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 16.  See your advisor.

Make the April 16 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 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 2021 graduates’ names will be listed in the 2022 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 April (virtual) Grad Fair –  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!  The exact dates of the Fair will be published here soon.

Step 3: Prepare to Register/Order

For Commencement 2021 – 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.

Step 4: Complete the Registration/Order Form

The Registration/Order Form will be available in early May.  Exact dates will be published here soon. 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 so you will want to order early.

Once you submit your form you will be sent additional information on the 2021 Commencement ceremony.

Step 5: Be there when the curtain goes up in honor of the graduating Class of 2021!