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The Return of Commencement

Written by Tina Potterf

June 6, 2022

Photo of SU graduate facing an audience, holding diploma with arms outstretched.

In a first, Climate Pledge Arena will host the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies on June 12.

Seattle University’s Commencement is back in-person for the first time in three years and, in another first, at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena.

Joining the Class of 2022 will be members of the classes of 2020 and 2021, who will get their chance to walk across the stage since COVID-19 scuttled their traditional graduation ceremonies. 

About this year’s commencement and supporting events:

  • Nearly 2,100 undergraduate and graduate students are expected to walk across the stage—and thousands more in the seats cheering them on!
  • Honorary doctorates will be awarded to U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, Edward Reese, S.J., and Thomas Reese, S.J.
  • On June 11, celebrate the graduating class at the Baccalaureate Mass, starting at 2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church (820 18th Ave., Seattle).
  • Various special graduation-related celebrations are planned in the days leading up to commencement, including events for veterans, LGBTQIA+ students, ROTC, Alfie Scholars and more.

Learn more about this year’s commencement ceremonies, including how to livestream the event.

Read more about the commencement speakers at: