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 15.  See your advisor.

Make the April 15 deadline to have your name printed in the Commencement program (the printed booklet that presents the order of events and information about the University, University leaders, and award winners, as well as the names of the graduates)* The program will be viewable in Flipbook format for graduates 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 have your name printed in the Commencement Program. See more on the Eligibility page.

*Summer 2022 graduates’ names will be listed in the 2023 Commencement program.

Step 2: Order Announcements, Class Rings and Diploma Frames

Visit the Grad Shop to browse items you may wish to purchase.  You can purchase online or, to get a closer look, come to Grad Fair, where our vendors will be offering special deals on all graduation items, including announcements, frames and rings.

Step 3: Come to Grad Fair

The Grad Fair will take place on April 6 and 7, from 10:00 am – 5:00 p.m., at the University Book Store (4326 University Way NE).

At the Fair, you’ll see announcements, frames, rings and souvenir items for purchase.  Photographers will be there to take your graduation portrait (in the appropriate cap & gown for your degree provided by the Office of Ceremonies). You’ll be sent a link to the photos, but there is no obligation to purchase.

Dubs will be there for photos on April 7, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Stay tuned for more info.

Step 4: Prepare to Register and Order

When you fill out the Registration/Order form you will be asked about family and friends who will be attending the ceremony in Husky Stadium, as well as those who might be viewing the live broadcast of the ceremony from across the U.S. or around the world.  Take a moment to think about what they will need.

How many guests will be attending?  Might your guests have difficulty walking long distances or climbing stairs?  Will they be using a wheelchair?  You will be able to request special mobility impaired and wheelchair seating for guests.  Assistive listening devices will also be available and there will be a special American Sign Language section.

You will also be asked about translation services that will be offered in multiple languages, for both those attending the Husky Stadium ceremony in person and those watching online.  Think about which of your guests might like translation services.

Step 5: Complete the Registration/Order Form

Commencement is your big day and we want to ensure you have everything in order to celebrate with your friends and family.

By completing the Registration/Order Form (May 4 – 22), you will be able to:

  • Receive your personal student ticket and order tickets for your guests.
  • Order cap and gown, plus souvenir tassels, stoles, etc., whether attending the main ceremony or not.
  • Join the Alumni Association or donate to Senior Gift.

Be prepared to pay online with Visa, MasterCard, or debit card. You will pick up the items you order at the University Book Store, May 31 – June 4, during regular store hours at the University Book Store.  You will select your date when ordering online.

Step 6: Come to Husky Stadium, Saturday, June 11!

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Start your day early, as traffic to Husky Stadium will be heavy. We recommend looking into link light rail for a less stressful trip.  Graduation is one event where it’s not fashionable to be late!