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June 3, 2024

UW celebrates Class of 2024 as thousands march in events in Husky Stadium, the Tacoma Dome and T-Mobile Park

Award-winning author of “The Boys in the Boat,” Daniel James Brown, inspired more than 7,400 University of Washington graduates with the 1936 story of the men’s rowing team winning Olympic Gold. Brown was the featured speaker at the University of Washington’s 149th Commencement ceremony on Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Perseverance, resilience, earnestness, trustworthiness and humility were just as important as muscle and brawn, Brown said, and if any of the nine-man crew were still alive today, they’d tell today’s graduates to aim high.

“Go for the gold, whatever form that might take in your life,” Brown said. “Be audacious in your goals.”

See highlights from Husky Stadium and the Tacoma Dome in the photo gallery below.

More information:

  • UW Tacoma’s commencement ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 7, at the Tacoma Dome and will be streamed live here. Doors open 60 minutes in advance.
  • The June 8 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 33rd annual Commencement Ceremony at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, June 9, at T-Mobile Park in Seattle. Doors open one hour prior to the ceremony. A Graduate Hooding Ceremony will take place Saturday, June 8, on the UW Bothell sports field.

Brown received an honorary degree for his impact on scholarship in the humanities, and the UW also honored Susan Solomon, a professor at MIT, for her pioneering research on ozone depletion and the chemistry of the stratosphere.

More than 7,400 UW graduates of the Class of 2024 participated in the June 8 ceremony. Officials say about 40,000 family and friends were present to cheer the graduates from the Husky Stadium grandstands.

UW Tacoma held its commencement June 7 at Tacoma Dome. UW Bothell’s graduation ceremonies are scheduled for June 9 at T-Mobile Park.

UW President Ana Mari Cauce will present 18,007 degrees to the Class of 2024 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 13 meeting:

  • For work completed at the Seattle campus, about 14,527 degrees will be conferred, specifically: 8,471 bachelor’s degrees, 4,518 master’s degrees, 607 professional degrees, 28 Educational Specialist degrees, and 902 doctoral degrees.
  • At UW Bothell, about 1,762 degrees will be conferred, including 1,564 bachelor’s degrees and 109 master’s degrees.
  • And at UW Tacoma, students will receive about 1,718 degrees, including 1,350 bachelor’s degrees, 350 master’s degrees and 18 doctoral degrees.

Degrees are awarded to those who have completed academic requirements during the 2023-2024 academic year. Many colleges and schools also hold separate graduation programs and investiture ceremonies.

UPDATE June 5, 2024: This story has been updated to correct the total number of degrees that will be conferred.