UW Commencement

Graduation 2020

The graduating class of 2021 is invited to join in the University of Washington's 146th Annual Commencement Ceremony, June 12, 2021.




On June 12, graduates, along with their families and friends, will come together from around the world to join in a historic interactive Commencement celebration to honor the Class of 2021.
This will be a unique experience, created with cutting-edge technology and virtual magic, and offering multiple opportunities for you to participate and share the day with your friends and classmates. It will start with the pre-show “Purple Carpet” and continue with the cap decorating contest. All the elements of a traditional graduation will be present, from the opening procession of graduates (this time, everyone in your family will see you!) to the conferring of degrees on graduates of the University’s 16 Schools and Colleges by President Ana Marie Cauce and the chair of the Board of Regents, and culminating with the final turning of tassels, marking your entrance into the company of esteemed Husky alumni. You might even see yourself and your family featured on the broadcast!

Virtual Procession



  • 12:00 p.m.*: Virtual Theatre Opens.
  • 12:30 p.m.*: Pre-show, “The Purple Carpet,” begins.
  • 1:30 p.m.*: Procession of doctoral, master’s, and bachelor's degree graduates begins.
  • 2:05 - 2:10 p.m.*: Commencement Ceremony begins

*All times are Pacific Daylight Time.

From the moment you join the celebration you’ll be able to look up photos and messages from your fellow grads, browse the Commencement program to find your name, and share the moment with family and friends in chat rooms and watch groups.
This ceremony will be surprisingly intimate, yet global in scope. Every effort is being made to help you celebrate with your classmates, family and friends.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! We’ll see you at Commencement!
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Have a question, a favorite UW memory, or a picture you’d love to share with your fellow graduating Huskies? Be sure to use #uwgrad21 when you post on social to join in the Commencement conversation.