Commencement Weekend 2020 Activities & Events

Please note that dates and times are subject to change. 

We are looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our first graduating Posse scholars cohort at Puget Sound, celebration details will be posted here soon!

Friday, May 15, 2020

Campus Bookstore is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Lavender Graduates Celebration
4 - 6 p.m.
Wheelock Student Center, Rasmussen Rotunda

This celebration is comprised of graduates, family, and friends to recognize and applaud the unique challenges and successes of our LGBTQ+ student community as they complete their academic studies. This event is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Engagement. For more information, please contact Isabel Lane at

Grad Party
8:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Wheelock Student Center, Marshall Hall

As you look forward to graduation, Student Activities and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations are planning an extravaganza celebrating your Puget Sound experience and send-off as an enthusiastic member of the Puget Sound Alumni Association.  Join your classmates and families for food, drinks and entertainment.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Campus Bookstore is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

First Generation Graduates Recognition 
9 - 10:30 a.m.
Wheelock Student Center, Upper Marshall Foyer

The First Generation Graduates Recognition event is a gathering to honor the deep significance of our first-generation college students in completing their academic studies. We welcome the opportunity to recognize their accomplishments among their friends and family in an informal setting. This event is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Engagement.

Academic Convocation
2 - 3:30 p.m.
Schneebeck Concert Hall

Academic Convocation is a celebration of student achievement in the academic life of the university.  The event will feature remarks by selected student and faculty speakers; presentation of university awards, Writing Excellence Awards, and departmental awards; and recognition of initiates into Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi, graduate fellowship recipients, and research scholars. 

Graduates of Color Celebration
4 - 6 p.m.

Wheelock Student Center, Upper Marshall Hall
Family and friends join graduates in celebration of their diverse backgrounds and journeys to the joyous completion of their studies.  This ceremony honors graduates of color whose racial-ethnic heritage provides a sense of identity, community, and pride. For more information, please contact Isabel Lane at This event is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Engagement. 

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Campus Bookstore is open from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Commencement Brunch
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Wheelock Student Center, Marshall Hall

Members of the Class of 2020, families, guests, and faculty are invited to the Commencement Brunch on Sunday, May 19, in Wheelock Student Center.  Brunch will be served from 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The link to purchase advanced tickets will be posted soon. 

Interfaith Baccalaureate Celebration
10 - 11 a.m. 
Kilworth Memorial Chapel

The university's baccalaureate celebration provides students and families from all religious and spiritual backgrounds the opportunity to gather and honor the ways faith and spirituality have been a part of our graduates' learning and growth at Puget Sound.  This celebration is designed and led by graduates from diverse backgrounds with support from University Chaplain Dave Wright '96.  Given the inclusive and unique nature of the celebration, all graduates and families are welcome to be present and to participate in the program in ways appropriate for their own spiritual and religious identities.   For more information, please contact​

Last Chance Cap and Gown Distribution
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Garden Level, Jones Hall

Make sure you have everything you need for the ceremony. This is the last opportunity to pick up your reserved cap and gown.

Graduate and Faculty Lineup and Last Student Walk Across Campus
1 p.m.
G.E. Karlen Quadrangle

Put on your cap and gown and meet your classmates at Karlen Quadrangle to assemble for the procession to Baker Stadium.  Please plan to take any personal photographs prior to the lineup- this will be a busy time, and we need your full attention to start your last student walk across campus on the right foot. 

Commencement Ceremony
2 - 4:30 p.m.
Baker Stadium

The stadium opens for seating at noon.  

Commencement Reception
4:30 p.m.
Event Lawn

Enjoy refreshments on campus immediately following Commencement.  Gather one more time with your family, friends and faculty to celebrate your graduation from Puget Sound.