UW Commencement

Candidates who meet the eligibility requirements below may participate in “Commencement 2020 – Celebrating Worldwide, on June 13, 2020.

Bachelor Candidates

Students who earned a degree in Summer 2019, Autumn 2019, or Winter 2020, or have applied to graduate with a departmental advisor for Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 are eligible. (The names of Summer 2020 graduates will not appear in the program. They will appear in the 2021 program, which can be obtained from the Office of Ceremonies by request.) Once the application for graduation has been completed 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, May 4 – May 24.

Master’s and Doctoral Candidates

Graduates are eligible to participate if they

  • earned their degrees in Summer 2019, Autumn 2019, or Winter 2020,
  • submitted their master’s degree request or scheduled their final exam (doctoral) with the Graduate School for Spring 2020, or
  • have a reasonable expectation of graduating in Summer 2020. (Summer 2020 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 2019, Autumn 2019, Winter 2020 or are candidates for Spring or Summer 2020 are eligible to participate.

Names Listed in Program

The Commencement program lists the names of graduates from Summer 2019 through Spring 2020. Summer 2020 graduates’ names will be listed in the following year’s program. If you have not graduated or submitted your application to graduate, you must do the following by April 17th 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 be listed 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.