Commencement

May 2021 Commencement Ceremony

Commencement will be held virtually on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Considering when we can reasonably expect to reach herd immunity and safely return to holding large, in-person gatherings, we have decided to celebrate Seattle University's 2021 Commencement virtually.  In addition to the health concerns associated with in-person gatherings in these times, we are mindful of the family members and the students currently connected with us remotely, who would need to take on the further risk and expense of traveling to and from Seattle. By celebrating Commencement virtually, we are prioritizing the health and safety of our entire university community while ensuring that the event is most inclusive of our graduating students and their families.

As disappointed as we are to not be able to gather in person, we look forward to joyfully celebrating with you and your families in May. Over the next few months we will be planning a ceremony that is both enjoyable and memorable. In particular, we look forward to calling your names, one by one, so that we may applaud and honor you for your incredible accomplishments and perseverance during these extraordinary and challenging times.


• Caps and Gowns
Selection of Faculty and Student Speaker 
• Commencement Committee
Application for Graduation
•  Share your Accomplishments

Caps and Gowns

Academic dress is required for the Commencement ceremony. Rental of regalia is provided free of charge to graduates. There are no special cords, tassels, or colors for students graduating with honors. Some student organizations will bestow stoles or cords to be worn at the graduation ceremony; however, these will not be a part of your rental package.  

Graduation announcements will not be provided but will be available for purchase at the same time you request your regalia package.

Cap and Gown Ordering
You may now submit your order for your rental regalia online through the Jostens website Please order your regalia by March 19, 2021! 

Your regalia will be shipped to you at your home address, usually within 5 weeks of your order.  Your regalia is a rental. Jostens will include a UPS label with your shipment for return to Jostens. Hold on to this label and return your regalia directly to Jostens after the ceremony.

Selection of Faculty and Student Speakers  

The Commencement Committee and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs will coordinate the election of the student and faculty commencement speakers. The speakers will be elected by the graduating class.  

Commencement Committee

Interested anticipated graduates are welcome to join us for the first planning meeting of the Commencement Committee on Thursday, February 18 at 11:00am.  Please check your SU email for the zoom meeting link, or reach out to the Dean's Office at ketchumd@seattleu.edu.

The Commencement Committee is responsible for selecting Faculty Marshals and Faculty Hooders, as well as organizing the selection of the Student Speaker and Outstanding Faculty Award/Faculty Speaker (voted by members of the graduating class). In the past, members of the Committee have also organizedthe nomination process for the performance of the National Anthem.

This year, in addition to its traditional responsibilities, the Commencement Committee will take an active role in planning and decision-making regarding the format and execution of our Commencement Ceremony.

If you are interested in helping, but cannot attend the meeting, please email ketchumd@seattleu.edu and we will be sure you are connected with Graduation Committee activities going forward.

Application for Graduation

If you have not yet applied for graduation, please do so at your earliest opportunity via my.seattleu.edu . 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 commencement program.

Be sure to submit the phonetic pronunciation of your name to ensure correct pronunciation during the ceremony.

The application can be found on the landing page of my.seattleu.edu under the "Academics" section under "Graduation Application".  You will receive a system-generated email once your application has gone through. Please see the Registrar's Graduation page for more information.

Share Your Accomplishments!

If you post updates, photos, or video to social media, we'd love to celebrate with you! Remember to tag us @seattleulaw or use the hashtag #seattleulaw2021 or post to our Facebook page. 


All of us involved in planning this ceremony want each of you to know that it is our intent to make your commencement 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