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 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 Grad Fair will take place April 5, 6 and 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

Step 3: 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 5 – May 16, you will be able to:

  • Secure your entrance code for you and your guests to enter and participate in the live student experience.
  • Order cap and gown, plus souvenir tassels, stoles, etc., whether attending the main ceremony or not.
  • Receive access to our photo submission site for your processional and class photo. (You must indicate you are attending the main ceremony to receive access. Instructions will be emailed to you upon submission.)
  • Join the Alumni Association or donate to Senior Gift.

Things to think about:

  • Do you or your guests have a language preference other than English? Just tell us when completing the form and we’ll do our best to provide translation services.
  • Are there any accessibility needs that would be helpful for you or your guests to participate in the ceremony?

Step 4: Be there when the curtain goes up in honor of the graduating Class of 2021!