Is your student graduating in June 2022? Congratulations! This year, Seattle Pacific University is planning in-person Commencement ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students.
Find out what you need to know about the schedule of events, High Ceremony locations, and more at the Commencement website. This is where you'll find information about parking, Ivy Cutting, an FAQ, and much more. Visit the 2022 Commencement website.
Autumn Quarter Dean’s List now available
The Dean's List quarterly honors were recently awarded to undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students who complete at least 12 credit hours at Seattle Pacific University and attain a 3.5 or higher quarterly grade-point average. Check out the Autumn Quarter Dean’s List here.
2022 Homecoming and Family Weekend
The 2022 Homecoming and Family Weekend is coming up on Feb. 17–18, 2022. There will be both in-person and virtual opportunities for you to connect with your student and the SPU community!
In-person events include SPU’s winter theater production Pride and Prejudice, men's and women's basketball, campus tours, a scavenger hunt, virtual trivia for students and families, a parent prayer meet-up, and meals on campus with your student. Plus, check out virtual opportunities on this year's Homecoming and Family Weekend Hub website beginning Feb. 17!
For the schedule of events and details to participate, visit spu.edu/homecoming.
Acknowledging the lands of the Salish Coastal peoples
The next time you're at an official campus event such as Orientation or Undergraduate Commencement, you may hear a special announcement that recognizes the original inhabitants of the land on which the SPU campus now sits.
In Autumn Quarter 2021, a cross-campus committee established an official land acknowledgment statement to recognize the Coast Salish people who were the original inhabitants of the lands where SPU campuses are located (Queen Anne Hill, Whidbey Island, and Blakely Island).
Says Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Sandy Mayo, "We recognize this work as vital to SPU’s ongoing commitment to racial justice and reconciliation and believe it can deepen our relationship to our history, mission, and indigenous neighbors."
Read the land acknowledgement statement here, and find ways to engage indigenous history both on campus and locally.
Video: The Seattle Pacific Seminary — Who we are
Watch a short video from Dean Brian Lugioyo as he talks about what makes the Seattle Pacific Seminary and the SPU School of Theology distinctive.
Podcast: Mentoring urban students and teens with Rick Newell
The latest SPU Voices Podcast features 1993 SPU alumnus Rick Newell who shares his journey through personal struggles early on in his tech career.
After hitting rock bottom, he felt called by God to "wake up," and he moved to Seattle where he began working at the Rotary Boys & Girls Club in the Central District. Through his interactions with young men at the club, he saw the hardships they had to overcome and came to firmly believe in the need for positive, near-peer, male role models. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript.
Reminders from Student Financial Services
Watch your mailbox — 2021 IRS form 1098-T is coming soon
The IRS 1098-T is a tax-related document that shows all account charges and financial aid payments that occurred in tax year 2021 for your student. Forms will be mailed by Jan. 31 to each student’s permanent address. The form can also be accessed electronically through the Banner Information System.
You can find more information regarding the 1098-T and other educational tax benefits on the Student Financial Services website. Please contact SFS if you have questions about your student’s 1098-T form once it’s received.
Handshake: A helping hand for student job searches
If your student is looking for employment while in college, Handshake is ready to help. This 24/7 online hub includes on- and off-campus jobs, internships, and career resources. Once students graduate, Handshake is still available to them as alumni. It also gives students access to global opportunities.
“Racism, Not Race: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (About Christianity)”
Faith, Diversity, and Science Lecture Series with speaker Dr. Joseph Graves
Monday, Jan. 31, 4 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Joseph Graves Jr., PhD, is an evolutionary biologist and geneticist, whose research concerns the evolutionary genetics of postponed aging and biological concepts of race in humans. For this quarter’s lecture in the series, he will examine the question, “How should we understand inevitability in creation?” He will also address the question, "Is racism inevitable?" Visit the website for the registration link and more information.
Men’s Basketball v. Alaska Fairbanks
Thursday, Jan. 27, 5:15 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Royal Brougham Pavilion
SPU Sports YouTube channel
Falcon men’s basketball take on the Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks. Visit the Falcon Athletics website for ticket information. Visit the Falcon Athletics website for ticket information. Fans are permitted in the stands after showing proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the past 36 hours. You can also watch the game live on the SPU Sports YouTube channel.
Women’s Basketball v. Alaska Anchorage
Saturday, Jan. 29, 2 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Royal Brougham Pavilion
SPU Sports YouTube channel
Falcon men’s basketball take on the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves. Visit the Falcon Athletics website for ticket information. Visit the Falcon Athletics website for ticket information. Fans are permitted in the stands after showing proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the past 36 hours. You can also watch the game live on the SPU Sports YouTube channel.
Résumé Workshop (Virtual)
Monday, Feb. 7, 11–11:30 a.m.
Students are invited to a virtual Résumé Workshop hosted by the Center for Career and Calling, students will look through key parts of the résumé and receive tips on how to make their résumé stand out. Encourage your student to register and find more information on Handshake.
Mid-Winter Quarter “No Class Day”
Friday, Feb. 11
Classes before 3 p.m. are cancelled. Classes that meet at 3 p.m. and later meet as usual. Offices open.
Winter Mainstage: Pride & Prejudice
Feb. 10–12 and Feb. 17–19
7:30 p.m., with 2:30 p.m. matinees Feb. 12 and Feb. 19 (Pacific Time)
$15/adults, $12/students, seniors, military
McKinley Hall, Bach Theatre
In this Mainstage production of a classic novel by Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice is a comedy of manners and courtship that boasts a cast of beloved and unforgettable characters led by the extraordinary Elizabeth Bennet and the dashing Mister Darcy. For more information, visit the Current Season website. For tickets, call the box office at 206-281-2959 or buy tickets online.
Homecoming and Family Weekend
Friday–Saturday, Feb. 18–19
Enjoy the excitement as alumni, families, and friends head to campus. For those unable to make it back to campus, virtual opportunities will also be available. Visit the Homecoming and Family Weekend site for a complete schedule.
SPU academic calendars, including important deadlines, final exam schedules, holidays, and academic highlights for 2021–22.