UW News

June 14, 2019

Video: Largest-ever class graduates from UW

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More than 6,000 graduates attended the University of Washington’s 144th commencement ceremonies on Saturday. UW President Ana Mari Cauce presided as nearly 13,795 degrees were conferred.

Rick Welts, president and chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018, and a UW alumnus, was the featured speaker.

The degrees conferred include 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.

Members of the Board of Regents, deans and other representatives of the university’s 16 colleges and schools participated in the ceremony. Many colleges and schools also have separate graduation programs and investiture ceremonies.

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UW Bothell will celebrate its 28th commencement at 1 p.m. Sunday 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 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. in Environmental Sustainability and B.S. in Electrical Engineering.