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Graduate Instructions

Graduate students at Commencement 2015


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

  • Register for Commencement
  • Order your regalia
  • Pick up your regalia


You must register online for Commencement:

  • Log onto Banner
  • Choose "Student Menu"
  • Choose "Graduation Menu"
  • Choose "Graduation Events Sign-up"

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


You must order your regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) by Friday, March 1. See the cap, gown, and hood page for more information.


If your regalia order is placed by March 1, your regalia will be ready to pick up at Grad Fest on Tuesday, April 9. If you do not purchase your regalia by March 1, 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.


Graduate Hooding Ceremonies

Friday, June 7


12:20 p.m. – 1:15 p.m., Nickerson Studios

Clinical Psychology

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Demaray Hall, Room 150


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

Industrial-Organizational Psychology

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., McKinley Hall, EE Bach Theatre

Marriage and Family Therapy

12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Emerson Hall


12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Library Seminar Room

Nursing/Health Sciences

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., First Free Methodist Church Sanctuary


Thursday, June 6, First Free Methodist Church

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Graduate Reception, Fine Center

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Hooding and Commissioning, Sanctuary

(this hooding ceremony will take place the evening before Commencement)

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

Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Friday, June 7, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Tiffany Loop

Graduates, please arrive promptly at 1:30 p.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 and Industrial-Organizational Psychology). Staff will be on hand to direct you.

The processional will begin moving down to Tiffany Loop at 1:55 p.m. Keep your place in line, and be sure to sit in your assigned row.

If you have any accessibility needs (i.e. cannot manage stairs), please contact, 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. Please note that there will be some transition of seating to set up for the Falcons Forever BBQ later in the evening.