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The UW College of Education is pleased to announce our

2023 Graduation Celebration 

Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Graduation start time: 7:00pm
Location: University of Washington Hec Edmundson Pavillion


COVID Protocols: We recommend and encourage vaccinations and masking for this event. If you have symptoms, we encourage you to stay home unless you have tested negative.  More Info >> 
Other Questions? Read below or contact the Office of Student Services (206-543-7834 or 

Graduation Livestream

2023 Graduation Program 

Frequently Asked Questions

Degree Completion & Graduation Requirements

How do I apply to graduate?

If you plan to graduate in Spring 2023 and you wish to have your name listed in the 2023 University of Washington Commencement Program, you must complete one of the following steps:

Where can I find additional information about degree completion?

If you are a Spring 2023 graduate, refer to the links below for further information about degree completion steps. 

Please note: If you plan to graduate in Summer 2023, information about degree completion will be sent to you at the beginning of Summer quarter.

Can I meet with someone about degree completion?
  • Undergraduate students should review their Canvas advising page. After reviewing the graduation content, you can schedule an appointment with your adviser for a final review.
  • MIT students will receive an email from our Certification Officer, Michael Nielsen regarding the steps they need to follow in order to graduate. Michael will also drop in on a class during your last quarter to go over these steps and answer questions.
  • We will host information session for doctoral students (Ph.D./Ed.D.) and Master of Education students (M.Ed.) during the month of April.  Please watch for email announcements from the Office of Student Services.

College of Education Event General Information

Where on campus is the Hec Edmundson Pavillion located? Is it indoors?

The Hec Edmundson Pavillion is located in the athletic villiage on the east side of campus. The Hec Edmundson Pavillion is an indoor venue. You can find a map here.

What COVID-19 protocols are in place for this event?
  • We strongly recommend and encourage COVID-19 vaccinations before attending.
  • We strongly recommend and encourage the use of face coverings.
  • Masks will be availabe upon request.
  • We recommend and encourage use of the WA Notify smartphone app.
  • We ask that anyone who exhibits symptoms please stay home unless they have tested negative for COVID-19 within the past 48 hours. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at several stations throughout.
When should I arrive?

The doors open at 6:00pm and the start time for our celebration is 7:00pm.  We ask graduating students and faculty to arrive no later than 6:00pm, and guests to arrive and take their seats by 6:45 pm.  

Where should I park?

Parking for this event will require a permit. 

  • Parking near the Hec Edmundson Pavillion can be purchased the day of the event, or ahead of time. For more information on which lots are nearest to the Hec Edmundson Pavillion, click here.
  • 2022-23 graduates participating in UW Commencement on June 10 can order parking permits when completing the Commencement Registration/Order Form in May. 
How many guests may I bring? Do they need tickets?

We do not require tickets for the College of Education celebration, and there are no restrictions on the number of guests you may bring.  

International students may wish to review the ISS's suggestions on inviting family members to visit the U.S. for the celebration, which can be found at the bottom of their website

Will accommodations be provided for persons with disabilities?

The HecEd Pavillion is accessible and we will have a seating area for persons using wheelchairs or walkers who need special assistance or accommodations. A maximum of two people may accompany the individual needing accommodations into that seating area. 

Please contact the Office of Student Services at if have questions or need assistance.  

Will refreshments be available?

Free coffee and lemonade will be available for guests on the Concourse Level of the HecEd Pavilion, while supplies last.  In addition, one of the facility's Concession Stands will be open for guests to purchase food and beverages.  Available items include popcorn, hot dogs, pretzels, candies, sodas, and bottled water.   

What is the program for the event?

The first 30-40 minutes of the program includes a welcome from the Dean and brief remarks from student speakers. This will be followed by recognition of the graduates.   

Where can I access the graduation photos?

We made arrangements with a photography company, GradImages, to take individual photos of graduates as their names are called. These individual photos will be available for purchase after the ceremony. GradImages will mail and email graduates individual proof galleries. Once proofs are sent out, graduates can search for the photos on to purchase. 

You can also check out photos taken at graduation on the College of Education's social media channels listed at the bottom of this page. These photos are not intended for sale and are shared to celebrate graduation.

Will the event be live-streamed on the internet?

We have made arrangements with a vendor to live-stream the event for students and family members who can't attend in person. You can watch the recording on YouTube

College of Education Event Information for Graduates

Who can walk?

Students who graduated, or are graduating, from Summer 2022 through Summer 2023 are eligible to participate. Students who plan to graduate in Spring 2023 and Summer 2023 and wish to have their name listed in the 2023 College of Education Graduation Program should have submitted their graduation information to the Office of Student Services no later than Sunday, May 21. If you missed this deadline please contact the Office of Student Services.  You will be asked to provide us with your name, your degree, your program of study, your advisor’s name, and the title of your doctoral dissertation (if applicable).

How do I RSVP for the College of Education graduation ceremony?

If you did not complete the online survey prior to May 21, then please contact the Office of Student Services no later than Friday, June 2. 

When should I arrive?

The start time for our celebration is 7:00pm. We ask graduating students and faculty to arrive no later than 6:00pm, and guests to arrive and take their seats by 6:45pm.

What if I arrive late, or need to leave early?

If you arrive late please check in with one of our ceremony staff. Someone will help you get seated and give you instructions.

In the event that you need to depart from the ceremony early, the optimal time to leave is during (or immediately after) the time your degree group is recognized on stage - simply exit the area in a way that doesn't distract others.  If you need to leave at a different time, please move quietly to the nearest aisle and then away from the stage.

What should I wear?

For graduates and faculty, wearing graduation regalia is encouraged, but not required. Plan to arrive at HecEd dressed in your regalia. 

Financial aid may be available for graduates who need assistance in purchasing graduation regalia. Please email the Office of Ceremonies at to inquire. 

Can I wear an honor cord or stoll with my regalia?

Yes, we encourage additional regalia pieces that have special meaning to you and/or your family. 

How do I order my graduation regalia?  Where do I pick it up?

Students graduating in the 2022-23 academic year can order graduation regalia by completing the Registration/Order form at the UW Commencement website.  Regalia can be picked up from the UW Bookstore in late May and early June. 

University of Washington Commencement

Where can I find information about the University’s Commencement Ceremony?

The 2023 University of Washington Commencement Ceremony will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, June 10, at Husky Stadium.  For more information, please visit the Commencement website.

How to Contact Us

Additional Questions or Concerns?

For more information, please contact the Office of Student Services, 206 Miller Hall, at 206-543-7834, or via e-mail at

Thank you to all our graduates and their guests from near and far for celebrating with us!