Graduate Commencement Ceremony

GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

Saturday, June 13, 2–3:30 p.m., Tiffany Loop

ABOUT GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT

This Commencement ceremony, held outdoors in beautiful Tiffany Loop, is designed specifically to honor SPU’s master’s and doctoral graduates. This is the culminating celebratory ceremony of students’ hard work and dedication to learning, where family members, friends, faculty, staff, and fellow students congratulate graduates on their “new beginning.” No tickets are required for this event.

GETTING THERE

Please refer to the directions and parking page for more information.

GUEST ARRIVAL

Guests are welcome to start arriving any time after 1 p.m. Unless otherwise marked, all seating is available.

STUDENT LINE-UP

Graduates should line up according to program at 1:30 p.m. on the Fifth Avenue Streetscape (between Marston and Weter). If students are participating in a Hooding ceremony or program gathering, prior to the Commencement ceremony, a staff member will direct them to the Streetscape. See the graduate instructions page for more information.

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER

The Graduate Commencement speaker for this year will be announced this spring. 

LIVESTREAM

The ceremony will be recorded for livestreaming purposes and will be available for viewing on the livestreaming page. The recording of the ceremony will also be posted on this page, but may not be available until a week or so afterward. No other videographers are allowed in any aisle or near the platform.

RAIN PLAN

A rain plan is in place and will go into effect if there is a forecast for severe weather, including heavy rain and/or thunder and lightning. Students will receive a notification if the rain plan is put into action. Please refer to the rain plan page for more information.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Grad Images is the official photography company for Commencement. They will take a photograph of each graduate receiving his or her diploma, and graduates will receive a proof in the mail shortly after the ceremony. You can contact the company at 1-800-628-4509, or by visiting gradimages.com. No other photographers are allowed in any aisle or near the platform.

ADA SEATING

For guests using a wheelchair or walker, or who need a seat close to the sidewalk, please contact graduationinfo@spu.edu. We can make arrangements for a few companion seats as well.

ADA DROP-OFF

We recommend pulling into the Ross parking lot, directly behind Subway (off of 3rd Ave. W.) to drop off your guests before parking your car.

SIGN INTERPRETATION

There will be sign interpretation at the Graduate Commencement ceremony. If you have a guest that needs to be seated close to the interpreter, please contact graduationinfo@spu.edu.

FLOWERS & LEIS

There is no official flower vendor, but frequently there is someone selling flowers and leis on the sidewalk near the opening to Tiffany Loop. To be safe, we recommend purchasing flowers in advance, before you come to campus.

FOOD & BEVERAGES

A number of campus dining options, selling hot beverages, snacks, and meals, will be open. See the FAQ page for hours and locations.

BOOKSTORE

The SPU Bookstore will be open, 8:30 a.m.–7 p.m. They will have any remaining regalia (caps, gowns, and hoods) available for purchase.