Graduation and Honors

Graduate Commencement

All master’s and doctoral degree students who wish to participate in Graduate Commencement must complete the graduation application in the Banner Information System by the announced deadline* of the calendar year prior to June Commencement ceremonies. Details regarding Commencement ceremonies will be communicated via your SPU email.

To be eligible to participate in the Graduate Commencement ceremony, a student must be able to complete all degree requirements during the calendar year in which Commencement takes place. For instance, those who plan to participate in Commencement in June 2023 must be able to complete all degree requirements by the end of Winter Quarter 2023, Spring Quarter 2023, Summer Quarter 2023, or Autumn Quarter 2023. 

Note that some academic departments may not allow you to participate in Graduate Commencement ceremonies if you will not complete all degree requirements by a specific deadline that varies from the standard stated above. Please check with your program coordinator for specifics.

Your degree will be awarded effective as of the quarter in which your final grade is assigned and all degree requirements are completed.

Diplomas are not distributed during Commencement. During the ceremony, you will receive a diploma cover. Degrees are awarded when the department notifies the Office of the Registrar 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.

  • Winter Quarter graduates should receive diplomas by mid-June.
  • Spring Quarter graduates should receive diplomas by mid-September.
  • Summer Session graduates should receive diplomas by mid-December.
  • Autumn Quarter graduates should receive diplomas by mid-March.

*see graduate program coordinator for details

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 their class.