Freshman Convocation

32nd Annual Freshman Convocation

The University of Washington welcome for freshmen, their friends and families

Held Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015

“We is greater than me,” President Cauce tells entering class

“We is greater than me,” a core tenet of the Husky experience, was a theme performed with many variations on Sunday morning as an estimated 6,500 new students, parents and family members were welcomed into the UW community at the 32nd annual Freshman Convocation in Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Interim President Ana Mari Cauce, the regents, deans and university faculty members were all in attendance to mark the occasion of this seminal “calling together” of the university family. (more)


Why do we have commencement and convocation ceremonies? Learn more about ceremony and tradition at the University of Washington.

Office of Ceremonies


Symbols and meanings

There are four key ritual elements that are seen at University of Washington academic ceremonies. They express our history and traditions.



The Four Columns

The columns that form the backdrop for our stage at convocation and commencement hold special meaning for the University of Washington.



The University Mace

University of Washington ceremonial occasions begin with the entrance of the University Mace, carried by the University Marshal.