Graduate Instructions

An SPU professor drapes a hood over the shoulders of a new master's degree recipient.

BEFORE YOU GRADUATE

There are important steps you must take before you graduate (further instructions provided below):

  • Apply to graduate in Banner by January 15, 2022
  • Register for Commencement
  • Order your regalia
  • Pick up your regalia

REGISTRATION

You must register online for Commencement. If you have applied to graduate in Banner, instructions for Commencement registration through the Marching Order portal will be sent to your SPU email address. Registration on Marching Order must be completed by May 15.

To register your guests for your hooding ceremony, please contact your program coordinator.

ORDERING REGALIA

You must order your regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) by Monday, March 7. See the cap, gown, and hood page for more information.

PICKING UP REGALIA

If your regalia order is placed by March 7, your regalia will be ready to pick up at Grad Fest on Tuesday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 13. If you do not purchase your regalia by March 7, you will be able to purchase it at the SPU Bookstore at a higher price point. See the cap, gown, and hood page for more information.

COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND

GRADUATE HOODING CEREMONIES

Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 various times and locations (see below if your program is not listed yet, please check back soon)

Business

Saturday, June 11
Nickerson Studios  
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. 

Clinical Psychology

Saturday, June 11
Demaray Hall, Room 150
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Education Doctoral Luncheon 

Friday, June 10
Arnett Hall
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.Friday, June 10

Education Hooding Ceremony 

Friday, June 10
Upper Gwinn Commons
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 

Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Saturday, June 11
E.E. Bach Theatre, McKinley Hall
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Marriage and Family Therapy Blessing Ceremony 

 Friday, June 10
E.E. Bach Theatre, McKinley Hall 
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

Marriage and Family Therapy Hooding Ceremony 

Saturday, June 11
Otto Miller Hall 109
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  

Nursing Undergraduate Pinning Ceremony

Friday, June 10
Upper Gwinn Commons
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 

Nursing DNP Commissioning Ceremony

Friday, June 10
Upper Gwinn Commons
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 

Research Psychology

Saturday, June 11 
Eaton Hall 112 
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. 

Seminary Reception 

Thursday, June 9 
Upper Gwinn Commons 
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 

Graduate Commissioning & Seminary Hooding 

Thursday, June 9
Upper Gwinn Commons 
6:00 - 7:15 p.m.

Please contact your program coordinator if you have any questions about the above Hooding ceremonies.

GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

Saturday, June 11, 2021, 11 – 12:30 p.m.Tiffany Loop

Graduates, please arrive promptly at 10:30 a.m. to line up. Meet on the Fifth Avenue streetscape (between Marston and Weter), and line up according to program. Doctoral students, with hoods in hand, should line up at the front of the processional (on the south end of the Streetscape), by program in the following order: Education, Health Sciences, and Psychology, Family, and Community (Clinical Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and Research Psychology). Staff will be on hand to direct you.

The processional will begin moving down to Tiffany Loop at 10:55 a.m. Keep your place in line, and be sure to sit in your assigned row.

If you or your guests have any accessibility needs (i.e. cannot manage stairs), please contact graduationinfo@spu.edu, so we can assist with accommodations.

Remember that this is an outdoor ceremony, so please adjust your clothing and footwear accordingly. In case of inclement weather, refer to the rain plan page for more information.

AFTER COMMENCEMENT

Meeting Family Members/Guests: Following the platform party and faculty recessional (students will not recess), you can visit with your family members and guests in Tiffany Loop and take photos up by the platform.