SPU's Ivy Cutting ceremony marks 100th year

Celebrating its 100th year, Seattle Pacific University’s annual pre-graduation tradition called “Ivy Cutting” will take place Saturday, June 11, 3–4 p.m. in Tiffany Loop on campus. The event will be livestreamed.

Begun as an "Ivy Planting" ceremony in 1922, this long-honored tradition involves hundreds of graduating seniors dressed in caps and gowns circling a rope of ivy, surrounded by family, friends, fellow students, faculty, and staff. After a brief ceremony, each graduate receives a sprig of ivy, signifying both the student’s tie to SPU and the independence that comes with graduation.

Undergraduate Commencement will be held Sunday, June 12, 2–4:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome. More than 1,000 students will graduate from SPU this spring.

Learn more about the history of Ivy Cutting.

Posted: Wednesday, June 8, 2022