2017 Graduate Commencement Instructions

Graduate students at Commencement 2015

Graduate Hooding Ceremonies

Friday, June 9, various times and on-campus locations:

School of Business, Government, and Economics
School of Psychology, Family, and Community
MA - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
TBD School of Health Sciences TBD
School of Education
Seattle Pacific Seminary
*The Master of Fine Arts program will perform their hooding ceremony in Santa Fe, NM.

View a map of all Hooding Ceremony locations

If you are graduating with a master’s degree, you are invited to participate in your school or program'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 9, 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 9 (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.

2016 Graduate Commencement Speaker: TBD

Caps, Gowns, and Hoods

For information on ordering your cap, gown, and hood, as well as graduation announcements and class rings, see 2017 Graduate Commencement Details and Dates.

Announcements and Rings

For information on ordering graduation announcements and class rings, see 2017 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 2017 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.

February 19: Deadline for submitting application to graduate

March 1: Online cap, gown, and hood ordering begins

March 4: Online registration (required for each Commencement event) begins on Banner.

April 20: Online cap, gown, and hood ordering ends

May 16: Pick up your cap, gown, and hood from the Bookstore

May 16: Deadline for notifying the Provost's Office regarding ADA seating requirements

May 31: Online registration ends

Ongoing: Order ring and announcements

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From This Place

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