UW News

May 29, 2012

137th Commencement for UW's Seattle campus—1:30 p.m. June 9 at CenturyLink Field

News and Information

About 5,000 graduates, a record number, are expected to attend the University of Washington commencement ceremonies in Seattle on June 9. President Michael K. Young will officiate.

The Percussion Ensemble will perform May 29 in Meany Studio Theater.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on UWTV starting at 1:30 p.m. on Comcast channel 27 throughout the Puget Sound region, and also online via simulcast at http://www.uwtv.org/simulcast/. UWTV will also archive highlights of the ceremony, including the keynote address, at uwtv.org. DVDs of the commencement ceremony can be pre-ordered at http://bit.ly/J7bUhK.

Commencement speaker is Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

An audience of about 40,000 family members and guests is expected. Degrees are awarded to those who have completed academic requirements some time during the 2011-2012 academic year. An estimated 12,320 degrees will be awarded – 7,900 bachelor’s degrees, 3,180 master’s degrees, 670 doctorates and 570 professional degrees.

Other recipients of special honors to be acknowledged at the Seattle commencement include: the Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus Award winner, Distinguished Teaching Award winners and the President’s Medal Award winners — presented to two graduating seniors (a four-year student and a transfer student) with the most distinguished academic records.

Members of the board of regents, deans and other representatives of the university’s 16 colleges and schools will participate in the ceremony.

Many of the colleges and schools also have separate graduation programs and investiture ceremonies (http://www.washington.edu/graduation/other-ceremonies).  Complete information is available at http://www.washington.edu/graduation/.

UW Bothell will be celebrating its 21st commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 10, in Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Alaska Airlines Arena. Capt. Wendy Lawrence, a veteran astronaut, will be the speaker.

UW Tacoma will celebrate its 22nd commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, June 8 in the Tacoma Dome. Susan N. Dreyfus, the president and CEO of Families International, will be the speaker.


Note to reporters:

Reporters and photographers should park in the lot at the south end of the stadium, off Royal Brougham Way. Permits are required for this lot and will be emailed to media in advance; please contact Bob Roseth with email addresses and other questions. The parking lot can be accessed from both the west (viaduct side) and east (I-5 side). From the west, take the ramp that leads up from intersection of Occidental and Royal Brougham. Turn left into garage. From the east, follow signs from 4th Avenue S. and Royal Brougham. The signs lead the way up a curling ramp. Turn right into garage.