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September 23, 2019

Soundbites: UW convocation 2019

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Soundbites and b-roll are available for download here.


Convocation welcomes the entering class and officially marks the beginning of the academic year, with classes starting Sept. 25. More than 6,000 people were expected to attend this year’s event.

The UW held its new student convocation Sept. 22 in the Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

President Ana Mari Cauce, Provost Mark Richards, members of the Board of Regents, deans, vice presidents, vice provosts and student leaders marched in the procession. The convocation ceremony featured music by the University Wind Ensemble.

Following the ceremony, students were invited to Husky Stadium for a high resolution photo and timelapse video where the group forms a large ‘W’ on the field.

Ana Mari Cauce, president, University of Washington
Kelty Pierce, UW student body president

Students arriving at convocation. Procession of faculty in academic regalia. Cut aways of audience. Time lapse of new student ‘W’ photo formation.

Fast facts:

  • Preliminary figures show the incoming freshman class will be about 7,000 students
  • Around 4,450 incoming students are from Washington.
  • An additional 1,500 transfer students are expected to arrive this fall, including 1,300 of whom will be from Washington community colleges.
  • UW Bothell and UW Tacoma also welcome their incoming classes, with 857 and 739 freshmen expected, respectively.

For more information, contact:
Kiyomi Taguchi, video producer: ktaguchi@uw.edu or 206-695-2716
Jackson Holtz, PIO: jjholtz@uw.edu or 206-543-2581