December 2021 Commencement Ceremony

Date, Time, Location of the Graduation Ceremony
Application for Graduation
Caps and Gowns
Selection of Faculty and Student Speakers

Date, Time, Location of the Graduation Ceremony

Graduation will be held on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. on the Seattle University campus. 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 for all graduates, their families and friends immediately following the ceremony. All are welcome to attend, including children

Application for Graduation

Submission of the Application for Graduation form is required even if you do not plan to attend the ceremony.

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

The application can be found on the landing page of 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.

Students participating in the December 2021 Ceremony MUST:

1. Indicate on the application form that they plan to attend the ceremony

2. Submit the phonetic pronunciation of their name to ensure correct pronunciation during the commencement ceremony.

3. Please disregard all sections regarding regalia.  You will order your regalia directly from Jostens (see Caps and Gowns below). 

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. If you would like to include your remarks in the commencement program, you must submit the Winter Commencement/Remarks form no later than November 1, 2021.

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 to you for purchase.

Regalia, graduation announcements and other keepsakes will be available to order online through the Jostens website.

The Dean's Office will notify graduates when regalia and graduation announcements are available to order.

Cap and Gown Pick-up
Caps and Gowns will be distributed on campus December 8, 2021 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on the 2nd Floor Gallery. 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 immediately following the ceremony. A Jostens 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 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.


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.

Masks will be required for all students, staff, faculty and their guests at all commencement events. 

Instructions for Graduates:
Graduates must report to the student assembly area no later than 9:15 a.m. wearing their regalia (cap, gown). Graduates will carry their hood draped over their left arm. 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 (University of Puget Sound School of Law) may invite that relative to assist in their 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 15, 2021. Please include the full name of your relative, your relationship, and the year they graduated.

Graduation Honors:

When student honors are announced at the commencement ceremony, that is only a provisional status reflecting the graduates' grades as of the end of the previous term. The official status information will ultimately depend on each student's full academic history. Grades from the final semester are due to the Registrar's office from professors 30 days after the end of the term. At that point, students' grades will be updated and final academic honors and rankings for graduates will be calculated.

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 #seattleulaw2021 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 2022 Commencement ceremony will be posted in January 2022.

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