Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Although we were 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.

As you know, we had planned to gather for a Commencement Ceremony in November to belatedly celebrate your graduation from Seattle University School of Law. I am sorry to inform you that due to the continuing high rate of COVID-19 cases throughout the U.S., including WA State, the Law School has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel our plans to hold an in-person commencement ceremony this fall. The health and wellbeing of our graduates and their loved ones is paramount, and it is simply not safe to hold large events in Seattle for the foreseeable future.  

We are currently working with the Graduation Committee to find a suitable way to celebrate all that you have accomplished. The Graduation Committee will be meeting over the next couple of weeks, but if you have ideas about how you would like to celebrate, please reach out to Dean Deming,, or Cloie Chapman '20,, who is chairing the Committee.

In the meantime, for those of you interested in having a keepsake, we are happy to send hard copies of the finalized commencement program with your name included. Please reach out to Deann Ketchum,, with the number of copies you would like to receive as well as your mailing address. For those of you who had regalia mailed to you at home, we will be in touch with you later this fall with arrangements for returning your regalia to the company.

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.

Caps and Gowns

If you have requested your regalia be shipped to you at home, 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 your robe and hood were mailed. (*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.   

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.   

Returning your Regalia:
Your robe, hood and tam/mortarboard are rentals and will need to be returned.  The Dean's Office will send additional instructions for returning your regalia 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 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