UW News

June 11, 2015

140th commencement for UW’s Seattle campus at Husky Stadium June 13

UW News

A record 5,600-plus graduates, along with more than 40,000 family members, friends, faculty and other observers, are expected to attend the 140th University of Washington commencement ceremonies June 13 at Husky Stadium.

A scene from last year's commencement at the UW.

A scene from last year’s commencement at the UW.U. of Washington

UW interim President Ana Mari Cauce will preside as more than 12,700 degrees are conferred, including more than 7,700 bachelor’s degrees, more than 3,600 master’s degrees, 550 professional degrees, 14 educational specialist degrees and more than 860 doctoral degrees.

The commencement speaker is former Gov. Christine O. Gregoire.

Graduates begin lining up on the Husky Stadium outdoor practice field at 12:30 p.m., and the academic procession begins at 1:30 p.m. The ceremony is scheduled for three hours.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on UWTV starting at 12:30 p.m. on Comcast channel 27 throughout the Puget Sound region, and will be streamed live at http://uwtv.org/live. The ceremonies will also be rebroadcast for several weeks following the event (check the UWTV schedule).

Degrees are awarded to those who have completed academic requirements some time during the 2014-2015 academic year. Special honors to be acknowledged include the Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus, Distinguished Teaching Awards, and President’s Medals 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 colleges and schools also have separate graduation programs and investiture ceremonies.

UW Tacoma will celebrate its 25th commencement at 10 a.m. Friday, June 12, at the Tacoma Dome. The featured speaker will be Charles “Kelly” Creso, ’91, who received the first degree awarded by UW at its Tacoma campus. About 1,600 students will receive degrees.

UW Bothell will celebrate its 24th commencement at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, June 14, at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Alaska Airlines Arena. UW interim President Ana Mari Cauce will be the commencement speaker. About 1,600 students will receive degrees.