UW Commencement

Our goal is to provide you with the information and resources that will make your next move – whether it be towards a post-graduate degree or out into the “real” world – a winning one. Be sure to let us know how we can better serve your needs.

Next Destination Survey

Undergrad degree recipients can enter to win 1 of 25 $50 Amazon gift cards!  Just take 3 minutes, before June 12, to complete some questions about what you’ll be up to after graduation.  Your responses will help us populate our outcomes dashboard, which helps prospective and current UW students make decisions about their future.  To find the survey link, log into Handshake, select the Career Center tile, and then select the First Destination tile. Winners will be contacted in June.

UW Career and Internship Center

If you’re still trying to figure out what to do after graduation, don’t worry…many graduating seniors, both at UW and across the country, are in the same boat!  Whether you’ve looked hard and haven’t landed anything yet, or you’ve intentionally delayed your search, the Career & Internship Center has you covered.

Free Job Search Resources for Upcoming & New Graduates

  • Handshake – With over 10,000 postings, Handshake is UW’s one-stop shop for college-level internships and jobs!  Free access…forever!
  • DIY Resources – Check out handouts, online tools, recorded webinars, and other resources available 24/7 so you can work on career stuff whenever you want.
  • Webinars – Leading up to graduation, we’ll be offering webinars on resumes, cover letters, job searching, interviewing, networking, LinkedIn, internships, using Handshake to find jobs, and conscious job-seeking
  • Class of 2021 Career Readiness Week – We’re offering graduates 3 days of webinars to help you Plan Your Next Step (Tuesday, June 22); Articulate Your Skills & Experiences to Potential Employers (Wednesday, June 23); and Find Success in the Job Market (Thursday, June 24).
  • Recent Graduate Virtual Job Fair – Your chance to meet virtually for 10 minutes with recruiters from a range of organizations looking to hire Huskies. June 29, 1:00-4:00
  • Coaching Appointments – Schedule a 30-minute session to talk about any career-related issue with one of our 4 friendly career coaches.  Free for the first 3 years after graduation.

When Do I Get my Diploma?

Diplomas are sent out approximately 3 to 4 months after graduation. If it’s been that long and you still haven’t received your diploma, contact the Office of Graduation and Academic Records at ugradoff@u.washington.edu or call 206-543-1803.

Help with Student Loans

The Office of Student Financial Aid can answer your questions on paying back your student loans. Don’t hesitate to contact them if you need help managing your loan repayment plan.

Keep Learning at the UW

Learning doesn’t have to stop at graduation. UW Professional & Continuing Education offers certificates, master’s degrees and courses designed to boost your career.

Choose from more than 80 certificate programs and pick up the practical skills and experience required of today’s workforce. You’ll learn from instructors who are leading industry professionals in their field.

As a Husky alum, you’ll receive $300 off a qualifying certificate program.