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June 10, 2019

Golden State Warriors President and COO Rick Welts to speak at UW’s 144th commencement on Saturday

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A scene from the 2018 UW commencement

A scene from the 2018 UW commencementUniversity of Washington

A record 5,900 graduates, along with 50,000-plus family members, friends, faculty and other observers, are expected to attend the 144th University of Washington commencement ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Husky Stadium.


12:30 p.m. Saturday at Husky Stadium — More info


1 p.m. Sunday at T-Mobile Park — More info


10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday at Tacoma Dome — More info

UW President Ana Mari Cauce will preside as nearly 13,795 degrees are conferred, including more than 8,268 bachelor’s degrees, about 4,050 master’s degrees, more than 560 professional degrees, 13 educational specialist degrees and about 898 doctoral degrees.

Rick Welts, president and chief operating officer of the back-to-back NBA champion Golden State Warriors, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018, and a UW alumnus, will be the featured speaker.

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Welts is one of the most-respected business executives in the NBA. At 66, he has over 40 years of experience in the league and owns the rare distinction of being a part of championship teams in the NBA (4), WNBA (2) and NBA G League (1). In his role, Welts oversees all business-related operations for the Warriors, including guiding the development of Chase Center, a $1 billion-plus privately financed sports and entertainment center in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood set to open this September.

The commencement ceremony will be streamed live on UWTV starting at 12:30 p.m.

Degrees are awarded to those who have completed academic requirements during the 2018-2019 academic year.

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 Bothell will celebrate its 28th commencement at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at T-Mobile Park. Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell, ’80 and ’84, will be the keynote speaker. More than 2,200 degrees will be awarded, the largest class ever for UW Bothell.

UW Tacoma will celebrate its 29th commencement with two ceremonies, at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 17, at the Tacoma Dome. More than 1,870 degrees will be awarded. The graduating class this year includes the first cohorts graduating with new degrees offered at UW Tacoma: B.A. Environmental Sustainability and B.S. Electrical Engineering.