Find name pronunciation sessions, COVID-19 guest policies, stadium and parking details, and info regarding accessibility accommodations for guests and grads below.

"Help me pronounce your name!" with Provost Laura Behling
Name Pronunciation Sessions

We want to 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, who reads the names during the Commencement ceremony, will be available to go over pronunciation of your name. You can find the provost at Diversions/Piano Lounge in Wheelock Student Center during the following dates and times:

-Tuesday, April 26 – 8 am to 10 am
-Wednesday, April 27 – 11 am to 1 pm
-Monday, May 2 – 8 am to 10 am
-Thursday, May 5 – 2 pm to 4 pm
-Monday, May 9 – 2 pm to 4 pm* Please note the time of this session has been updated.

Covid-19 Policies & Considerations

The health and safety of our campus community remains the utmost priority.  The following policies are subject to change and registrants will be notified by email if any changes occur. Please make note of the following policies:

  1. We have seen recent changes in health and safety guidelines on federal, state, and county levels. As a result, the university has implemented a new policy specific to Commencement Weekend activities, including the main Commencement ceremony on May 15. In an effort to ensure all students can have families in attendance to celebrate their graduation, we are lifting the vaccination requirement for guests to attend Commencement Weekend events on campus.
  2. Pre-registration for tickets is required in order to attend the Commencement main ceremony.
  3. Masking will now be required in indoor spaces as of April 16. The university encourages masking outside if social distancing is not possible.   

Read the full policy here.

Stadium and Parking Information

  • All bags are subject to search upon entry. We request no large bags or backpacks be brought into Baker Stadium. All bags, regardless
    of size, are subject to search.
  • The university has strict policies prohibiting weapons on campus.  For more information, visit pugetsound.edu/weaponspolicy.
  • Parking will be distributed throughout campus. You can find a map of campus parking areas here. Parking for guests with disabilities will be available in the Fieldhouse parking lot.
  • No animals are allowed in the stadium (except service animals).

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 2022 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 and those who are 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 (such as lightning, threat of lighting, and/or high winds), an announcement with instructions will be made from the stage, and information will also be available on the website. 

Accessibility for Grads and Guests

  • Designated, ground-level seating will be available for guests with disabilities, and a limited number of seats are available for family members accompanying guests with disabilities.  Commencement ushers will gladly assist guests in need of these seating accommodations.  
  • The ceremony will be captioned for guests seated near the stage on Peyton Field.
  • Wheelchairs may be rented for use during Commencement Weekend from:
    Discount Medical 
    3907 6th Ave.           
    253.752.7900
  •  If you have questions or accommodation needs, please contact alumoffice@pugetsound.edu

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.