Parents and Families in the Loop

Welcome to the news, events, and support site for Seattle Pacific parents and families.

We share a lofty goal: To prepare all our students to make a difference, wherever God takes them. Thank you for trusting us to play such an important role in your student’s life and learning.

You play a part in this grand adventure, as well. Read here how you can stand with your student in our shared mission to help engage the culture and change the world.

On Wednesday, May 9, Seattle Pacific University will be part of GiveBig 2018, a 24-hour online fundraising event hosted by the Seattle Foundation. Gifts made on the GiveBIG day will go directly to the University Fund and support campus programs.

Micailah Moore, a sociology student at Seattle Pacific, recently spoke about Tent City 3’s recent three-month stay on campus in a New York Times article about homelessness in Seattle. A student researcher, Moore interviewed several Tent City 3 residents during their time at SPU.

Seattle Pacific students talk about why they love intramural sports, the Hues of SPU Run, March to the Match, and being a fan at a Falcon soccer game. As one student says, “We pretty much have something going on every single day.”

When SPU’s 2018 graduates gather for Ivy Cutting and Commencement, 30 students will be wearing special veteran stoles with their graduation regalia.

Practicing BSN- or MSN-prepared nurses with at least 12 months experience as a registered nurse can now pursue the Doctor of Nursing Pathway: Clinical Nurse Specialist.

New dean for the School of Education

Provost Jeff Van Duzer announced that after a nationwide search, Professor of Education and Director of Doctoral Programs Nyaradzo Mvududu was appointed dean of the School of Education

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Mvududu received an MBA from the University of Washington in 1996 and an EdD from SPU in 2002. She became an SPU faculty member in 2003, and her teaching and research focuses on both statistics and research. 

Dean since 2008, Professor of Education Rick Eigenbrood is returning to a teaching faculty role within the School. Mvududu will begin her new role July 1.

Upcoming Events

Theatre: “Love’s Labor’s Lost”

April 19–21; April 26–28 7:30 p.m.; 2 p.m. matinee April 28
James Leon Chapman Stage, McKinley Hall
Tickets: $15 adults; $12 students, with valid ID; $12 seniors (age 60 and over)

The SPU Theatre presents “Love’s Labor’s Lost,” a comedy by William Shakespeare about a king and his court who vow to abstain from earthly pleasures — sleep, food, and the very sight of women — for three full years. No sooner is the oath sworn than the Princess of France (and her ladies-in-waiting) arrive to negotiate an old treaty.Ticket are available through the Box Office, online, or by calling 206-281-2959.

Faculty Concert: Chamber Music From the Baltics and Scandinavia

Friday, April 27
7:30 p.m. | Nickerson Studios

National Day of Prayer

Thursday, May 3

Autumn Quarter registration begins

Monday, May 14

Students can choose from 69 majors and 55 minors, including the newest majors Mechanical Engineering, Criminal Justice, and Social Justice and Cultural Studies.

Commencement events

June 8-9

Ivy Cutting, Baccalaureate, Falcons Forever BBQ, Commencement, and more will happen during Commencement weekend. Find schedules and more at

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Falcon Formation

Whether you are a prospective or current student, a parent, or a faculty or staff member, discover how vital “Falcon Formation” is to student life and learning at Seattle Pacific.

Response Magazine

Our print and online magazine helps you be an informed voice for global Christian engagement.

What’s coming next?

When do residence halls open and close? When does Autumn Quarter begin? How about Orientation or finals? Academic year highlights for the coming year are now posted.