Regional & Community Relations

June 8, 2021

UW virtual commencement ceremonies on June 12 and 13

UW art installations, like these decorated stairs, are in celebration of 2021 graduates.Photo: Dana Brooks/University of Washington

The UW’s 146th commencement ceremonies happen the weekend of June 12 and 13. This year’s graduates will participate in virtual commencement ceremonies, as was the case last year, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Seattle event begins at noon on June 12. UW Tacoma’s starts at 10 a.m. on June 12 and UW Bothell’s takes place on Sunday, June 13, at 1:00 p.m.

The interactive online commencement will be broadcast live, bringing together Huskies from around the world, and feature many elements of a traditional graduation. Translation will be provided in nine languages.

To help students celebrate, UW has added art installations throughout its Seattle campus to create special backdrops for photos with family and friends (think plentiful large block Ws, special banners, and Drumheller Fountain lit purple). These features will remain on campus through June 13. See a map of art installations and learn more here.

Despite the virtual ceremonies, some traffic congestion may still occur in Seattle’s U District during commencement weekend as 2021 graduates visit campus to take photos.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!


Additional 2021 Commencement resources:

Commencement questions:

UW Bothell

UW Tacoma