Apply to Graduate

Three female students in their caps and gowns proudly hold their ivy at SPU's Ivy Cutting ceremony

If you are planning to graduate in Winter, Spring, Summer, or Autumn 2023, now is the time to apply to graduate. Please apply by February 1, 2023. Students graduating in Winter, Spring, Summer, or Autumn 2023 must meet this deadline as one of the qualifications to be eligible to participate in Commencement. If you have difficulty meeting this deadline, please connect with the Office of the Registrar at

This application is only for those who plan on receiving a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree. Those students only seeking certification need not apply.

To apply to graduate, follow these simple steps. Remember, this is your graduation application, so please fill out the information as accurately as possible.

1. Log into Banner Information Systems.
2. Select the Student Menu.
3. Select the Graduation Menu.
4. Select Apply to Graduate.
5. Select the Most Recent Term of Attendance (Not your graduation term) in the first screen.
6. From there, follow the directions on the application.
7. The final page thanking you for applying to graduate confirms that your submission was successful.

Students must also register for the Commencement events they plan to attend. Register for Commencement events through Banner (select “Graduation Menu” and then “Graduation Events Sign Up”) by May 30, 2023.

For Undergraduate students: If you encounter any problems, please contact your Academic Counselor. For more information about Applying to Graduate, Degree Posting, Diplomas, and more, please visit the Office of the Registrar website.

For Graduate students: If you encounter any problems, please contact your program coordinator:

School of Business, Government, and Economics - Jason Harris
School of Health Sciences - Julie Ann Harrington
School of Education - Kristi Kanehen
School of Psychology, Family, and Community:
Marriage and Family Therapy - Allison Groseclose
Industrial Organizational Psychology - William Stover
Clinical Psychology - Jessie Todd
Research Psychology - Bryce Mulder
Seattle Pacific Seminary - Ashley Skinner-Creek
School of Theology - Zach Jacobsen
MFA - Creative Writing - Dena Jones