Office of Ceremonies


The Purpose of Ceremony

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


Faculty in traditional regalia

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 in Sylvan Grove

The Four Columns

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


University of Washington Mace

The University Mace

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