UW Commencement

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!
  • Career Planning Resources – Check out video clips, handouts, online tools, recorded webinars, and other resources available 24/7 so you can work on career stuff whenever you want.
  • Free Subscriptions for Huskies – Online platforms and products to help you explore careers, build skills, get experience, practice interviewing, and more.
  • Workshops & Webinars – During spring quarter, we’ll be offering webinars and in-person workshops on resumes, cover letters, job searching, interviewing, networking, LinkedIn, using Handshake, and more.
  • 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.
  • In-person and Virtual Job & Internship Fairs – Connect with recruiters in the HUB on June 18 or virtually through Handshake on June 26. Free for UW students and alumni.

When Do I Get my Diploma?

Diplomas are sent out approximately 2 months after graduation. For more information on diplomas, check out the Diplomas page on the Office of the University Registrar website.

Returning PhD and Professional Degree Rental Regalia after graduation ceremonies

If you missed the June 12 deadline to return your rental regalia to the University Book Store, you will need to ship the regalia to Oak Hall to avoid being charged.  The shipping address is:

Oak Hall Cap and Gown
3812 Blue Ridge Dr.
Roanoke, VA 24018

Place a clearly written note in the box with your name, email address, phone number and the University of Washington.  We recommend insuring PhD (purple) regalia for $1025 and Professional (black) regalia for $650.

Make sure you’ve really graduated!

Students who complete all requirements to graduate will get an email confirming their official graduation status after the degree is granted. This email will have the subject “University of Washington Notification of Degree Posting: Next Steps.” It will be sent from registra@uw.edu to your uw.edu email. If you do not receive this email, you have not graduated (even if you attend Commencement). Meet with your adviser to make sure you will meet all graduation requirements.

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.