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 Grad Experience, custom created with cutting-edge technology and virtual magic, and offering multiple opportunities for you to participate and share the day with your friends and family. If you're not camera shy, you'll have a chance to see yourself sitting in one of the "virtual seats" created for this event.
12:00 PDT - From the moment you join the Grad Experience you’ll see your fellow grads celebrating, check out the photos and messages you and your classmates are posting on Tagboard, browse the Commencement program to find your name, and drop in on Dubs to see how he is celebrating on commencement day. Next up will be the “Purple Carpet” pre-show, featuring interviews with students and their families from around the world, and a behind the scenes look into creating commencement day.
1:30 PDT - The pomp and circumstance begins with the opening procession of graduates into the virtual theatre (everyone in your family will see you!). Following you into the theatre will be the Deans of the University's 16 Schools and Colleges, President Ana Mari Cauce, Provost Richards and the chair of the Board of Regents. From there, all the traditional elements of the ceremony unfold. Degrees will be conferred, tassels will be turned, and caps will be thrown, marking your entrance into the company of esteemed Husky alumni. Don't miss out! Register/order today!

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.


Congratulations to the Class of 2021! We’ll see you at Commencement! And we hope to see you next year on campus for a live celebration!

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Registration/Order form will be open from May 5 – May 16.

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