May 2019 Commencement Ceremony

Date, Time, Location of the Graduation Ceremony

Graduation will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center, 321 Mercer Street, Seattle, Washington ( All degree candidates are encouraged to be present. Graduates must arrive at 9:15 a.m. We expect the ceremony to last two to two and half hours.


Baccalaureate Mass and Reception 

A Baccalaureate Mass will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 4:30 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 Sullivan Hall at the west entrance doors (outside of the Courtroom) at 4:15 p.m. dressed in their cap and gown. The hood will not be worn during the mass.

The School of Law will host a Reception celebrating our graduates on Friday, May 17 at the law school from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All family and friends of graduates are welcome to attend, including children.

If you do not wish to participate in the Mass, we welcome you and your guests to attend the Reception. There will not be a reception following the graduation ceremony on Saturday.

Parking on campus will be free druing the Mass and Receptoin for Graduates and their Guests.   Guests are welcome to park in the Visitor's Parking lot (12th and East Marion Street) and in the Murphy Garage (E. James Way between Broadway and 12th Avenue). 

Directions to campus can be found at  

Caps and Gowns

Academic dress is required for the Commencement ceremony.

Cap and Gown Ordering
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.

Regalia, graduation announcements and other keepsakes are now available to order online through the Herff Jones website (  

Please order your regalia before Friday, March 29, 2019. 

Cap and Gown Pick up
Caps and Gowns will be distributed on campus  Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. If you are unable to pick up your regalia at that time, you may pick it up in the Dean's Office. 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 following the ceremony.   A Herff Jones Representative will be at the commencement ceremony to assist. 

You may address any questions about fees, fitting or pickup of the academic regalia to Deann Ketchum (206-398-4302).

Selection of Faculty and Student Speakers

The Graduation 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. The Committee will develop the process for selecting the student speaker, the faculty award winner and speaker, and the faculty hooders and marshals.

May 2019 or August 2019 graduates who would like to serve on the Committee are welcome to email Luke Riley, Graduation Committee Chair, at for more information.


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.

Firearms are not allowed at events on City property. In addition, it is the policy of Seattle University to prohibit firearms at University events. 

Concessions will not be available during this event. Helium balloons are not permitted.

Instructions for Graduates:
Graduates must be at the assembly point at McCaw Hall at 9:15 a.m., wearing their regalia (cap and gown). Graduates will carry the hood over their left arm and will be hooded during the ceremony. Detailed instructions will be sent to graduates in April. 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. Please arrive promptly at 9:15 a.m.

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.

Regalia will be returned immediately after the ceremony.

Family Hooders: 
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 email no later than Monday, April 22, 2019. Please include the full name of your relative, your relationship, and the year they graduated.

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 #seattleulaw2019 or post to our Facebook page.

Application for Graduation

If you have not yet applied for graduation, please do so at your earliest opportunity via SUOnline ( 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.

The application can be found under the Students Menu section under "Academic Profile". Be sure you select "Law Application for Graduation (Law Students)" link. You will receive a system-generated email once your application has gone through. Please see the Registrar's Graduation page ( for more information.

Students participating in the May 2019 Ceremony should submit the phonetic pronunciation of their name to ensure correct pronunciation during the graduation ceremony. 

Please submit your phonetic pronunciation on this form no later than Friday, April 5, 2019.

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

December Graduation

Seattle University School of Law will no longer hold a commencement ceremony in December. Students anticipated to graduate in December 2019 will be invited to attend our spring term Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

Information about the 2020 Commencement Ceremony will be posted in this location in January 2020.

Questions can be directed the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Donna Claxton Deming, at