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Welcome to the UW Family

Your role in your student’s life may be shifting, but it’s just as important as ever. We’re here to provide you with the resources you need to help your Husky make the most of their UW experience.

On these pages, you’ll find information on everything from financial aid to campus life to health and safety protocols. You and your Husky are about to embark on a life-changing journey. Welcome to the UW family!

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Commencement 2023

On June 10, 2023, Huskies from around the world will once again take the field at Husky Stadium to celebrate their accomplishments in front of 40,000 proud family members, friends and guests. President Cauce and the leadership of the University will be there to confer degrees as each graduates makes that once-in-a-lifetime walk across the 4,000-square-foot stage, adorned with life-size replicas of the four ionic columns that graced the Territorial University over 160 years ago. To ensure that your Husky is eligible to graduate, they must review the eligibility requirements on the graduation checklist page. Visit the Commencement website for more information about 2023 ceremonies and events.

Graduation Checklist

Spring at UW

Cherry Blossoms 2023

Find out when the UW’s iconic cherry trees hit their peak bloom, plan your visit to campus to see them — and learn more about the picture-perfect blossoms.

Visiting Information: Ride the Link light rail, take the bus or bike to avoid heavy traffic congestion.

Find the Blossoms: The main attraction is on — or near — the Quad in the heart of campus.

Tree Safety: Please do not climb the trees, or shake or break off their branches.

For more information and to track when peak bloom will be, visit the Cherry Blossoms Website.

Cherry Blossoms Website

Admitted Student Day

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Join Your Husky at Admitted Student Day

Saturday, April 15, 2023, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Registration for Admitted Student Day is required. All admitted students received an email with a registration link. Your Husky will need to register using the email they listed on their application for admission and may register up to two guests. We expect to reach capacity; make sure your Husky registers early to ensure their spot. To register, please visit our Admitted Student Day Website.

Admitted Student Day Website

Family Orientation 2023

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Your student will be the one who registers you for Family Orientation, you will gain access to programming throughout the entire academic year and beyond. We host sessions in summer, autumn, winter and spring quarters. Throughout the year we also engage you with additional programs such as webinars, newsletters, and podcasts to help you gain more information and insight about the first-year transition for your Husky. More information can be found on our Family Orientation website.

For frequently asked questions such as “when do I need to arrive on campus before classes start?” visit our FAQ website.

Learn More About Family Orientation


Mar. 29, 2023, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Location: HUB Lyceum or watch via livestream

Rocking the world of physics

Our best theory of how the universe works may be imperfect. In the 2023 University Faculty Lecture, UW Physics Professor David W. Hertzog will explore how scientists are using subatomic particles called muons to do some detective work. A collaborative experiment involving UW researchers showed muons behaving differently than predicted — another clue to help solve the mystery. Come hear the rest of this story.

This talk is intended for a general audience. 

More information can be found on the University Faculty Lecture website.

Support the Husky Experience

Your philanthropic support strengthens every student’s UW experience. The UW Parent & Family Fund makes it possible for us to provide critical programs and resources, like the student emergency fund and 24/7 access to mental health counselors.

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