Individual photographs from our May 2017 graduation ceremony are now available from GradImages. Simply enter your Last Name, "Seattle University" under School and select 2017 from the dropdown menu. Select "Find My Photos". Once you see your name, 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

December 2017 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.

Details regarding the May 2018 Commencement ceremony will be posted in January 2018. 

Date, Time, Location of the Graduation Ceremony

Graduation will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Westin Seattle Hotel, 1900 5th Avenue ( 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 last 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 at the Westin Seattle Hotel. All family and friends of graduates are welcome to attend, including children.

Caps and Gowns

Cap and Gown Ordering
You may now order your regalia and announcements online from the  Herff Jones website.    The deadline for ordering cap and gown is Friday, November 3, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. 

Academic dress is required for the Commencement ceremony. Regalia is provided free of charge to graduates (graduation announcements will not be provided, but will be available for purchase at the time you order your regalia).

There are no special cords, tassels, or colors for student organizations or graduating with honors.

Cap and Gown Pick up
Caps and Gowns will be distributed on Tuesday, December 12 from 4:00 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 5:00 p.m. starting December 13. 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.



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.

Instructions for Graduates: 
Graduates must be at the assembly point at the Westin Hotel no later than 9:15 a.m., wearing their regalia (cap, 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. Staff volunteers will be available to assist you with your regalia and lining up.

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. 

Share Your Accomplishments!

If you post updates, photos, or video to social media, we'd love to celebrate with you! Please use the hashtag #seattleulaw2017 or post to our Facebook page.

Application for Graduation

If you have not completed an Application for Graduation on SUOnline (, please do so as soon as possible. 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. Please see the Registrar's Graduation page for more information.

Students graduating in December 2017 can submit the 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 3, 2017.

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