Preparing for Commencement
Cap and Gown and Announcement Ordering
Please place your order online by April 15 to avoid late fees
National Achiever Services is proud to partner with the University of Puget Sound for your Commencement regalia and announcement needs. For our sustainably-minded campus, National Achiever is offering GreenWeaver ™ regalia. GreenWeaver ™ is the only graduation gown on the market made from 100% post-consumer plastic bottles. Learn more about the GreenWeaver ™gown.
Puget Sound Grad Fair will take place on March 7 and 8, from noon to 4 p.m. each day, in the Piano Lounge in Wheelock Student Center. In a festive setting, you can enjoy treats while you order your cap and gown, take professional graduation portraits, learn how to register for LOGGER[net], and access university personnel and resources in preparation for the next chapter of your Puget Sound experience. Grad Fair will be the last chance to order your cap and gown before incurring late fees.
Cap and Gown Distribution
Caps and gowns will be distributed on Tuesday, May 14 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Wednesday, May 15, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, in Wheelock Student Center, Murray Boardroom (Rooms 106 & 108). A family member or friend can pick up the regalia for a graduate who cannot attend during these distribution hours. A note of pick-up approval from the graduate, or a receipt of purchase is required.
A last-chance distribution is scheduled for Sunday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the garden level in Jones Hall. Master’s and D.P.T. graduates will receive their hoods during their departments’ hooding ceremonies.
Hometown News Release
Let family and friends back home know about your upcoming graduation—publicize your achievement in your local newspaper by completing a hometown news release form. Puget Sound's Office of Communications staff will prepare a news release featuring your graduation from the university and distribute it to newspapers you identify in your local community.
A professional photographer will be on campus to take the classic portrait of you in cap and gown at the Grad Fair on March 7 and 8. The photographer will lend you regalia for your photograph. These photos are taken without obligation to purchase. Picture proofs will be sent to you individually via email following the event. Please look for the email message to come from GradImages.
During the Commencement Ceremony on May 19, a photographer will snap your picture as your receive your diploma. An e-mail message will be sent to you within days of the ceremony with instructions about viewing your Commencement Ceremony photos. These photos are available online to view without obligation and may be purchased directly from the photographer's website. For more information contact Grad Trak Graduation Images.
Name Pronunciation Practice Session
Let's make sure your full name is pronounced correctly as you walk across the stage to receive your diploma. If from experience you find that people sometimes mispronounce your first, middle, or last name, Associate Academic Dean Martin Jackson invites you to help him practice at a name pronunciation session. You may drop in to see Professor Jackson on Wednesday, May 15, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., in Trimble Forum.
Graduates' Virtual Guide to Commencement
Visit the Commencement website in May to access important ceremony instructions. You'll find out how to line up with your classmates for your last student walk across campus, what to do when you are called to approach the stage, where to return your cap and gown, and many more important details. There will be no ceremony rehearsal, so it is vital that you read this information to be prepared for graduation day.
Please respect the dignity of the Commencement Ceremony by dressing appropriately, showing good manners, and refraining from use of alcohol. Washington state law and university policy prohibit consumption of alcohol in public areas and on the Puget Sound campus. Complying with state and university regulations and promoting good behavior will help ensure that you, your fellow classmates, and your guests will have an enjoyable Commencement experience.