The Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2015 will be held Saturday, May 9 at 11am. For the second year in a row, the event will be held at beautiful McCaw Hall, home to the Seattle Opera, located in the Seattle Center. The ceremony is usually two hours long and a short reception with light refreshment immediately follows.
Guest tickets or invitations are not required for admittance.
- Driving Directions
- Parking Information
- Information for Candidates
- Information for Family & Friends
- Information for Faculty
- Information for Staff
McCaw Hall is located on Mercer Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues, on the north edge of the Seattle Center campus, approximately 2 miles north of the Downtown Seattle business district. The Hall’s street address is 321 Mercer Street. Driving directions can be found at the McCaw Hall website.
Parking is available at the Mercer Street Garage, conveniently located across the street from McCaw Hall. A covered skybridge provides easy access between level C of the garage and McCaw Hall. Vehicle clearance for the Mercer Garage is 7’7”. Capacity, including ADA, is 1,439 spaces. For additional details, please visit the McCaw Hall website.
Information for Candidates
Candidates should arrive at McCaw Hall for check-in at 9:00am on Saturday, May 9h. Rehearsal and department photos will follow check-in. Line up for the processional is at 10:30am. Grads must be sure to pick up their processional cards at check-in to ensure that their names are called during the ceremony.
Students are eligible to participate in the College’s commencement ceremony if they have six or fewer credits outstanding after the spring semester is complete. If a student has more than six credits unfulfilled, they are eligible to participate in the next year’s ceremony. If you are a prospective graduate and have questions regarding your eligibility to participate in ceremony or your graduation status, you should contact the Registration Office at 206.726.5089.
Diplomas are not given out at the ceremony. Final degree awards will be posted to a student’s record within 30 days of the last day of the semester. Diplomas will be available following the final graduation audit, and for most students by June 1. Graduates must provide the Registration and Records Office (in person or via a graduation application on Compass) with the address where they would like their diploma sent; graduates who do not provide a diploma-specific address will have their diplomas held at the Registration and Records Office for in-person pick-up.
Complimentary, non-personalized announcements may be picked up from the Registration & Records Office early March. Each graduating student will receive five complimentary announcements. Unclaimed announcements will be released to students who would like extras in April.
The Alumni Relations Office can be reached at 206.726.5052. More information about the Alumni Relations Office can be found here.
Photographers from GradImages will be on hand to take shots of the graduates. Candidates should fill out the contact cards provided by GradImages the day of the ceremony to receive a link to their photos or go to GradImages website to view proofs available for purchase.
Information for Family & Friends
Family and friends of graduates should plan to arrive a half hour before the start of at the ceremony. Once the processional has begun, late-arriving guests will be asked to wait or use a side entrance, as the main doors to the auditorium will be blocked.
Information for Faculty
Faculty members of the College are encouraged to attend the ceremony and should plan to arrive at McCaw Hall half hour before the start of the ceremony. Faculty process immediately after students. To ensure reserved seating, faculty are asked to RSVP to Associate Registrar Laura McKee: firstname.lastname@example.org / 206.726.5022.
Information for Staff
Staff members of the College are welcome to attend the ceremony. Please follow the guidelines for the guests.