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 2020
Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Gymnasium (Building 3000)
Reception in Pagoda Union Building (Building 9000)
Online: View the 2019 Graduation Ceremony Live Stream

Contact Us


Ceremony Questions

Sarah Pearce
Executive Assistant

Graduation application questions

Cecily Sherrit
Credentials Evaluator 3


Participate as a Graduate

Step 1: Complete the graduation application by April 15, 2020, if you plan to graduate in Spring or Summer 2020. 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 2020 for approximately $38.50 with tax (location for purchase will be updated by the end of April). 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 (206-546-4641, Room 5202A) to inform her that you will participate in the ceremony.

Step 3: Arrive at the Commencement ceremony promptly 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to the start time of the ceremony on Saturday, June 20. 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. Water will be provided for graduates.

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 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony for best seating. If you would like to request more than three guest tickets, please complete the Commencement ticket wait list.

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.


Due to construction on campus, some roads and parking lots behind the gym may be closed or have limited access. Be sure to follow signs carefully as you approach campus and make your way through the parking lots. 


Sign Language Interpreter: An American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter will be on stage left (audience right) 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. Reserved first-row seating will be available for people with limited mobility on a first- come, first-served basis. Seating will be available for those in wheelchairs with space for one attendant. Please let one of the ushers know if you or your guests require either seating location. To reserve a seat prior to the ceremony, please fill out an event accommodation request form at least 10 days prior to the event date.
Other Accommodations: If you require other accommodations, please fill out an event accommodation request form. If you have question or  comments, 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).

Kahuna Flowers

Graduates and their families will have the opportunity to pre-order or buy flowers and leis on the day of the ceremony for graduates. Credit card and cash purchases will be available on the day of Commencement. Link to pre-order flowers will be updated by the end of April.


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.

Student and Faculty Speakers

Shoreline students, faculty, and staff may nominate an individual to be a Commencement 2020 speaker or a student service award recipient. Complete the nomination form to propose a speaker or awardee.

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).