May 2018 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, May 12, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at KeyArena, 305 Harrison Street ( 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.


Reception and Baccalaureate Mass 

A Baccalaureate Mass will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 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.

We invite all graduates, their families and friends to join us for a Reception at the law school (Sullivan Hall) to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduiates on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend, including children.  We would love to celebrate with you at both events; however, 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 also be free during the Mass and the Reception. Guests are welcome to park in the Visitor Parking lot (12th and East Marion Street) and also in the Murphy Garage (E. James Way between Broadway and 12th Avenue). 

Caps and Gowns

Academic dress is required for the Commencement ceremony. The deadline for ordering your cap and gown is Thursday, March 29, 2018.

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 and graduation announcements are now available to order online through the Herff Jones website.

Cap and Gown Pick up
Regalia will be distributed on Tuesday, May 8 from 3:00 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 4:30 p.m. May 9 and May 10. 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 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 commencements 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.  The Committee will also help in the nomination process for the performance of the National Anthem.   May 2018 or August 2018 Graduates who would like to serve on the Committee are welcome to email 


Tickets are not required for graduation. Students may invite as many friends and family to attend the ceremony as they wish.  Accessible 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.

Instructions for Graduates:
Graduates must be at the assembly point at KeyArena at 9:15 a.m., wearing their regalia (cap, gown and hood). Detailed instructions will be sent to graduates in April. 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 alphabetically. Staff volunteers will be available to assist you with your regalia and lining up.

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 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.

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

Share Your Accomplishments!

If you post updates, photos, or video to social media, we'd love to celebrate with you! Please use the hashtag #seattleulaw2018 or post to our Facebook page.

The graduation ceremony will be available live streaming online Saturday morning (May 12), for friends and family who are unable to attend. A link will be made available before the graduation ceremony.  A recording will be available after the ceremony. 

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 graduating in May 2018 should submit the phonetic pronunciation of their name at (, to ensure correct pronunciation during the graduation ceremony. You must submit this form no later than Friday, April 6, 2018.

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