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Graduation and Honors

Graduate Commencement

All master’s and doctoral degree students who wish to participate in Graduate Commencement must apply to graduate by February 1. The application is available online in the Banner Information System. Mailings regarding Commencement will be sent out during Winter Quarter.

To participate in the Graduate Commencement ceremony, you must have completed all courses necessary to fulfill graduation requirements during Autumn or Winter Quarter — or be registered during Spring Quarter and/or Summer Session for the last of the courses you need to complete your degree.

Some departments may not allow you to participate in Commencement ceremonies if you will not complete all degree requirements after Spring Quarter. Please check with your program coordinator for specifics.

  • If you can’t register for outstanding requirements for your degree during Spring Quarter and/or Summer Sessions, you are not allowed to “walk” in the Commencement ceremony.
  • Students who complete their degree requirements in Autumn and Winter Quarters may participate in Commencement ceremonies at the end of the academic year in which they finish their coursework.
  • Your degree will be awarded effective as of the quarter in which your final grade is assigned.

Diplomas are not distributed during Commencement. During the ceremony, you will receive a diploma cover. Degrees are awarded when the department notifies SAS that all requirements are complete.

Diplomas will be mailed approximately six weeks after the degree is posted, as long as all financial obligations to the University are met.

  • Spring Quarter graduates should receive diplomas by mid-September.
  • Summer Session graduates should receive diplomas by mid-December.

President's Citation

The President's Citation is awarded to one Seattle Pacific University graduate student who exemplifies the mission and vision of the University and is among those with the highest academic standing in his/her class.