2016 Undergraduate Commencement Instructions

Students at Ivy Cutting

Ivy Cutting

Friday, June 10, 9:30–10:30 a.m., Tiffany Loop

Seniors, please arrive promptly at 9:15 a.m. to line up. Meet at the Marston Hall entrance on the Fifth Avenue streetscape (on the west side of Marston-Watson Hall).

Wear your cap and gown and any special cords you’ve been awarded. We will begin marching into Tiffany Loop at 9:25 a.m. Tickets are not required.


Friday, June 10, 7:30–8:30 p.m., Royal Brougham Pavilion

Graduates do not wear caps and gowns for the service. Tickets are not required.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, June 11, 1–3:30 p.m., Key Arena, 305 Harrison Street


You must register online for Commencement by following the directions below:

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

This is also how you will request tickets both for yourself and for your family members and guests to enter Key Arena (tickets are required for entrance and can only be requested by you, the graduate). Once you have registered online, you may pick up your tickets at Student Academic Services (SAS) on the first floor of Demaray Hall. Your tickets will be available beginning Monday, April 11. 

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

Arriving, Lining Up, and Marching

On the day of Commencement, the arena doors will open at 11:45 a.m., allowing your family and friends entrance to the seating area. Remember: You and your guests will each need a ticket to gain entrance.

Graduates must arrive at Key Arena by 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 11.

As a graduate, please enter Key Arena by 12 p.m. through Gate 4A, accessible via Thomas Street on the south side of the building. (Your guests will enter the building separately through the main west or east entrances).

Proceed immediately to the area assigned to your school, and pick up a card with your name before lining up for the processional. That card is for you to hand to the reading marshal as you cross the stage. Your name will be read from this card. 

Faculty marshals will assist you in lining up for the processional onto the floor. The processional will begin at 1 p.m. The platform party and faculty march first, followed by you and other baccalaureate degree candidates.

Keep your place in line, and be sure to sit in your assigned row. You must stay with your school.

2016 Commencement Speaker: 

  • The 2016 Undergraduate Commencement speaker is Ms. Phyllis Campbell, Chairman, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Pacific Northwest.
  • The 2016 Ivy Cutting Speaker is Dr. Brian Chin, Associate Professor of Music, Seattle Pacific University.

After Commencement

Meeting Family Members/Guests: After the Commencement ceremony, your family members and guests should plan to meet you on the Main Concourse or outside of the arena through the east or west doors. Family members and guests will not be allowed on the arena floor.

Suites: Private suites at Key Arena are available for rent. If your family members and guests have rented a private suite at Key Arena, you will have one hour following the end of Commencement to enjoy the suite. At the conclusion of Commencement, you can join your family members and guests in the suites by checking in with a Key Arena staff member at the suite entry area.

More Information

Visit these web pages regularly for additional information and updates as they become available. If you have additional questions, check the Important Commencement Dates and Details page and 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 Undergraduate Commencement

March 1: Online cap and gown ordering begins

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

April 11: Pick up your tickets from Student Academic Services

April 20: Online cap and gown ordering ends

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

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

May 14: Key Arena suite registration and payment deadline

May 31: Online registration ends

Ongoing: Order ring and announcements


YAC to Stay Connected

As a young alum of Seattle Pacific, you can get involved with the SPU Young Alumni Council. Enjoy special events just for you, nominate a Young Alum of the Year, and more. 

Falcons Forever Barbecue

A BBQ Picnic in celebration of graduates and their families located in Martin Square.

Friday, June 10
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
$10 per person, children under 8 free.
Event Information
Registration Page

Members of last year's graduating class are also welcome to attend!