2015 Graduate Commencement Instructions

Graduate Instructions

Graduate Hooding Ceremonies

Friday, June 12, various times and on-campus locations

School of Business, Government, and Economics
11 a.m., First Free Methodist Church, Fine Center

School of Psychology, Family, and Community
12:15 p.m., Upper Gwinn Commons

School of Health Sciences
12:30 p.m., McKinley Hall, Bach Theater

MA - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
12:30 p.m., Ames Library Seminar Room

School of Education
12:30 p.m., Royal Brougham Pavilion

Seattle Pacific Seminary
1 p.m., First Free Methodist Church, Chapel

*The Master of Fine Arts program will perform their hooding ceremony in Santa Fe, NM.

If you are graduating with a master’s degree, you are invited to participate in your school or department’s Graduate Hooding Ceremony. During the hooding ceremony, your program director and/or dean will hood you.

If you are a doctoral student, you are also invited to attend the hooding ceremony, but you will be formally hooded at the Graduate Commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. that afternoon.

You should arrive at your hooding ceremony dressed in regalia and with your hood in your possession (unless your school has communicated otherwise). Please note when you register online for graduation whether you will participate in your hooding ceremony.

The processional to the Graduate Commencement ceremony in Tiffany Loop will start from your hooding ceremony location. Even if you do not attend your hooding ceremony, you must still check in at that location by 1 p.m., in order to line up for the Graduate Commencement processional. Families and guests will have adequate time to both attend the hooding and then find a viewing location in Tiffany Loop for the Graduate Commencement ceremony.

Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Friday, June 12, 23:30 p.m., Tiffany Loop (on campus)


You must register online for your Graduate Commencement ceremony (and hooding ceremony) by following the directions below:

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

If you have any issues or concerns associated with registration for Commencement, please contact Student Academic Services at 206‑281‑2031.

Arriving, Lining Up, and Marching

Please arrive at your hooding ceremony location (even if you don't plan to participate in the hooding ceremony) by 1 p.m. sharp on Friday, June 12 (hooding ceremony locations to be announced soon). The time is needed for student check-in and processional line-up. Your program coordinator will give you a card with your name. You will hand your card to the reading marshal, who will announce your name as you cross the platform and receive your diploma cover. Participating graduates must wear regalia.

The processional will begin at 2 p.m. The platform party and faculty march first, doctoral degree candidates are next, followed by master’s degree candidates. After all degrees have been conferred, graduates will not recess, but should remain standing until the platform party and faculty have exited the platform and the aisle. Out of respect for your fellow students, please do not leave Tiffany Loop until all degrees have been conferred and the ceremony has concluded.

Note: This is an outdoor ceremony. If rain is in the forecast, please plan accordingly. In addition, since much of the ceremony takes place on the lawn, high heels are not advised.

No tickets are required for this ceremony, but seating in Tiffany Loop may be limited. If you have family or guests with disabilities or who have limited mobility, please make seating arrangements by calling the Office of the Provost at 206-281-2125 or emailing graduationinfo@spu.edu.

2015 Graduate Commencement Speaker: 

Holli Martinez
Director of Diversity and Inclusion, T-Mobile

Caps, Gowns, and Hoods

For information on ordering your cap, gown, and hood, as well as graduation announcements and class rings, see 2015 Graduate Commencement Details and Dates.

Announcements and Rings

For information on ordering graduation announcements and class rings, see 2015 Graduate Commencement Details and Dates.

More Information

Visit these web pages regularly for additional information and updates as they become available. If you have additional questions, check the 2015 Graduate Commencement Details and Dates, as well as the Commencement FAQ.

If you don't find your answer there, call the Office of the Provost at 206-281-2125 or email graduationinfo@spu.edu.

Thank you. We'll see you there!

Before Your Graduate Commencement...

*You must apply to graduate to participate in Commencement activities.

March 2: Online cap, gown, and hood ordering begins

March 2: Online registration (required for each Commencement event) begins on Banner.

April 22: Online cap, gown, and hood ordering ends

May 18: Pick up your cap, gown, and hood from the Bookstore

June 2: Online registration ends

Ongoing: Order ring and announcements

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