Commencement 2017: Special Events

May 12, 2017

Commencement Events

Graduating Student Blessing & BBQ

Please join us to celebrate and honor 2017 graduating students.
Date: Wednesday, May 31
Time: 4:30pm
Location: St. Ignatius Chapel (Rain location: Student Center 160)
Student blessing at the chapel and BBQ on Union Green to follow! All students, family, friends, staff and faculty are invited.
RSVP by May 22. 

Commencement Brunch

Please join us for Seattle University's President's Commencement Brunch as we congratulate 2017 graduates on their academic achievement and welcome our newest alumni into the Seattle University Alumni Association.

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Grand Ballroom | Sheraton Hotel
1400 Sixth Avenue | Seattle, WA 98101

9:30 a.m. Check-in and registration 
10:00 a.m.  Brunch served 
10:30 a.m.  Program begins 

Graduating Students- $10
Guests- $35 (Students are allowed up to 5 guests)
Click to register online.  

Baccalaureate Mass

Students and families of all faiths are invited and encouraged to participate in the Baccalaureate Mass. Tickets are not required for the Baccalaureate Mass, but seating is limited. St. James Cathedral is located a few blocks from the Seattle University Campus.

Saturday, June 10 | 2:30 p.m.
St. James Cathedral | 804 Ninth Avenue

Robing: All degree candidates are to wear their caps, gowns and hoods for the Baccalaureate Mass. You may change into your academic robes in St. James Cathedral Hall, entrance on Columbia Street beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Processional: Please arrive by 2:15 p.m. to be a part of the processional. The processional will begin at 2:30 p.m. with faculty members leading the group. The processional line forms on the south side of Marion between 9th Avenue and Terry Avenue, weather permitting. If it is raining, students should gather in Cathedral Hall. For this event there is no precise marching order; simply line up two-by-two. Faculty marshals will direct you into pews and organize the recessional from the church.
Click here for more information. 

Seattle University Graduate Commencement

Sunday, June 11, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
KeyArena at Seattle Center
334 1st Avenue North 


The graduate ceremony begins at 3:00 p.m. Please arrive no later than 2:15 p.m. for the processional line up.  
*Please note: doors will not open until 2:00 p.m. at KeyArena.

  • 2:00 p.m. Doors open
  • 2:15 p.m. Line up begins
  • 3:00 p.m. Ceremony begins
  • 5:00 p.m. Ceremony ends

Participants and guests can park in pay parking garages near KeyArena. Disabled parking is available in all garages. There are garages at 220 1st Ave. N (across from KeyArena); 650 3rd Ave. N (approx. 2 blocks away); and 516 Harrison St (approx. 5 blocks away).

All degree candidates are to wear their caps, gowns, and hoods for commencement. Please have your guests hold your cell phone, purse, bag, coat etc. during the ceremony as there is no secured location for these items in KeyArena, and you likely will not want to process with them. Please remember to keep your name card (that the bookstore issued) with you.
No balloons or noisemakers are allowed inside KeyArena.

For more information, click here.