Events for Parents and Families

We hope you will attend — or perhaps volunteer at — one of our popular upcoming events. Questions? Email parents@spu.edu.

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Upcoming Events

September Session begins

Monday, August 19

An opportunity for students to take unique or specialty courses. Many Global Seminars will be offered during this period.


Labor Day

Monday, September 2

Campus offices closed.


New International Student Orientation 2019

Tuesday–Wednesday, September 24–25

All international students are required to attend International Student Orientation. Visit the International Student Orientation website for a schedule and details. 


Orientation 2019

Wednesday–Sunday, September 25–29

An event jam-packed with opportunities for incoming and transfer students to meet and engage with peers; learn about SPU; meet key faculty, staff, and administrators; and have loads of fun. Visit the Orientation 2019 website for complete information.


Returning-student campus housing check-in

Saturday–Sunday, September 28–29
11 a.m.–5 p.m.


Autumn Quarter 2019

Monday, September 30

Classes begin.


Engage Events

Renowned national and international speakers, some of Seattle’s most engaging theatre performances, memorable concerts, outstanding athletic competition. Explore upcoming events and get involved.

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.