Undergraduate Instructions

Students at Ivy Cutting


There are important steps you must take before you graduate (further instructions provided below):

  • Register for Commencement
  • Order your regalia
  • Pick up your regalia
  • Pick up your Commencement tickets


You must register online for Commencement:

  • Log onto Banner
  • Choose "Student Menu"
  • Choose "Graduation Menu"
  • Choose "Graduation Events Sign-up"


Registration is how you will receive tickets for the Commencement ceremony, as tickets are required for entrance into Alaska Airlines Arena. Tickets can only be requested and distributed by you, the student. Each graduating student will be issued 11 tickets for the Commencement ceremony: a book of 10 tickets to distribute to your guests and one student ticket for yourself.

Likewise, you will receive four Ivy Cutting rain plan tickets, in case we need to move Ivy Cutting indoors.

You can pick your tickets up at Grad Fest, on April 9, or thereafter, in the Registration Office in Demaray 151. You must pick up all of your tickets by end-of-day Tuesday, May 28. Any tickets not picked up by May 28 will be offered in a lottery to students seeking additional tickets, starting Wednesday, May 29.

If you have extra tickets to share, please return them to the Registration Office (Demaray 151). For each ticket you return, your name will be entered into a drawing for cool prizes (i.e. reserved VIP seating for your guests at the Commencement ceremony). Likewise, if you give away any of your tickets to fellow graduates in need of additional ones, please email graduationinfo@spu.edu, and let us know how many tickets you gave away. We will then add you into the drawing that way as well.

Please store all tickets in a safe place, as there will be no replacement tickets available.

If you have any issues or questions associated with registration or tickets for Commencement, please contact Student Academic Services at 206-281-2031 or sasinfo@spu.edu.


You must order your regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) by Friday, March 1. See the cap and gown page for more information.


If your regalia order is placed by March 1, your regalia will be ready to pick up at Grad Fest on Tuesday, April 9. If you do not purchase your regalia by March 1, you will be able to purchase it at the SPU Bookstore at a higher price point. See the cap and gown page for more information.


Ivy Cutting

Friday, June 7, 9:30–10:30 a.m., Tiffany Loop

Graduates, please arrive promptly at 9:15 a.m. to line up. Meet on the south side of the Fifth Avenue streetscape (between Marston and Weter).

Wear your cap and gown (with tassel on the right side) and any special cords or stoles you’ve been awarded. The processional will begin moving down to Tiffany Loop at 9:25 a.m.

Remember that this is an outdoor ceremony, so please adjust your clothing and footwear accordingly.

If you have any accessibility needs (i.e. cannot manage stairs), please contact graduationinfo@spu.edu, so we can assist with accommodations.

Tickets are not required for guests, unless there is a rain plan.

Baccalaureate Service

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

Graduates do not wear caps and gowns for the service. Tickets are not required.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, June 8, 7–9:30 p.m., Alaska Airlines Arena, 3870 Montlake Blvd. N.E.

Please arrive at Alaska Airlines Arena by 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.). through the loading dock entrance on the south side of the building (accessible on the pathway between the arena and Husky Stadium). Your guests will enter the building separately through the two main entrances at the front of the building.

Proceed immediately to the area assigned to your school, and pick up a card with your name before lining up for the processional. That card is for you to hand to the reading marshal as you cross the stage. Your name will be read from this card. 

Faculty marshals will assist you in lining up for the processional onto the floor. The processional will begin at 7:00 p.m. sharp. The platform party and faculty march first, followed by the students.

Keep your place in line, and be sure to sit in your assigned row. You must stay with your school.

After Commencement

Meeting Family Members/Guests: After the Commencement ceremony, your family members and guests should plan to meet you outside of the arena. Family members and guests will not be allowed on the arena floor.