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June 6, 2023

UW celebrates Class of 2023 as thousands expected to march in events in Husky Stadium, the Tacoma Dome and T-Mobile Park

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The University of Washington will host commencement ceremonies beginning Friday when UW Tacoma celebrates at the Tacoma Dome. On Saturday, Husky Stadium will host more than 7,000 graduates, and on Sunday, UW Bothell will host festivities at T-Mobile Park.University of Washington

UPDATE on June 10: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Secretary Cardona will not be speaking at today’s commencement ceremony.

ORIGINAL POST: Months after the Class of 2023 began their college careers, the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, upending their lives. Now, on the eve of their graduation, they emerge into a world much changed by the global health crisis. 

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona — who will be the featured speaker at the University of Washington’s 148th Commencement ceremony on Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium — said he acknowledged the perseverance of the graduating class, having endured challenges few could have predicted. 

“Their resilience and determination will drive their success wherever they go,” Cardona said. 

More than 7,000 UW graduates of the Class of 2023 plan to participate in the June 10 ceremony and hear Cardona’s address. Officials expect about 40,000 family and friends to cheer the graduates from the Husky Stadium grandstands.

UW Tacoma will hold its commencement June 9, returning to the Tacoma Dome after a three-year absence for what is expected to be the largest single ceremony in UW Tacoma history. UW Bothell’s graduation ceremonies are scheduled for June 11, back at T-Mobile Park in Seattle for the first time in three years.  

UW Tacoma’s commencement ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 9, at the Tacoma Dome. Doors open 60 minutes in advance.

The June 10 Commencement ceremony in Seattle will be streamed online starting at 12:30 p.m. Doors to Husky Stadium open at 12:30 p.m. “Purple Carpet” programming begins at 12:30 p.m., followed by the procession of graduates at 1:30 p.m. and the Commencement ceremony at about 2 p.m. 

UW Bothell will host the 32nd annual Commencement Ceremony at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, June 11, at T-Mobile Park in Seattle. Doors open one hour prior to the ceremony. A Graduate Hooding Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 10, on the UW Bothell sports field. 



UW President Ana Mari Cauce will present nearly 18,158 degrees to the Class of 2023 across all three UW campuses’ ceremonies. Members of the UW Board of Regents, deans and other representatives of the university’s 24 colleges and schools across all three campuses also will participate in the ceremonies. 

The following data, drawn from preliminary information broken down by campus and prepared by the Office of the University Registrar, will be presented at the Board of Regents’ June 8 meeting: 

  • For work completed at the Seattle campus, about 14,494 degrees will be conferred, specifically: 8,483 bachelor’s degrees, 4,593 master’s degrees, 589 professional degrees, 15 Educational Specialist degrees, and 815 doctoral degrees. 
  • At UW Bothell, about 1,885 degrees will be conferred, including 1,679 bachelor’s degrees and 207 master’s degrees. 
  • And at UW Tacoma, students will receive about 1,778 degrees, including 1,465 bachelor’s degrees, 312 master’s degrees and one doctoral degree. 

Degrees are awarded to those who have completed academic requirements during the 2022-2023 academic year. Many colleges and schools also hold separate graduation programs and investiture ceremonies.