UW Commencement

Commencement at Husky Stadium

On June 9, 2018, the University of Washington will honor the graduating class of 2018 at the University’s 143rd Annual Commencement Exercises. Over 5,500 graduates will take the field at the magnificent Husky Stadium to the cheers and applause of 40,000 family members and friends.

All graduates will walk across the 4,000 square foot purple and gold commencement stage, adorned with life-sized replicas of the University columns, and have their photographs taken as they receive their diploma mementos (a purple leather diploma cover bearing the official seal of the University of Washington).

It will be a once-in-a-lifetime event in the lives of graduates and parents alike – an experience not to be missed.

For information about other graduation celebrations, please visit school and department ceremonies.


All graduates are required to wear cap and gown, which may be purchased through the registration/order form, May 2-20. Graduates are responsible for ordering and distributing guest tickets and parking permits, as needed, for their friends and family. All students are expected to abide by the ceremony conduct agreement and student instructions.


Entrance tickets are required for both students and their guests. All guest tickets, except disability seating, are general admission and complimentary. Tickets are ordered by the graduates when they register for the ceremony and purchase their caps and gowns. All reasonable requests for tickets will be met. For more information visit the tickets page.

There are reserved disability seating sections for guests in wheelchairs, guests with mobility impairment and guests needing American Sign Language. For more information visit disability accommodations pages.


Parking permits for a wide variety of campus lots may be purchased by graduates when they fill out the registration/order form. Permits are available for parking on Commencement Day, June 9, or for school, college and departmental ceremonies that take place on other days around Commencement. Disability parking is available on any day and can be selected by the graduates when they complete the registration/order form. For more information visit our parking page.


For a list of items not allowed in Husky stadium, visit the security information page.