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.

Individual photos from our May 2015 graduation ceremony are now available from GradImages. Just enter the graduate's last name, "Seattle University " under school and select "2015" from the drop down menu. We are pleased to share the May 2015 Graduation ceremony with you online at

December 2015 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, December 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel, 1400 Sixth Avenue. 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 ceremony to last an hour to an hour and a half. 


Reception and Baccalaureate Mass

The School of Law will host a reception for all graduates, their families and friends at the law school from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18. 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, December 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Ignatius, located on the Seattle University campus. All students and their guests, regardless of religious affiliation, are invited to attend. Graduates wishing to process should assemble on the first floor of the law school (in the indicated area near the Courtroom) at 5:15 p.m. in cap and gown.  The hood will not be worn during the Mass.   

Caps and Gowns

The deadline for ordering cap and gown is Friday, November 6, 2015 at 11:59pm.

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, tassels, or colors for student organizations or graduating with honors.

Cap and Gown Pick up
Caps and Gowns will be distributed on Tuesday, December 15 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 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 December 16. 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

Members of the graduation class will select the student speaker, the faculty award winner who will serve as the faculty speaker, faculty hooders and marshals.   The election will be coordinated by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. 


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 the Seattle Sheraton Hotel 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 Deann Ketchum.

Photographers from GradImages 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.

If you post updates, photos, or video to social media, we'd love to celebrate with you! Please use the hashtag #seattleulaw2015 or post to our Facebook page.

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

Application for Graduation

If you have not completed an Application for Graduation on SUOnline (, 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 ( 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, Deann Ketchum, at 206-398-4302 or by e-mail at