Commencement Hall

With its central location and balance of independence and community, this on-campus housing opportunity can’t be beat. It is equipped with five unaffiliated flats available to all juniors and seniors. This beautiful building is also home to students who are living and learning as a part of premiere academic-residential programs. This robust and engaging scholarly environment is driven by faculty-student partnerships. Current students with sophomore standing and above have the opportunity to apply to live in one of four themed communities for the upcoming school year. The room rate for a single in Commencement is a premium rate.

Fast Facts

👤 Capacity: 135

🏠 Types of rooms: 9-14 single rooms placed in 11 larger flats

🍎 Meal Plan: required

💁 Who lives here: students of junior or senior standing in co-educational flats

Amenities Per Student

🏨 1 extra-long twin-size bed

📖 desk with drawers

💺 chair

🚪 wardrobe

📚 bookshelf

Common Amenities (in each flat)

🚽 bathrooms: 3 or 4 bathrooms shared among 9-14 residents of a flat

🎦 fully furnished living room

🍴 kitchen and full dining table

🌀 full free laundry

📶 free wifi and cable

♒ heat capable per room

Halls & Houses Floor Plans

Residential Living Policies, Rates, & Refunds

Housing Selection Process


Michel Rocchi International District  

The Michel Rocchi International District offers an experiential living for students with an international focus. It is a home for those whose academic pursuits and interests include an international component, and for action-oriented upper division students. To live in one of these flats, you should want to live interactively with students that share the same interests.

This program also provides a home for study abroad students to orient themselves pre-departure and re-acclimate upon returning to Puget Sound. 

NOTE: If a future study-abroad 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 the upcoming school year? Contact Michel Rocchi, faculty sponsor, at, Wyatt 241, 253.879.3969. 

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 the upcoming school year?  Questions about the application or living in the Environmental Outdoor Leadership Flat?  Contact Justin Canny, Assistant Director for Outdoor Programs, at, 253.879.3317, or visit his office at 3209 N. 15th.  You may also contact Dan Sherman, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, at, 253.879.2862, or visit his office in Wyatt 232.  

Humanities Residential Program

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 Residential Program will be housed in Regester for those first-year students who take the Humanities seminar, while non-first year students interested in the Humanities will have the option to live in Commencement in the Humanities Flat.

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.

Are you interested in living in the Humanities Residential Program for the upcoming school year? Contact George Erving, Director of the Honors Program, at, or 253.879.3816.  

Honors Residential 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.

Interested in living in the Honors Flat in Commencement or Langlow House for the upcoming school year? Contact George Erving, Director of the Honors Program, at, or 253.879.3816.