Student Life

Graduation

Seattle University School of Law holds Commencement ceremonies in December and May.  

May 2016 Graduation

The Commencement ceremony will be coordinated by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. We invite your participation in this celebration and would like to share the details of the ceremony with you.

Date, Time, Location of the Graduation Ceremony

Graduation will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m. at KeyArena, 305 Harrison Street (http://www.keyarena.com/plan-your-visit/directions-parking). Candidates for the Juris Doctor degree are encouraged to be present. Graduates must arrive at 9:15 a.m. We expect the ceremony to last two to two and half hours.

TICKETS FOR ATTENDANCE AND SEATING WILL NOT BE REQUIRED, AND THE NUMBER OF GUESTS EACH STUDENT CAN INVITE IS UNLIMITED.

Reception and Baccalaureate Mass

The School of Law will host a reception for all graduates, their families and friends at the law school from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13. All are welcome to attend, including children. There will not be a reception following the graduation ceremony on Saturday.

A Baccalaureate Mass will also be held on Friday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Ignatius, located on the Seattle University campus (http://www.seattleu.edu/visit/directions/).  All students and their guests, regardless of religious affiliation, are invited to attend. Graduates wishing to process should assemble on the first floor of Sullivan Hall at the west entrance doors (outside of the Courtroom) at 4:15 p.m. dressed in their cap and gown. The hood will not be worn during the mass.

Caps and Gowns

The deadline for ordering cap and gown is Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 11:59pm.

Academic dress is required for the Commencement ceremony.

Cap and Gown Ordering
Regalia is provided free of charge to graduates (graduation announcements will not be provided, but will be available for purchase through Herff Jones). You may now order your regalia and graduation announcements online through the Herff Jones website.  There are no special cords, tassels, or colors for student organizations or graduating with honors.

Cap and Gown Pick up
Caps and Gowns will be distributed on Monday, May 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you are unable to pick up your regalia at that time, you may pick it up in the Dean's Office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. starting May 10. If you are unable to pick up your regalia, you may have a friend or family member pick it up for you.

Academic dress is to be returned immediately following the ceremony. You can address any questions about fees, fitting or pickup of the academic regalia to Deann Ketchum (206-398-4302).

Selection of Faculty and Student Speakers

The Graduation Committee and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs will coordinate the election of the student and faculty commencements speakers. The speakers will be elected by the graduating class. A call for volunteers to form the Graduation Committee will go out via email. The Committee will develop the process for selecting the student speaker, the faculty award winner and speaker, and the faculty hooders and marshals.

Ceremony

Guests:
Tickets are not required for graduation.
Students may invite as many friends and family to attend the ceremony as they wish. Disabled seating will be available, and families will be able to sit together.

Instructions for Graduates:
Graduates must be at the assembly point at KeyArena at 9:15 a.m., wearing their regalia (cap, gown and hood).  Detailed instructions will be sent to graduates in April.  Please arrive promptly at 9:15 a.m. Upon arriving, you will be given a card with your name on it. Make sure you get a card before lining up. Staff volunteers will be available to assist you with your regalia and lining up.

Graduating students who have a family member who is a graduate of Seattle University School of Law may invite that relative to assist in his/her hooding during the ceremony. In keeping with the University tradition, members of the faculty, staff, University Board of Trustees or Board of Regents may also be invited to assist in the hooding of family members. If you meet the above criteria, please contact Deann Ketchum at (206-398-4302). 

Photographers from GradImages will be present to take photos as each student is awarded his or her degree. These will be available to view and purchase online a few days after the ceremony.

Regalia will be returned immediately after the ceremony. We expect the ceremony to last two to two and a half hours. 

Share Your Accomplishments!

If you post updates, photos, or video to social media, we'd love to celebrate with you! Please use the hashtag #seattleulaw2016 or post to our Facebook page.

The graduation ceremony will be available live streaming online Saturday morning (Saturday, May 14), for friends and family who are unable to attend at the following link: http://bit.ly/seattleulaw2016.

Application for Graduation

If you have not completed an Application for Graduation on SUOnline (https://suonline.seattleu.edu), please do so as soon as possible. The application gives each student the ONLY opportunity to indicate the manner in which your name will appear on your diploma and the way in which it will appear in the graduation program. Please see the Registrar's Graduation (http://www.law.seattleu.edu/Office_and_Administration/Registrar/Graduation.xml) page for more information.

Students graduating in May 2016 can submit the phonetic pronunciation of their name at (http://www.law.seattleu.edu/office-and-administration/registrar/graduation/may-graduates), to ensure correct pronunciation during the graduation ceremony. You must submit this form no later than Friday, April 29, 2016.

All of us involved in planning this ceremony want each of you to know that it is our intent to make your graduation as pleasant and memorable as possible for you, your family and friends. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information or the arrangements as explained, do not hesitate to contact the Assistant to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Deann Ketchum, at 206-398-4302 or by e-mail at ketchumd@seattleu.edu.