UW News

May 10, 2007

132nd Commencement at UW’s Seattle campus–2 p.m. June 9 at Husky Stadium

News and Information

Mark A. Emmert, University of Washington president, will officiate at Commencement ceremonies in Seattle, as well as Commencement ceremonies at UW Tacoma June 8 and UW Bothell June 10.

The June 9 ceremonies at Husky Stadium start at 2 p.m. Graduates begin to line up at noon. The academic procession begins at 1:30. The ceremony takes 2½ hours and could be shortened in the event of inclement weather.

The ceremony will be telecast live on UWTV and also is available on the Web through www.uwtv.org

About 4,500 graduates are expected to attend, with an audience of about 38,000 family members and guests. Degrees are awarded to those who have completed academic requirements some time during the 2006-2007 academic year. An estimated 10,630 degrees will be awarded in Seattle — about 7,200 bachelor’s degrees, 2,400 master’s degrees, 550 doctorates and 480 professional degrees.

The Commencement speaker is Rep. Norm Dicks, congressman from Washington’s Sixth District.

Other recipients of special honors to be acknowledged at the Seattle commencement include: the Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus, Distinguished Teaching Awards and the President’s Medals—presented to two graduating seniors with the most distinguished academic record.

Members of the Board of Regents, deans and other representatives of the University’s 17 colleges and schools will participate in the Seattle ceremony. University officials also will be present at the Tacoma and Bothell ceremonies.

Many of the colleges and schools also have separate graduation programs and investiture ceremonies. Complete information is available at www.uwgraduation.com.

UW Tacoma’s ceremonies are at 10 a.m. Friday, June 8 at the Tacoma Dome. Commencement speaker is author J.A. Jance. Patricia Spakes, chancellor of UW Tacoma, will present baccalaureate degrees; Suzanne Ortega, dean of the Graduate School, will present graduate degrees. The ceremony also will spotlight the recipient of the Chancellor’s Medal for academic achievement. G. Kent Nelson, senior lecturer in the Milgard School of Business, will be recognized as the recipient of the UW Tacoma’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and Anthony D’Costa, professor in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program, will be honored with the Distinguished Research Award. UW Tacoma will award an estimated 900 bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

UW Bothell will hold ceremonies at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 10 in the Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion on the UW campus in Seattle. Interim Chancellor Steven Olswang, UW President Emmert, a student speaker and incoming Chancellor Kenyon Chan will present Commencement remarks and reflections. A Chancellor’s Medal and a President’s Medal will be awarded to outstanding students in the Class of 2007.

The Distinguished Teaching Award will be given to David Goldstein, lecturer in interdisciplinary arts and sciences. UW Bothell will award an estimated 680 bachelor’s and master’s degrees.