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

Individual photos from our May 2016 graduation ceremony are now available from GradImages. To view or purchase photographs, just enter the graduate's last name, "Seattle University " under school and select "2016" from the drop down menu.

We are pleased to share the May 2016 Graduation Ceremony with you online at

December 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, December 17 at 10:00 a.m. at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel, 1400 Sixth Avenue ( Candidates for the Juris Doctor degree are encouraged to be present. Graduates are asked to arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. We expect the ceremony to last an hour to an hour and a half.



The School of Law will host a reception for all graduates, their families and friends immediately following the ceremony at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. All family and friends of graduates are welcome to attend, including children.

Caps and Gowns

The deadline for ordering cap and gown is Friday, November 4, 2016 at 11:59pm. Academic dress is required for the Commencement ceremony.

Cap and Gown Ordering
You will order your regalia and announcements online from the Herff Jones website. Regalia is provided free of charge to graduates (graduation announcements will not be provided, but will be available for purchase at the time you order your regalia). Be on the lookout additional information from the Deans Office about ordering your regalia and announcements in early October.

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 13 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 14. 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 no later than at 9:15 a.m., wearing their regalia (cap, gown and hood).  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. We expect the ceremony to last an hour to an hour and a half with the reception immediately following.

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.

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.

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.

Students graduating in December 2016 can submit the phonetic pronunciation of their name and brief personal remarks to be included in the graduation program. You will receive additional information from the Deans Office soon with instructions.

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