2018 Undergraduate Commencement Instructions

Students 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

Graduates, please arrive promptly at 9:15 a.m. to line up. Meet at the Marston Hall entrance on the Fifth Avenue streetscape (on the west side of Marston-Watson Hall).

Wear your cap and gown and any special cords you’ve been awarded. We will begin marching into Tiffany Loop at 9:25 a.m. Tickets are not required.


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


Registration opens on January 16, 2018. Get online registration details

You must register online for Commencement by May 30, 2018, by following the directions below:

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

This is also how you will request tickets both for yourself and for your guests to enter KeyArena (tickets are required for entrance and can only be requested by you, the graduate). Once you have registered online, you may pick up your tickets at Student Academic Services (SAS) on the first floor of Demaray Hall. Your tickets will be available beginning Monday, April 2. 

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

Arriving, Lining Up, and Marching

On the day of Commencement, the arena doors will open at 11:45 a.m., allowing your family and friends entrance to the seating area. Remember: You and your guests will each need a ticket to gain entrance.

Graduates must arrive at KeyArena by 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9.

As a graduate, please enter KeyArena by 12:00 p.m. through Gate 4A, accessible via Thomas Street on the south side of the building. (Your guests will enter the building separately through the main west or east entrances).

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 1:00 p.m. 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 on the Main Concourse or outside of the arena through the east or west doors. Family members and guests will not be allowed on the arena floor.

Suites: Private suites at KeyArena are available for rent. If your family members and guests have rented a private suite at KeyArena, you will have one hour following the end of Commencement to enjoy the suite. At the conclusion of Commencement, you can join your family members and guests in the suites by checking in with a KeyArena staff member at the suite entry area.

For more information on renting a suite, contact Steve Ransom at KeyArena by calling 206-428-6300 or emailing sransom@aegworldwide.com. All suites must be reserved and paid for by Tuesday, May 15. Please note that wrapped packages and balloons are not allowed inside KeyArena.

More Information

Visit these web pages regularly for additional information and updates as they become available. If you have additional questions, check the Important Commencement Dates and Details and the Commencement FAQ pages.

If you don't find your answer there, call the Office of the Provost at 206-281-2125 or email graduationinfo@spu.edu.

Thank you. We'll see you there!

Before Your Undergraduate Commencement

January 16: Online ordering begins for caps, gowns, tassels, rings, and announcements.

January 16: Online registration (required for each Commencement event) begins on Banner.

March 9: Online ordering ends for caps, gowns, tassels, rings, and announcements.

April 2: Pick up your tickets from Student Academic Services.

April 10: Grad Fest in Upper Gwinn (pick up your regalia, tickets, and much more!)

May 11: Deadline for notifying the Provost's Office regarding ADA seating requirements.

May 15: Key Arena Suite registration and payment deadline.

May 29: Online registration ends.

June 7: Final date to pick up tickets.

Looking for an event not listed on this page?

On Friday, June 8, SPU will host a number of smaller celebrations and ceremonies at various times and locations around campus.

Falcons Forever Barbecue

A BBQ picnic in celebration of graduates and their guests.

Date: Friday, June 8
Time: 5:30 p.m. (preceding Baccalaureate) 
Location: TBD
Cost: $10 per person, children under 10 free.

Members of last year’s graduating class are also welcome to attend!