UW News

June 10, 2023

Thousands cheer on UW graduates as more than 7,000 degrees conferred at Husky Stadium

Light rain didn’t dampen spirits for this year’s graduates and their proud friends and family members. More than 7,000 University of Washington graduates of the Class of 2023 participated in Saturday’s 148th Commencement on Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium.

UW officials estimated more than 40,000 spectators filled the stands to cheer on this year’s graduating class.

UW President Ana Mari Cauce presented 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 participated in the ceremonies.

See highlights from Saturday’s ceremony at Husky Stadium in the photo gallery below.

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

  • For work completed at the Seattle campus, about 14,494 degrees were 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 Tacoma, where celebrations took place Friday morning at the Tacoma Dome, students received about 1,778 degrees, including 1,465 bachelor’s degrees, 312 master’s degrees and one doctoral degree. Watch a replay of the UW Tacoma Commencement here
  • At UW Bothell, where ceremonies took place Sunday at T-Mobile Park, about 1,885 degrees were conferred, including 1,679 bachelor’s degrees and 207 master’s degrees. Watch a replay of the UW Bothell Commencement here

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.

Related coverage: KIRO 7 (1) and (2), KING 5, FOX 13, KOMO 4, The Seattle Times, KNKX, KUOW

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Download soundbites and b-roll from Saturday’s graduation