Graduation

December 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. Be on the lookout for more information to come from the Dean's Office. 

Date, Time, Location of the Graduation Ceremony

Graduation will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Westin Seattle Hotel, 1900 5th Avenue (http://www.westinseattle.com). All degree candidates are encouraged to be present. Graduates are asked to arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. We expect the ceremony to last approximately an hour to an hour and a half.

TICKETS FOR ATTENDANCE AND SEATING WILL NOT BE REQUIRED. THE NUMBER OF GUESTS EACH STUDENT CAN INVITE IS UNLIMITED.

Reception 

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

Caps and Gowns

Cap and Gown Ordering
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.  

You may order your regalia online through the Herff Jones website at https://collegegrad.herffjones.com.    Please be sure to order your regalia no later than October 29, 2018

Graduation announcements will be available for purchase at the same time you request your regalia package.

Cap and Gown Pick up
Caps and Gowns will be distributed December 6, 2018 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm on the second floor near the Dean's Office suite. 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 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

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.

Ceremony

Guests:
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.

It is the policy of Seattle University to prohibit firearms at University events.

Instructions for Graduates:
Graduates must be at the assembly point at the Westin Seattle Hotel no later than 9:15 a.m., wearing their regalia (cap and gown).  You will carry your hood draped over your left arm.  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.

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 contact Deann Ketchum at (206-398-4302).

Application for Graduation

If you have not yet applied for graduation, please do so at your earliest opportunity via SUOnline (https://suonline.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 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 (http://www.law.seattleu.edu/Office_and_Administration/Registrar/Graduation.xml) for more information.

Students graduating in December 2018 should submit the phonetic pronunciation of their name to ensure correct pronunciation during the graduation ceremony.

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.

You must submit the Winter Graduation Pronunciation/Remarks form no later than November 2, 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 ketchumd@seattleu.edu.