Parents and Families in the Loop

Student and parents

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.

You spoke, we listened! After Mom's Day and Dad's Day this year, we surveyed attendees and asked if they would prefer to attend a "Parents Weekend" over Mom's Day and Dad's Day. The majority expressed interest in Parents Weekend so this year we'll be celebrating moms and dads at Homecoming and Parents Weekend (February 2-3, 2018) with special programming for parents and their students. Stay tuned for more details.

More than 750 undergraduate students and their families and friends gathered over June 9 and 10 to celebrate the Class of 2017. Find out more about Commencement 2017, and see the Ivy Cutting and Commencement photo galleries. Read more

You can get a new perspective on one of SPU’s most beloved traditions by watching an Ivy Cutting 360 video.

If your student will be an incoming freshman or transfer this Autumn Quarter, he or she is invited to enter the weekly #spubound photo contest — and get to know other incoming students!

To make sure you bring what you need — and avoid what you don’t — here’s a What to Bring Checklist (PDF) to help with summer planning.

This summer, Undergraduate Admissions will be holding several summer socials in cities across the West Coast for incoming freshmen, transfer students, and their families to meet and connect with other future Falcons!

Experience life at SPU, without leaving your living room. Our 360-degree tour of campus lets you step inside some of our favorite places on campus — and explore the action from every angle.

New vice president to lead campus diversity efforts

On July 1, Seattle Pacific University welcomed the new vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Sandra Richards Mayo, who was an associate professor and director of the doctoral program in educational leadership at Azusa Pacific University, will join Seattle Pacific’s Senior Leadership Team.

In her previous roles, Richards Mayo has focused on social justice, diversity, and equity. “This inaugural position represents SPU’s commitment to the ongoing work of reconciliation and provides a strategic opportunity to fulfill our institutional mission,” Richards Mayo says. “I am deeply honored to join the community as we set a vision forward to achieve greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do.”

Adds President Dan Martin: “Dr. Richards Mayo’s addition to SPU’s leadership team is part of our ongoing efforts to reflect the Kingdom of God in this community, living out the call to be reconcilers, and respecting each person’s humanity and uniqueness. This has been a focus for SPU for some time but we know that a senior leader focusing with intention on diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation is a vital step forward.”

Upcoming Events

Alumni Legacy Dinner Reception
September 20, 2017

Alumni whose children are new SPU students this fall are invited to connect with fellow legacy families and meet the Alumni and Parent Relations staff as our guests. Enjoy dinner with old and new friends, relive your glory days on campus, and share favorite stories. RSVP at or 206-281-2586.

Homecoming and Parents Weekend
February 2–3, 2018

Alumni, parents, students, and friends of SPU are invited to Homecoming and Parents Weekend February 2–3, 2018. Keep your calendars open and watch out for more details as the weekend draws near.

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Orientation Guidebook

See the Guidebook

Just getting started at SPU? Here’s everything you need to know, from food to parking to getting involved. This guidebook has it all.

Undergraduate admissions, students talking on campus

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.