Commencement Hall

Commencement Hall opened August 2013! 

The university is thrilled to add to our campus community an innovative new residence hall, offering a sleek, modern design and attractive amenities. Commencement Hall is comprised of flat-style units for 9-14 students that each contain: single bedrooms, private bathrooms, full kitchens and great rooms, built in technology, washer and dryer units, etc. With its central location and balance of independence and community, this new on-campus housing opportunity can’t be beat! 

Who is eligible to live here? This beautiful building is home to 135 students, predominantly of junior and senior standing, who are living and learning as a part of premiere academic-residential programs. Faculty-student partnerships drive these programs that include focuses on entrepreneurship, environmental policy and the outdoors, the humanities, international education and study abroad, and the honors program. Current students with sophomore standing and above have the opportunity to apply to live in one of five themed communities in this robust and engaging scholarly environment for the 2014-15 year. 

Any rooms in Commencement Hall that are not affiliated with these academic-residential programs will be available for current students with sophomore standing and above during a period of open signups, the Early Housing Decision process in the beginning of February 2014. 

 

Michel Rocchi International District 

 

The Michel Rocchi International District is experiential living with like-minded students with an international focus. This program will provide a home for study abroad students to orient themselves pre-departure and reacclimate upon returning to Puget Sound. Beyond study abroad, this will also be a home for any students whose academic pursuits and interests include an international component. Possible activities associated with this program may include: study abroad returnee picture night; international movie night; study abroad interest meetings; international food night/celebrations of holidays from different cultures; speakers on topics such as international careers, grad school, international volunteer opportunities, political issues in relevant countries; a service project; and/or day trips or overnight field trips.  NOTE: If a student is applying to live in The Michel Rocchi International District in Commencement Hall they will apply as an individual and do not need to  arrange with a partner to create a full year's contract.       

 

Applying to live in the Michel Rocchi International District for 2014-15? Contact Roy Robinson, Director of International Programs, at rrobinson@pugetsound.edu, 253.879.3653, or Howarth 215.

 

Entrepreneurship Flat

This is a flat for action-oriented people. Entrepreneurship is about solving problems in an innovative way. The problems entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs solve may be social problems, environmental problems or market-based problems. To live in this flat, you should want to work interactively with students from multiple disciplines and perspectives to change the world in some way, large or small. This creative, inclusive, action-oriented flat appeals to internally motivated, focused students who want to turn their passion into a business, a non-profit, a movement.  

Applying to live in the E-House for 2014-15? Questions about the application or living in E-House? Contact Professor Claire directly at lclaire@pugetsound.edu, and check out the Tacoma Entrepreneur Network (TEN) website: http://www.tacomaents.org

 

Environmental Outdoor Leadership Flat 

This flat was created to bring together juniors and seniors with different interests to create a community which inspires each other through your engagement on and off campus.  This flat brings together those interested in: environmental policy and decision making, environmental science, outdoor leadership, sustainability, environmental activism, natural history or experiential education.

Your flat is an amazing space to live, eat, and hang out in.  Your group will have a full kitchen to cook in while others will create a new community garden outside the hall. Each of you can follow your interests while being inspired by others interests.

Applying to live in the Environmental Outdoor Leadership Community for 2014-15?  Questions about the application or living in the Environmental Outdoor Leadership Flat?  Contact Justin Canny, Assistant Director for Outdoor Programs, at jcanny@pugetsound.edu, 253.879.3317, or 3209 N. 15th.  You may also contact Dan Sherman, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, at dsherman@pugetsound.edu, 253.879.2862, or Wyatt 232.  

 

Humanities Flat

This dynamic program provides a residential learning experience for students interested in the ways that ideas find expression through the arts. Residents represent all academic majors, including those in the natural and social sciences, but have in common a special interest in the arts (literary, theatrical, visual, aural) and their relationship to history, philosophy, and religion. Many students minor in the Humanities, although this is not a residential requirement. The Humanities flat will be home to 18 first-year students who together take Humanities 132, “The Scientific and Romantic Revolutions” (fall semester, 2014), and to 18 upperclassmen interested in the Humanities.

Humanities flat students participate in a variety co-curricular activities that expose them to the arts. These include off-campus trips to artistic events (plays, musicals, symphonies, operas, fairs, etc.), museums, and lectures, as well as in-house events such as open-mic nights, talent shows, faculty talks, film screenings, and the traditional “Palaver Dinners” that combine student-cooked meals with informal speeches on a range of art-related topics.

Applying to live in the Humanities Flat for 2014-15? Contact the Humanities program Administrator Karen Neal at kjneal@pugetsound.edu.

 

Honors Program 

The Honors Program at Puget Sound offers students a chance to fulfill their Core Requirements in courses that focus on classic texts of Eastern and Western civilization. Each year, 34 students are selected to participate in this four-year program. These students will take classes together and build a common base of knowledge from which to draw on in subsequent classes. During senior year, each student in the program will write an Honors Thesis in their major or field of study and then present their research to the community. At graduation, students who complete the program will be designated as Coolidge Otis Chapman Honors Scholars.

Applying to live in the Honors Flat for 2014-15? Contact George Erving, Director of the Honors Program, at gerving@pugetsound.edu, or 253.879.3816.