UW News

April 8, 2020

UW announces commencement ceremony via webcast, invites Class of 2020 to return to Husky Stadium next year

UW News

With an in-person commencement ceremony on campus not possible due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the University of Washington’s graduating seniors, graduate and professional students will be honored in two ways, President Ana Mari Cauce announced Wednesday.

“Commencement is one of the most joyous occasions in the life of our University, especially for students and their families,” Cauce wrote to students, faculty and staff across all three campuses. “We all look forward each year to celebrating our graduates’ achievements and the great promise they bring to the world. Despite all our hopes to the contrary, it is now clear that in-person campus ceremonies in June won’t be possible.”

First, graduates can experience a one-of-a-kind, live, worldwide and interactive webcast on June 13, 2020. This dynamic and personalized event will be the first time that graduates of all three of our campuses will have the opportunity to celebrate commencement together.

Recognizing the significance that an in-person ceremony holds for many students, this year’s graduates are also invited to take part in and receive special recognition at the 2021 commencement exercises for all three campuses. Please visit the Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma commencement websites for information specific to each campus.

“To the members of the Class of 2020, the persistence and grace you have demonstrated through these historic circumstances is extraordinary. Your achievements are even more impressive and inspiring in light of the hurdles that the pandemic has put in your way,” Cauce wrote. “It will be our great privilege to celebrate your launch into a global society that has never been in greater need of your talent and dedication. We will do everything in our power to ensure your virtual and in-person commencement exercises are meaningful, joyful experiences, made all the more memorable for you and your friends and family given the historic time your class finds itself in.”

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