Commencement

December 2020 Commencement Ceremony

Congratulations to everyone who will complete their program in December 2020! Please join us on Zoom Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 10:00am for a live virtual commencement ceremony!

We will include the traditional elements of our commencement ceremony including remarks from President Sundborg and Dean Annette Clark. Your elected Student and Faculty speaker will have a chance to address the graduating class. You will also hear from an alumna who will welcome you to the legal community. We will celebrate each of you by reading your name just as we would in a traditional ceremony.  You will be able to share some personal remarks in the commencement program. 

The live commencement ceremony will stream on You Tube so that you can share the event with your family and friends. We will also record the event so that you can view and share the ceremony afterwards.

Caps and Gowns
Selection of Faculty, Student Speaker, and National Anthem Performer
Application for Graduation
Personal Remarks for Commencement Program
•  Share your Accomplishments

Caps and Gowns

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; however, these will not be a part of your rental package. We encourage you to wear your regalia in the photograph you submit for the commencement ceremony.   Students may order their regalia, announcements and other keepsakes online through the Jostens website. Please order your regalia by Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

Your Regalia Will Be Shipped To You
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.

Announcements
Graduation announcements will not be provided, but are available for purchase through the Jostens website. There are some announcement cards available on the website now. The formal announcements with the School of Law seal will be ready soon. We will send an announcement out when they are available for purchase.

Selection of Faculty Speaker, Student Speaker and National Anthem Performer

A student speaker will be elected by members of the graduating class. Members of the graduating class will also elect a faculty speaker who will be awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award for 2020. Both the faculty and student speakers will record a speech to be included in the December virtual commencement ceremony. The election will be coordinated by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.  Nominations for student and faculty speakers will be due Monday, October 26, 2020. 

A graduating student or group of students may perform the National Anthem to be recorded and included as a part of the December virtual commencement ceremony . If you are interested, please email ketchumd@seattleu.edu no later than Monday October 26, 2020. Please indicate your singing and musical experience. You will be contacted should auditions be required. The selected performer(s) will need to sing a cappella unless they plan to provide their own musical accompaniment. If this is the case, please indicate this in your nomination email. The Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Donna Claxton Deming, will select the individual who will perform.

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.

Personal Remarks for Commencement Program

Students also have the opportunity to include brief personal remarks in the graduation program. In the past, students have thanked people important to them and those who helped them through law school. Some students also included post-graduation plans. If you would like to include your remarks in the graduation program, you must submit the Winter Graduation Pronunciation/Remarks form no later than Friday, November 2, 2020. You may also include the phonetic pronunciation of your name on this form as well.

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 #seattleulaw2020 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.

Details regarding the May 2021 Commencement ceremony will be posted in January 2021.

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.