December 2019 Commencement

Graduation Photographs Now Available!

You may view and order your December 2019 Graduation Photographs by visiting the GradImages® website at

Simply enter your Last Name, School ("Seattle University"), and select 2019 from the dropdown menu. Under "Find My Photos" locate your name and click on the link to view your photos.

If you need additional help to locate your photographs, call the GradImages® customer service department at 800-261-2576 or email

Check out our Flickr gallery of the December 2019 Ceremony:

Extra Copies of the Graduation Program

If you would like copies of the graduation program for you, your family or friends, please send your name, mailing address and number of programs you wish to receive to We only have a few left - programs will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis until we run out.

Diploma Frames

Custom diploma frames are now available through our Campus Store (, or can be ordered online at Law diplomas are 11" x 14". 

Details regarding the May 2020 Commencement Ceremony will be posted soon!  

Date, Time, Location of the Commencement Ceremony

Commencement will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University.  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.



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

Caps and Gowns

Academic dress is required for the Commencement Ceremony.

Cap and Gown Ordering
You may now submit your rental regalia order online through the Herff Jones website.  

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 ceremony; however, these will not be a part of your rental package. 

Plesae be sure you submit your order by Monday, November 4, 2019.

You may purchase personalized announcements for the commencement program. Please contact our Herff Jones Representative, Scott Thompson at (800) 442-4696 or email for more information.

Cap and Gown Pick-up
Caps and Gowns will be distributed on campus  Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on the 2nd Floor Gallery of Sullivan Hall. 

You may have a friend or family member pick up your regalia on your behalf.  If you are unable to pick up your regalia on the distribution date, it will be held for you in the Dean's Office up to the day before the ceremony.   

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

Members of the graduating 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. 


Tickets are not required for commencement.
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.    

It is the policy of Seattle University to prohibit firearms at University events.  Concessions will not be available during this event.  No balloons, confetti, or silly string, please. 

Parking on campus will be complimentary during the Commencement Ceremony and the Reception! Guests are welcome to park in the Murphy Garage (E. James Way between Broadway and 12th Avenue), and in the Broadway Garage (Broadway and E. Columbia Street). Due to construction, there is very limited parking in Visitor Parking lot (12th and East Marion Street).

ADA parking is also located in the Visitor Parking lot (12th and East Marion Street) and is not impacted by construction.

Instructions for Graduates:
Graduates must be at the assembly point at Pigott Auditorium no later than 9:15 a.m. wearing their regalia (cap, gown). Graduates will carry their hood draped over their left arm. Upon arriving, graduates will be given a card with their 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.

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.

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, November 18, 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 commencement program.

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

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.

Student Remarks

Students  have the opportunity to include brief personal remarks in the commencement 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. Students may also submit the phonetic pronunciation of their name on this form. You must submit the Winter Commencement Remarks form no later than November 1, 2019.

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