UW Commencement

Link Light Rail and Metro Transit

Skip the traffic and arrive in style! Link Light Rail is now open at the University Washington and will drop you directly in front of Husky Stadium. To plan your trip via Link Light Rail or Metro visit Trip Planner. Light rail does connect to SeaTac airport. Please note: There will be no checked bag service at the stadium. No backpacks or suitcases are permitted inside the stadium, just small bags and purses, which will be inspected.


On Commencement day police controlled traffic patterns will be in effect. If you have purchased a parking permit, please follow the directions on the back of your permit.


There are many hotels available close to the University of Washington and in the greater Seattle area.

Please be aware that many of the University’s schools, colleges, and departments have their own graduation events. These events generally (but not always) take place on or near the UW campus during the week before commencement. You can obtain information about these events on our School, Dept., Other Events page.

Depending upon what events you are attending on or off campus and any other plans you might have, you may want to book lodging near campus or closer to downtown. The downtown core is approximately 7-10 miles from campus.  The driving time is about 15-20 minutes.

Train Travel

Amtrak Reservations
Avoid the traffic and travel by train. Arrive in downtown Seattle relaxed and ready for the big day. Call Amtrak Reservations

Airport Shuttle

Do you need transportation from the airport? ShuttleExpress provides shuttle service to and from airport. 
425-981-7000. Light rail also runs from the airport to Husky Stadium. However, there are no checked bag services at the stadium and no backpacks or suitcases are permitted inside.