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A Thank You from Vice President Rickey Hall

“It was wonderful to be in community with so many, and to see in real-time the number of people who made a choice to support OMA&D and our Educational Opportunity Program students through giving. As I said last night, your presence was a welcome reminder that we are not alone in our work.” – VP Hall

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Coming soon:

  • Photos from the event
  • Video of the event
  • Digital version of event program


As the UW’s signature event to support diversity, equity and inclusion, Celebration showcases inspiring community leadership, academic excellence and our remarkable students. Here we create connections within our community of corporate partners, individuals, philanthropists, sovereign nations and with our students. By celebrating the Odegaard Award and OMA&D Spark Award recipients, we honor inspirational community members who are examples to us all.


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Charles E. Odegaard Award


The Odegaard Award honors a member of our community whose leadership sustains the former UW President’s distinguished work on behalf of diversity at the UW.

2024 recipient Leonard Forsman

Spark Award


The Spark Award recognizes the accomplishments of a recent UW graduate, who made significant DEI contributions during their time as a student and continues to do so post-graduation.

2024 recipient Mariama Suwaneh

EOP Scholarships

EOP scholarship awards are presented to students who have made impressive contributions to our campus and community, while achieving academic excellence.

Meet the 2024 recipients

Become a Celebration Partner!

Partner benefits include complimentary tables or seats, inclusion in Celebration materials, recognition at Celebration, and more!

2024 Partnership Opportunities!

Celebration features the outstanding achievements, inspiring stories and academic success of our students.

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Donate to EOP Scholarships

All funds raised at Celebration benefit OMA&D’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) for American Indian/Alaska Native, economically disadvantaged, first-generation, and underrepresented minority students, and students formerly in foster care.

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Check Out Last Year’s 2023 Annual Celebration Gala Photos and Video