Commencement Weekend 2018 Activities & Events

Friday, May 11, 2018

Lavender Graduates Celebration
4 - 6 p.m.
Wheelock Student Center, Rasmussen Rotunda
This celebration is a time for graduates, family, and friends to recognize and applaud the unique challenges and successes of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender students and their allies. This event is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Engagement. For more information, please contact Helen Fickes 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 12, 2018

First Generation Graduates Recognition 
11 a.m. - 2 p.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 celebrate their accomplishments among their friends and family.

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 recognition of their diverse journeys to a successful completion of their studies.  This ceremony honors graduates whose color is an important aspect of their heritage, identity and pride. For more information, please contact Helen Fickes at This event is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Engagement.


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Commencement Brunch
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Wheelock Student Center, Marshall Hall
$10.50 admission for Class of 2018

Members of the Class of 2018, families, guests, and faculty are invited to the Commencement Brunch on Sunday, May 13, in Wheelock Student Center.  Brunch will be served from 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  Ticket prices are $20.95 for adults, $11.95 for children 12 and under, and $21.95 if purchased on Commencement day. To order tickets online, click hereTickets may be purchased in advance until May 11 (sales end at noon on May 11). Remember, the Class of 2018 receives a discounted ticket price of $10.95 for the Commencement Brunch!

 If you purchase 9 or more tickets for the brunch, please contact Chelsea Bairey, Dining and Catering Services, at 253.879.2659 for additional information.

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.

Interfaith Baccalaureate Service
10 - 11 a.m. 
Kilworth Memorial Chapel
The university's baccalaureate service provides students and families from all religious traditions the opportunity to gather and celebrate your achievements in a spiritual setting.  This service draws on resources from the religious and spiritual traditions represented in your graduating class, and is designed and led by graduates from diverse backgrounds with the support of University Chaplain Dave Wright '96.  For more information, please contact

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.  Tickets are not required.

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.