In the Loop

June/July 2022

Three new alums in the Class of 2022 celebrate at Commencement

Meet the Class of 2022

Meet some of the outstanding graduates from the SPU Class of 2022, and check out the videos from Undergraduate Commencement and Graduate Commencement.

You’ll also get to see final projects from seniors majoring in photography, visual design, and interior design — as well as senior projects from graduates in the SPU honors program. Meet the Class of 2022 here.

Two students walk on campus with Eaton Science Building in the background

Spring Quarter Dean’s List now available

The Dean’s List quarterly honors were recently awarded to undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students who had completed at least 12 credit hours at Seattle Pacific University and had attained a 3.5 or higher quarterly grade-point average. Check out the Spring Quarter Dean’s List here.

Colorful boxes of cereals lining a shelf, including Cap'n Crunch, Honey Nut Cheerios, and Lucky Charms.

SPU parents stocking up for summer

The SPU Parent and Families Facebook group is an official SPU location for you to connect with other parents and resources across campus. Have a question about your student’s campus experience or important deadlines? This private group is where you can get insights, a few laughs along the way, and answers from SPU staff moderators.

This is a sampling of what parents like you said when we recently asked: “For those of you with students living at home over the summer, what food item do you keep in stock for them?”

  • “Milk, cereal, and his favorite coffee.”
  • “Eggs! Lots of eggs ... green and red peppers, bok choy, brown rice, tortillas, salsa, lots of cheese, green onions, and corn chips.”
  • “My daughter loves tortillas and refried beans as a quick meal, so I picked up loads of both, and fresh fruit! She can’t get enough of it.”
  • “Avocado, fresh fruit, and ice cream.”
  • “Poke.”
  • “My son is pretty easy: cheese and tortillas ... Oh, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.”
  • “Coffee, coffee, coffee, and cantaloupe!!”
  • “Everything!!!”

If you’re not part of this private Facebook group yet and want to be, join the group here.

Several students sit on the grass in Tiffany Loop, laughing and talking

News from Student Financial Services: Upcoming statements and more

SPU families and students will want to know about these important upcoming dates and reminders from Student Financial Services:


There will be no August pre-bill this summer because this year’s earlier Autumn Quarter start date is Monday, Sept. 12. Students will receive a notification via their SPU email account once their statements are ready to view. In that email, they will be provided a link that takes them to the QuickPay payment website, where statements are housed.

Parents will also receive statements, provided that their student has completed both this FERPA Authorization process and this process to set up a parent as an authorized payer. Once parents are set up, they will receive a similar email to their students, which will have the link to billing statements once those links are generated.


Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, is the date payment for Autumn Quarter’s tuition and fees will be due. Visit Paying Your Bill for more information about the process.


Interested in a tuition payment plan? You can sign up beginning in late August, and payment due dates are on the 10th of each month. Find out more about payment plans, including information about fees and sign-up deadlines.


Assistant Professor of Global Development Mohammad Qadam Shah

“Tears for a Beloved Country”

Assistant Professor of Global Development Mohammad Qadam Shah told Response magazine about the journey from his homeland, Afghanistan, to Seattle Pacific University.

In a small apartment in Seattle, time turned upside down for him as he watched the Taliban regain power as U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan. “I think I was in constant shock,” he said. His immediate family members were there. Read the feature in the new issue of Response magazine.

Two MBA graduate students sit on the other side of a window, discussing the MBA program while enjoying coffee

SPU’s online MBA program revamped

Now with a lower cost, SPU’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program will help develop your leadership skills and unite business principles and ethical practice. Learn to apply in-depth knowledge, communicate effectively, work in teams, and more.

Not ready for an MBA but want to make a bigger impact at work — or move into a new role? Choose from one of 13 one-year graduate certificate programs.

Discover how this AACSB-accredited MBA program, or one of our graduate business certificates, can help you reach your career goals.


JoAnn Flett, director for the Center for Faithful Business

SPU Voices Podcast: “Faithful business” with JoAnn Flett

In this new SPU Voices podcast, you’ll hear from JoAnn Flett, executive director of SPU's Center for Faithful Business, who teases out the intersection of faith and business that promotes human flourishing. Said Flett, “… many folks have seen business as the problem, and this is an invitation for business to be part of the solution, in how it’s innovating, in how it’s caring for customers, in how it’s caring for employees, and how it’s caring for its community.” Listen to the podcast or read the transcript

The SPU Voices Podcast is a bimonthly interview show dedicated to telling inspiring and compelling stories about the greater SPU community. Listen to any of the episodes, view transcripts, and explore past shows at the SPU Voices Podcast website, and subscribe on all streaming platforms.


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Upcoming events

All times noted below are Pacific Daylight Savings Time.

Summer Session
Monday, July 18–Friday, Aug. 12

The second four-week Summer Session begins for students taking courses during the summer.

Autumn Quarter September Session 
Monday, Aug. 15

September Session begins, providing students with an opportunity to attend unique or specialty courses offered in traditional and nontraditional formats.

Falcon Summer Sports Camps
Summer 2022
Royal Brougham Pavilion

Boy’s and girl’s basketball camps throughout the summer. Visit Falcon Athletics for more information.

2022 Orientation
Thursday–Sunday, Sept. 8–11

An informative four-day experience that connects first-year and transfer students to the SPU community and the available campus resources. Incoming students and their families can explore campus, meet fellow classmates and current students, and learn more about what it means to be a Falcon. All of new students (both first-year and transfers) are required to participate in Orientation. Learn more at the Orientation website.

Academic calendars

SPU academic calendars, including important deadlines, final exam schedules, holidays, and academic highlights for 2022–23.