Commencement Ceremony

Commencement is an opportunity for Shoreline students who have completed their studies to celebrate their accomplishments with families, friends, faculty, and staff in a formal ceremony at the end of the academic year.

Commencement 2018
Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018

4:45 p.m. - Graduates line up
6:00 p.m. - Ceremony
Reception and light refreshments to follow


Gymnasium (Building 3000)
Reception in Pagoda Union Building (Building 9000)

Online: View the Live Stream.
Contact Us
Ceremony Questions

Sarah Pearce
Program Assistant

Graduation application questions

Cecily Sherrit
Credentials Evaluator 3


Participate as a Graduate

Step 1: Complete the graduation application by April 13, 2018, if you plan to graduate in Spring or Summer 2018. If you are graduating from a professional/technical program, you must also submit a planning guide signed by your program advisor and division dean with your graduation application.

Step 2: Purchase your cap, gown, and tassel in mid-May 2018 at the Bookstore ($38.50 with tax). At the time of purchase, your name will officially be added to the list of ceremony participants. Special cap and gown sizes are limited; please purchase your regalia as early as possible for best selection. If you will borrow a Shoreline cap and gown from someone you know, you must contact Sarah Pearce (206-546-4545, Room 5226) to inform her that you will participate in the ceremony.

Step 3: Arrive at the Commencement ceremony promptly at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 21. Check in at the lower level of the Gymnasium (Building 3000) to line up for the procession. Purses, backpacks, and other personal items should be left with family/friends, as there will be no secure place to leave them in the gym.


Attend as a Guest

Three (3) guest tickets are issued to each graduate at the time of their cap and gown purchase. Each guest at the ceremony must have a ticket and should arrive at the Gymnasium no later than 5:30 p.m. for best seating.

Commencement is always standing-room only. An overflow room with large-screen viewing of the ceremony will be available. Late arrivals will not be seated in the Gymnasium; they will be directed to the overflow room to watch the ceremony.

Directions and Parking

Shoreline’s campus is accessible by bus or car. Ceremony parking is free. Please allow additional time to locate a parking spot and walk to the Gymnasium. We encourage graduates and guests to carpool or use public transit. View maps, directions, and bus routes.



Sign Language Interpreter: An American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter will be on the stage during the ceremony. Please let one of the ushers know if you or your guests will need to be seated with a view of the interpreter. Please note the sign language interpreter will not be visible in the overflow room.

Access: Audience seating in the Gymnasium is in bleachers. First-row seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Other Accommodations: If you require other accommodations, please contact Student Support Programs.



Grad Images will take professional photos of each graduate on the stage, as they receive their diploma. Visit Grad Images to view and order photos from the ceremony. Graduates can also pre-register on the Grad Images website before the event and earn a discount on photo orders. A setting for informal photographs will also be provided at the reception following the ceremony in the Pagoda Union Building (Building 9000).



Graduates will receive a diploma cover at Commencement. Official diplomas are awarded once a final graduation evaluation has occurred to confirm all requirements have been satisfied. Diplomas are mailed to Spring graduates in August/September and to Summer graduates in October.


Faculty Caps and Gowns

Faculty and staff who wish to participate in the ceremony should place their cap and gown order through Lisa Smith (206-546-5862, Room 9301).