Pacific Lutheran University
Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 2:30 p.m., Tacoma Dome
2727 East D Street Tacoma, WA 98421

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Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 11 a.m.
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Pacific Lutheran University

Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.
Tacoma Dome
2727 East D Street
Tacoma, WA 98421

Ceremony Details


Tickets are not required. PLU encourages friends and family of graduation candidates to attend the Commencement Ceremony.

When to Arrive:

Graduates: Graduates are to arrive at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall at 1:30 p.m. for instructions and to form the academic processional.
Guests: The ceremony will begin promptly at 2:30 p.m. The Tacoma Dome opens at 1:30 p.m. for seating.
Commencement is a special event for all involved. In order to create a memorable occasion for guests and graduates please make sure cellular phones and electronic devices are switched to silent during the ceremony. In order to allow every guest the opportunity to see each graduation candidate, the audience is asked to remain seated during the ceremony. Guests are not permitted on the arena floor or the Exhibition Hall.

Academic Regalia for Graduation Candidates:

Ordering: Candidates have until Sunday, April 13, 2014, to place their cap/gown order with Royal-T (a representative of Herff Jones).

Pick-up: Caps, gowns and hoods MUST be picked up at the GRAD FAIR: Cap/Gown Pick-Up on Tuesday, May 20, and Wednesday, May 21, from 4-6:30 p.m. each day at the Garfield Book Company.

PLU follows the Academic Costume Code as outlined by the American Council on Education (ACE). Graduation candidates wear black caps, gowns and tassels. All candidates, both Bachelors and Masters, wear hoods lined with gold to represent PLU and trimmed with the color indicative of the degree the student is earning. In keeping with ACE’s guidelines, candidates may not decorate their caps, gowns or hoods. Honorifics awarded by PLU (ex. honors cords, Wang Center pins, etc.) may be worn. Floral accents (corsages, boutonnieres, leis, etc.) should be worn after the Commencement Ceremony.


Announcements may also be purchased through Royal-T; announcement orders are accepted after the cap/gown order deadline.

Ceremony Photography:

For those graduation candidates, families and friends looking to capture the momentous occasion of commencement, will be at the ceremony to photograph each candidate. A quick photo will be taken as each candidate approaches the stage, along with a candid photo as he or she is individually congratulated and a ceremony portrait as he or she exits the stage. This service is complimentary; there is no obligation to purchase.

Shortly after the ceremony, candidates will receive proofs of their photos via mail and email. Candidates may then choose from different packages or order individual photographs. Orders may be placed online, by mail and by phone. For more information, call 800-261-2576 or visit

Gifts and Flowers:

The Garfield Book Company will be open on Commencement Day. In addition, the bookstore will be on site at the Tacoma Dome with PLU merchandise and graduation gift ideas for your convenience. The bookstore is also available online at

Flower arrangements will be available for purchase at the Tacoma Dome.

Webcast Viewing:

Commencement may also be viewed via live broadcast on the Internet and will be made available on-demand via LuteCast.

Ceremony DVD:

PLU Instructional Technologies is pleased to offer graduates and guests a copy of the 2014 Commencement Ceremony for a fee of $12 per video. To order, contact PLU Instructional Technologies at 253-535-7509 or via email at Please allow 2–3 weeks from the order date for delivery.