Sunday, May 14, 2017
Baker Stadium and Memorial Fieldhouse Seating
Family and friends should arrive at Baker Stadium between noon and 2 p.m., on Sunday, May 14. Tickets are not required to attend the Commencement Ceremony, so you may invite as many guests as you choose to celebrate graduation with you. In addition to seating in the Baker Stadium bleachers, ground-level seating will be provided on Peyton Field. Seating will open at noon and is first-come, first-served. Seats may not be reserved in advance.
Families with guests in need of indoor accommodations are welcome to view the live video of the ceremony from seating within Memorial Fieldhouse. Memorial Fieldhouse will open for seating at noon and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Seats may not be reserved in advance. For further information about these accommodations, please contact us by phone 253.879.3451, 800.339.3312, or send Haley Harshaw in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations an email.
For family and friends unable to attend the ceremony in person, live web streaming will be available. Please visit the Commencement website on Sunday, May 14 to watch Commencement live.
Washington Weather, Rain or Shine
University of Puget Sound holds the Commencement Ceremony outdoors in celebration of the striking Pacific Northwest environment. Like the graduating classes before you, you might come to remember graduation in terms of the weather. The Class of 2017 could hold the record for the rainiest, hottest, or most beautiful Commencement Ceremony, so make sure you and your guests dress for unpredictable weather. There is no protection from the wind, sun, or rain; bring sunscreen, sunglasses, caps, rain-ponchos, and umbrellas. If rain is predicted, graduates seated on the field (the most vulnerable in inclement weather) will be provided with ponchos, however all guests should come prepared for rain or shine.
In the event of severe weather, an announcement with instructions will be made from the stage, and information will be available on the website.
Considerations for Guests with Disabilities
Designated ground-level seating will be roped off for guests with disabilities; Commencement ushers will gladly assist guests in need of these seating accommodations. Wheelchairs may be rented for use during Commencement Weekend from the following Tacoma locations:
The ceremony is captioned for guests seated on the east side of Peyton Field, near the platform. A limited number of assisted listening devices are available. Please contact Haley Harshaw in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 253.879. 3451, 800.339.3312, or by email if you require this service.
A limited number of handicap parking spaces will be reserved in the Memorial Fieldhouse parking lot. Please arrive early as this parking area is on a first come, first served basis and fills up early. Additional parking information will be included in the spring Commencement Newsletter.