Alec Forsyth ’14 and Rebecca
Magnenat ’14 hold their pieces of ivy at the June 13
Ivy Cutting ceremony. Students pinned maroon and
white memorial ribbons to their robes in support of
For surely I know the
plans I have for you,
says the LORD,
plans for your welfare and
not for harm,
to give you a future
with hope. — Jeremiah 29:11
This June marked the first year
Seattle Pacific University has held two
Commencement ceremonies: a graduate
ceremony for master’s and doctoral
degree recipients, and an undergraduate
ceremony for bachelor’s degree recipients.
Graduation events began in Tiffany Loop
on Friday morning, June 13, 2014, with
the traditional Ivy Cutting, a ceremony
beloved at SPU since 1922. Graduating
seniors stood in a circle and received a
piece of ivy representing both their ties to
the University and the independence that
comes with graduation.
Students who had completed graduate
degrees gathered in Tiffany Loop on
Friday afternoon for the first-ever
Graduate Commencement. Undergraduate
Commencement took place at Key Arena
the next day on Saturday, June 14, 2014.
Photos by Luke Rutan
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The Gospel Choir performs at Baccalaureate, held
Friday evening, June 13.
Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning
new mercies I see;
all I have needed
thy hand hath provided.
Great is thy faithfulness,
Lord, unto me!
— Undergraduate Commencement
Graduating seniors await the cutting of the ivy in Tiffany Loop.
Symphony Canady ’14, Destiny Hernandez ’14, and Sarah Bargman ’14 share an Ivy Cutting moment.
Jerrell Davis ’14 and Quinten Branch ’14 celebrate.
“It wouldn’t be right if we allowed
recent events to overshadow
and dictate these celebratory
moments, the culmination of
years of preparation, the pursuit
of the many hopes and dreams
that you have for your life.
Graduates, this is your day.”
SPU President Dan Martin, speaking at the
June 13 Graduate Commencement Ceremony
President Dan Martin (left)
and Provost Jeff Van Duzer greet new bachelor’s degree
recipients at Undergraduate Commencement.
Abdulaziz Alshaikh MEd ’14 and
other graduates from the School of Education process
into Tiffany Loop for Graduate Commencement.
Seattle’s Key Arena is packed for Undergraduate
Tori Michalec ’14, Hope Franklin ’14, Laura Nile ’14, Nicole
Gehlbach ’14, Morgan Bridgman ’14, and Suzanne
Brown ’14 celebrate their new undergraduate degrees.
Associate Professor of Industrial/Organizational
Psychology Rob McKenna gives Nathan Iverson MA ’14
his hood, signifying a degree from the School of
Psychology, Family, and Community.
Families watch at a graduate hooding ceremony.
“The thing I love about Seattle Pacific
University and its education is you’ve
been taught values and intellect,
because you can’t separate the two.”
Ron Sims, former King County Executive and Deputy Secretary
for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,
speaking at Graduate Commencement
addresses the first-ever Graduate Commencement
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