UW Commencement

Candidates who meet the eligibility requirements below may participate in “Commencement 2021 – Celebrating Worldwide, on June 12, 2021.

Bachelor Candidates

Students who earned a degree in Summer 2020, Autumn 2020, or Winter 2021, or have applied to graduate with a departmental advisor for Spring 2021 or Summer 2021 are eligible. The names of Summer 2021 graduates will not appear in the Commencement program (the printed booklet that contains the order of events and information about the University, University leaders, and award winners, as well as the names of the graduates). They will appear in the 2022 program, which can be obtained from the Office of Ceremonies by request.

Once the application for graduation has been completed (students should consult with their departmental adviser) and received by the Office of Graduation and Academic Records (206-543-1803), the student will then be eligible to complete the Commencement Registration/Order Form, which will be available on this website from May 5 to May 16.

Master’s and Doctoral Candidates

Graduates are eligible to participate if they

  • earned their degrees in Summer 2020, Autumn 2020, or Winter 2021,
  • submitted their master’s degree request or scheduled their final exam (doctoral) with the Graduate School for Spring 2021 or
  • have a reasonable expectation of graduating in Summer 2021. (Summer 2021 graduates only: Those who plan on participating in a graduation event should consult with their graduate program advisor (GPA) to make sure their student record in the student database (SDB) accurately reflects the degree they plan to earn.)

Professional Candidates

Candidates for J.D., M.D., D.D.S., and Pharm D. Degrees who earned degrees in Summer 2020, Autumn 2020, Winter 2021 or are candidates for Spring or Summer 2021 are eligible to participate.

Names Listed in Program

The Commencement program lists the names of graduates from Summer 2020 through Spring 2021. Summer 2021 graduates’ names will be listed in the 2022 program. If you have not graduated or submitted your application to graduate, you must do the following by April 16th to be included in the program:

Note: Students will receive information via their UW.edu email with instructions about using a special web form to either

  1. Select a “Commencement Program Name,” if desired, or
  2. Request not to have your name printed in the Commencement Program.

Your record name on file with the University will be used in the program, unless you request not to be listed or provide a “Commencement Program Name” using the web form linked in the email.

Certain restrictions to Commencement Program Names apply:

  • A Commencement Program Name may not be used with an intent to impersonate someone else, to deceive, defraud, or misrepresent.
  • Hate speech and inappropriate or offensive language are forbidden.

Please watch your email for this information, and pay attention to any stated deadlines.