Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

UNDERGRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

Sunday, June 14, 7 – 9:30 p.m., Alaska Airlines Arena

ABOUT COMMENCEMENT

Commencement is a time-honored ceremony that recognizes the scholarship, service, and Christian growth of graduating students. This is the culminating celebratory ceremony of undergraduate students’ academic career, where family members, friends, faculty, staff, and fellow students congratulate graduates on their “new beginning.”

TICKETS

Guest tickets are required for entrance into Alaska Airlines Arena. Tickets can only be requested and distributed by the graduating student. Each graduating student will request tickets in the registration process. Graduates will be issued up to eight electronic tickets for the Commencement ceremony. E-tickets will be sent via email after May 15. Any changes to ticket requests must be made by May 15. If you have extra tickets to share, or if you are in need of obtaining additional tickets, please communicate with your fellow graduates.

GUEST ARRIVAL

Guests may enter through the two main entrances on Montlake Blvd N.E. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for general seating. Unless otherwise marked, all seating is available.

STUDENT ARRIVAL

The student entrance is through the loading dock entrance on the south side of the building, accessible via the pathway between Alaska Airlines Arena and Husky Stadium. Students must present their SPU ID to enter Alaska Airlines Arena. Students should arrive at 6:00 p.m. See the undergraduate instructions page for more information.

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER

The Commencement speaker for this year will be announced in the spring. 

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 on the arena floor or in any aisle in the stands.

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 on the arena floor or in any aisle in the stands.

ADA SEATING

For guests using a wheelchair or walker, ADA seating (with one companion seat) is available. Graduates must make requests for accessible guest seating through the online registration for Commencement. 

Please ask a staff member for direction upon arrival at Commencement.

ADA DROP-OFF

There is a small ADA parking lot in front of Husky Stadium, on the south side of Alaska Airlines Arena. If you do not have an issued permit to park in the ADA lot, you can still drop off family members who need to have a shorter walk to the main entrances. You will then need to park in the main parking lots, on the north side of the arena.

CAPTIONING & HEARING DEVICES

There will be captioning on the screens during the ceremony. Hearing devices are also available inside the arena. Please inquire at the kiosk inside the main entrances.

BALLOONS & WRAPPED PACKAGES

All guests entering the arena will be subject to a security check at the main entrances. Balloons and wrapped packages are not allowed inside the arena. There will be a place to tie balloons outside, but we cannot guarantee they will be there when the ceremony is finished.

FLOWERS & LEIS

There will be a flower vendor set up outside of the arena, should guests want to purchase flowers or leis for the graduates.

CONCESSIONS

The concession stands will be open before and during the ceremony. You are allowed to bring an empty water bottle, as well as snacks, into the arena. These items will be subject to a security check.

BOOKSTORE

There will be an SPU Bookstore table, available inside the student entrance, with any remaining regalia (caps, gowns, and tassels) available for purchase.

GETTING THERE

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