceremony, you must register for Summer Session for all needed requirements no later than Friday, April 27.


Diplomas are not distributed during Commencement. Instead, you will receive yours once all requirements are completed, your grades have been posted for your degree, and all financial obligations to the University (e.g., fines, etc.) are met. During the ceremony, you’ll receive a diploma cover.

Spring Quarter graduates should receive diplomas by mid-September; summer graduates should receive diplomas by mid-December.


Photography: GradImages is the official photography company for Commencement. They will take a photograph of each graduate receiving his or her diploma, and graduates will receive a proof in the mail shortly after the ceremony. You can contact the company at 1-800-628-4509, or by visiting gradimages.com.

No other photographers are allowed on the arena floor or in any aisle in the stands.

Videotaping: All High Ceremonies will be recorded for live streaming purposes. You can watch live streams of Ivy Cutting, Graduate Commencement, and Undergraduate Commencement on our Live Streaming Page.

No other videographers are allowed on the arena floor or in any aisle in the stands.

For more information, contact the Office of the Provost at 206-281-2125 or graduationinfo@spu.edu.