Seattle University School of Law holds Commencement ceremonies in December and May. Each is preceded by a Baccalaureate Mass and celebratory reception the day before.
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
- Reception and Baccalaureate Mass
- Caps and Gowns
- Selection of Faculty and Student Speakers
- Application for Graduation
Graduation will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m. at Key Arena, 305 Harrison St. Candidates for the Juris Doctor degree are encouraged to be present. With the ceremony beginning at 10:00 a.m., graduates must arrive at 9:15 a.m. We expect the cermony to last 2 to 2 and a half hours at most.
TICKETS FOR ATTENDANCE AND SEATING WILL NOT BE REQUIRED, AND THE NUMBER OF GUESTS EACH STUDENT CAN INVITE IS UNLIMITED.
Can't make it to the ceremony? Stream the event live online via Seattle University's Live Events page.
The School of Law will host a reception for all graduates, their families and friends at the law school from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17th. All family and friends of graduates 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 17 at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Ignatius, located on the Seattle University campus. Graduates wishing to process should be in the Courtroom in the law school in cap and gown but no hood. All students and their guests, regardless of religious affiliation, are invited to attend.
Academic dress is required for the Commencement ceremony.
Cap and Gown Ordering
Regalia is provided free of charge to graduates. You will need to order your regalia online. You may also use this website if you wish to order graduation announcements. Graduation announcements will not be provided by the law school free of charge. There are no special cords, tassles, or colors for student organizations or graduating with honors.
Cap and Gown Pick up
Caps and Gowns will be distributed on Thursday, May 9 from noon to 4:00 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 4:30 p.m. starting May 10th. 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 Lisa Van Wey (206-398-4302).
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 participate in the selection of the student speaker, the faculty award winner and speaker, and the faculty hooders and marshalls.
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 Key Arena at 9:15 a.m., wearing their regalia. 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 Lisa Van Wey.
Photographers from Gradtrak will be present to take photos as each student is awarded his or her degree. These will be viewable online a few days after the ceremony and available for purchase.
Regalia will be returned immediately after the ceremony. We expect graduation to last roughly two to two and a half hours.
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.
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, Lisa Van Wey, at 206-398-4302 or by e-mail.