Events for Parents and Families

We hope you will attend — or perhaps volunteer at — one of our popular upcoming events. Questions? Email

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Upcoming Events

Presidents Day

Monday, February 17

All classes meet as scheduled, and offices are open.

Black History Month Panel: Keepin‘ It Real — Racism in the Workplace

Thursday, February 20
2:30–5:30 p.m.
Eaton Hall Lobby

Open to all students, four black professionals, including a nonprofit executive, dentist, tech recruiter, and educator, discuss race in the workplace and how to be an ally.

Wind Ensemble Concert

Friday, February 21
7:30–9 p.m.
First Free Methodist Church

This winter concert centers on the only band work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici: In Wartime, written in New York City just after 9/11. Also showcased: Cait Nishimura’s Sunlight and Kevin Day’s Shimmering Sunshine.

Seattle Pacific Seminary Discernment Weekend

February 21–22
SPU campus

If you’ve ever wondered whether seminary was for you, explore your calling and vocation at Discernment Weekend. Discernment Weekend offers a day and a half of teaching, prayer, discussion, thoughtful challenge, worship, fellowship, and food with Seattle Pacific Seminary faculty and current students. Register online, call 206-281-2342, or email

Orchestra Concert

Thursday, February 27
7:30–9 p.m.
First Free Methodist Church

The SPU Symphony Orchestra’s winter concert explores the dance music of black composers throughout the 19th and 20th centuries in honor of African-American heritage month.

2020 Seattle Pacific Final Track and Field Qualifier

Saturday, February 29
5:15 p.m.
Dempsey Indoor Track, University of Washington

This meet serves as a final qualifying opportunity for NCAA Division II men and women athletes to achieve national marks. This meet is traditionally well-attended by numerous DI and DIII teams. Visit the website for more information.

Chamber, Concert, and Women’s Choirs Concert

Friday, March 6
7:30 p.m.
First Free Methodist Church

An evening of beautiful choral music performed by three outstanding choirs: Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, and Women’s Choir. Free and wheelchair accessible.

Spring Break

Friday, March 20–Monday, March 30

Residence halls close for Spring Break 10 a.m., Friday, March 20, reopening at 1 p.m., Monday, March 30. University offices are open during Spring Break.

2020 Commencement

Saturday, June 13–14

Beginning with Ivy Cutting in SPU’s Tiffany Loop and culminating in the 2020 Undergraduate Commencement exercises in the Alaska Airline Arena, Commencement weekend is a celebration for graduates and the families who supported them. Find complete information and schedule of events at

Summer Tech Camps at SPU

June and July 2020

SPU’s Department of Engineering and Computer Science offers on-campus summer day camps for 9th–12th graders (as of autumn 2020). Students can jump-start a tech career with hands-on programs focused on video game creation, mechatronics and 3D printing, and programming fundamentals. No coding experience necessary. Tech day campers will earn college credit and a $1,000 SPU scholarship. Learn more and register. (Register before March 1 for discount on cost.)

Academic Calendars

SPU academic calendars include important deadlines, final exam schedules, holidays, and academic highlights for 2020–21.

Engage Events

Renowned national and international speakers, some of Seattle’s most engaging theatre performances, memorable concerts, outstanding athletic competitions. Explore upcoming events.

What’s coming next?

When do residence halls open and close? When does Autumn Quarter begin? How about Orientation or finals? Academic year highlights for the coming year are now posted.