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W Day 2017

W Day

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Celebrate the UW and keep the purple and gold tradition alive on Oct. 27, 2017. Join your fellow Huskies on campus, online and in the community for W Day!

We celebrate W Day — marking 156 years since the UW was founded — by honoring the impact of our community on Washington and the world. Show your Purple Pride and thank you for supporting our mission to serve the greater good.

See the many ways you can participate!

Attend campus festivities

Join us on Red Square for music, games, giveaways and food.

On the W Day stage

  • 10-11:30 a.m. Student emcees, trivia, tunes and student performances
  • 11:20 a.m. Husky Marching Band and Cheer
  • 11:45 a.m. Crowning of the Homecoming Court
  • 12 p.m. Remarks from President Ana Mari Cauce
  • 12:25 p.m. Husky Spirit Contest (see details below)
  • 12:45-2 p.m. Student emcees, tunes and student performances

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On Red Square

10 a.m.

  • Fun games, including basketball —UW athletes will join in 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Giveaways from Coca-Cola and the UW Alumni Association
    (One per person while supplies last)

10:30 a.m.

  • Face painting: Add some flair to your Husky spirit!
  • Photo booth: Snap a photo or make a GIF with your fellow Huskies

11 a.m.

  • Free purple T-shirts and UW swag 
    (One per person while supplies last)

11:30 a.m.

  • Dollars for Dawgs: Grab a hot dog and a Coca-Cola beverage for a suggested donation. Whether you give $1 or $100, your gift benefits the Husky Pride Fund.
    (Thank you to US Foods for providing the hot dogs and Coca Cola for providing the beverages for this event. Available while supplies last.)

12 p.m.

  • Free Trophy cupcakes

W Day photo booth

Join the Husky Pride celebration on social media

  • Share your Husky Pride with #WDay.
  • Participate in the #WDayContest (details below).
  • Experience the campus energy as Huskies take over Snapchat.
  • Follow along on Facebook for live streaming and shared albums of your photos.

Who has the most Husky spirit? Participate in the #WDayContest on social media, on Red Square or both!

On social media

  • Share a photo of your best expression of Husky spirit on Facebook or Instagram with #WDayContest, or send it to us directly on those channels.
  • Contest begins on Oct. 27 at 12:01 a.m. and ends at 11:59 p.m.
  • Winner will be notified on Oct. 30, given a special prize and announced on UW social media.

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On Red Square

  • Come to the Red Square celebration wearing your most over-the-top, Husky-spirited outfit and compete for a special prize.
  • Participants will be invited on stage at 12:25 p.m.
  • Winner will be chosen by Huskies in the crowd and awarded a special prize.

Be Boundless for Washington and the World

Celebrate W Day by supporting what you care about through the UW. Join us today at

Near or far, wear your Husky Purple

It’s #WDay and #PurpleFriday! Show your pride and wear your purple Husky gear, whether you’re on campus, in the PNW or anywhere else in the world.

Students on Red Square

In celebration of W Day, U District and University Village shops and restaurants are offering discounts to Huskies wearing purple or UW-licensed apparel on Oct. 27. Shop, dine out and save. See the full list of merchants below. Stay tuned for updates.

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University Village

University District

UW campus

  • UW Dining: 10% off at all UW Dining locations.


The University of Washington extends special thanks to our generous sponsors.

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