Commencement Weekend 2020 Activities & Events

Please note that dates, times, and locations are subject to change. 

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 Andy Cornell at acornell@pugetsound.edu.

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.

Academic Convocation
11 a.m. - 12:30 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. 

First Generation Graduates Gathering
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Wheelock Student Center, Murray Boardroom and Lounge

The First Generation Graduates Gathering 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.  For more information, please contact Andy Cornell at acornell@pugetsound.edu. This event is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Engagement. 

Posse Scholars Cohort I Graduation Celebration                                                                                  
1:30-3:30 p.m.

The Posse Scholars Cohort I Graduation Celebration is a gathering to honor and celebrate the first cohort of Puget Sound Posse Scholars in completing their academic studies. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students, this event is an opportunity to recognize Posse Scholars graduates accomplishments among their family, friends, mentors, faculty, and staff in a formal setting.

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 Andy Cornell at acornell@pugetsound.edu. 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 17, 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 Cindy Gulyas at cgulyas@pugetsound.edu.​

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.