UW Commencement

Step 1: Make sure you are eligible.

See eligibility page for more info. If you haven’t already graduated or applied to graduate, make sure you apply to graduate by April 17.  See your advisor.

Make the April 17 deadline to have your name printed in the Commencement program (the printed booklet that has all the names of the grads)* The program will be viewable in Flipbook format for graduates once they enter the virtual “theatre” on Commencement Day. Making this deadline means:

Note: Students will receive information via their UW.edu email with instructions about using a special web form to either select a “Commencement Program Name,” if desired, or request not to be listed in the Commencement Program. See more on the Eligibility page.

*Summer 2020 graduates’ names will be listed in the 2021 Commencement program.

Step 2: Order Announcements, Class Rings and Diploma Frames

Visit the Grad Shop to browse items you may wish to purchase during the virtual Grad Fair – April 15, 16 & 17 when our vendors will be offering special deals on all graduation items.  During Grad Fair you will also be able to enter our raffle to win great prizes!

Step 3: Prepare to Register/Order

For Commencement 2020 – Celebrating Worldwide

Before you complete the Commencement Registration/Order page, we recommend reviewing the information on our Cap and Gown page. To enter the webcast’s virtual “theater” you and your guests will need an entrance code, which will be sent to you upon completion of the registration/order form. So be thinking about how many of your friends and family members might be tuning in to watch the ceremony with you. It will help us prepare if we have a good idea how many people will be watching online. In the form you’ll be able to order your cap and gown, as well as honor cords, souvenir tassels, and stoles of gratitude (given to those who have helped you along the way). If you would like a cap and gown but have a need for financial assistance, please contact the Office of Ceremonies.

For Commencement 2021 – Return to Husky Stadium (or future 2020 ceremony)

As you may be aware, your UW email expires 1 – 2 months after your graduation. In order to receive information regarding how you can participate in a future Class of 2020 ceremony, including attending the 2021 Commencement, you will need to complete the registration/order form and provide us with an email address at which you can be reached. If you are planning to attend in 2021, it might be wise to order cap and gown now, as prices are subject to change.

Step 4: Complete the Registration/Order Form

The Registration/Order Form will be available May 4 – May 24.  Any items you order will be shipped directly to you at the address you provide. (Contact the Office of Ceremonies if you are experiencing financial hardship and need assistance.)

It can take from 3 to 14 days for you to receive your cap and gown order.

Place your order by May 10 to insure that it arrives in time for you to submit your processional photo!

Upon submission of your form, you’ll receive your entrance code for Commencement 2020, along with your instructions on how to participate in the procession and partake in the interactive features of the event.

Step 5: Be there when the curtain goes up in honor of the graduating Class of 2020!