Preparing for Commencement

Commencement is a formal academic graduation ceremony and it is university policy that all students participating in the ceremony (processing with the graduating class and appearing on the stage) are required to wear academic regalia (cap and gown).  

Cap and Gown and Announcement Ordering
National Achiever Services is proud to partner with the University of Puget Sound for your Commencement regalia and announcement needs.  For our sustainable-minded campus, National Achiever is offering EarthGrad™ regalia. Learn more about the EarthGrad™ gown.

The deadline for reserving your Cap and Gown is April 3, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. 

Regalia and announcements can be purchased here.

Grad Fair
March  2 - 3, 2020
Noon - 4 p.m.                                                                                                                                                              Wheelock Student Center, Rasmussen Rotunda

In a festive setting, enjoy treats while you order your cap and gown, take professional graduation portraits, and access university personnel and resources in preparation for the next chapter of your Puget Sound experience.  

Professional Photographs
A professional photographer will be on campus to take the classic portrait of you in cap and gown at the Grad Fair. There will be regalia on site for your photograph. These photos are taken without obligation to purchase. Picture proofs will be sent to you individually via email following the event. Please look for the email message to come from GradImages.

During the Commencement Ceremony on May 17, a photographer will snap your picture as your receive your diploma. An email message will be sent to you within days of the ceremony with instructions about viewing your Commencement Ceremony photos. These photos are available online to view without obligation and may be purchased directly from the photographer's website. For more information contact GradImages.

Cap and Gown Distribution
May 11 - 12, 2020
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wheelock Student Center 108

A family member or friend can pick up the cap and gown for a graduate who cannot attend during these distribution hours. A note of pick-up approval from the graduate, or a receipt of purchase is required.

A last-chance distribution is scheduled for Sunday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the garden level in Jones Hall. Master’s and D.P.T. graduates will receive their hoods during their departments’ hooding ceremonies.

Name Pronunciation Practice Session
May 11, 2019
1:30 - 3 p.m.
Thomas Hall, NW Lounge

Let's make sure your full name is pronounced correctly as you walk across the stage to receive your diploma. If from experience you find that people sometimes mispronounce your first, middle, or last name, Provost Laura Behling invites you to help her practice at a name pronunciation session.  

Graduates' Virtual Guide to Commencement
Visit this page to access important ceremony instructions. You'll find out how to line up with your classmates for your last student walk across campus, what to do when you are called to approach the stage, and many more important details. There will be no ceremony rehearsal, so it is vital that you read this information to be prepared for graduation day.

Commencement Etiquette
Please respect the dignity of the Commencement Ceremony by dressing appropriately, showing good manners, and refraining from use of alcohol. Washington state law and university policy prohibit consumption of alcohol in public areas and on the Puget Sound campus. Complying with state and university regulations and promoting good behavior will help ensure that you, your fellow classmates, and your guests will have an enjoyable Commencement experience.