Commencement

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Although we are not able to gather together to celebrate in May, every single member of our law school community congratulates you on the completion of your law studies. We rejoice over your achievements, and we welcome you into the legal profession and as new members of our Seattle University School of Law alumni family.

Please enjoy this video message from our Faculty Speaker, Student Speaker and members of our Faculty.

You may also download and share this May 16, 2020 Commencement Program.

If you would like a printed copy of the Commencement program, please email ketchumd@seattleu.edu. Indicate the number of copies you would like printed and confirm your mailing address. 

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 #seattleulaw2020 or post to our Facebook page.


Date, Time, and Location of the Commencement Ceremony

We are planning or rescheduled Commencement Ceremony Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 10:00am at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center, 321 Mercer Street, Seattle, Washington (get directions here).

Please hold the date, but with the understanding that our ability to hold an in-person Commencement Ceremony will depend on COVID-19 developments over the coming months. Anything we plan will, of course, need to be in accord with the health and safety regulations in place at the time.

Seating may be limited, and tickets may be required.   

Caps and Gowns

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.

If you ordered regalia, you should have received a robe, hood and academic cap* by mail directly from Herff Jones.

Academic caps were mailed to you separately shortly after. (*JD and LLM students should have received a black 8-sided tam; MLS students should have received a black square mortarboard.)

If you did not receive your robe, hood, tam/mortarboard, please reach out to the Herff Jones Customer Service Center at 1-800-837-4235.  If you have difficulty in reaching Customer Service, or have other issues with your regalia please email ketchumd@seattleu.edu and we will do our best to help.

Tassels:
JD students will walk with a gold tassel. LLM and MLS students will walk with a purple tassel.

If you are a JD student, and received a purple tassel, Herff Jones is mailing a gold tassel to you.  We will aslo have extra gold tassels available at the ceremony in the student assembly area at Commencement. 

Returning your Regalia:
Your robe, hood and tam/mortarboard are rentals and will need to be returned.

Students may return their regalia after the Commencement Ceremony in the student robing area. If you do not plan to attend the Commencement Ceremony, your regalia will be returned to Seattle University School of Law. We will send additional instructions for mailing your regalia to the School of Law at a later time.

You may address any questions about academic regalia to Deann Ketchum (206-398-4302).

December 2020 Commencement Ceremony

We plan to hold a Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. for our Fall 2020 graduates.  Our ability to hold an in-person Commencement Ceremony will take will depend on COVID-19 developments over the coming months. Anything we plan will, of course, need to be in accord with the health and safety regulations in place at the time. Additional information will be posted on this website soon.

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.

Be sure to submit the phonetic pronunciation of your 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.


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  ketchumd@seattleu.edu.