Save the Date: 2017’s UW Communication Graduation Celebration

Welcome UW Department of Communication graduates, families, and friends!  Here you will find important information about the Department of Communication Graduation Celebration, program, FAQs, ordering caps and gowns, and more.

The UW Department of Communication Graduation Celebration will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017 in the Quad rain or shine.  The ceremony will run from 1 – 3 PM.

Please join us as the Class of 2017 celebrates this momentous occasion!

Bryan Monroe: B.A., 1987

Keynote Speaker

Bryan Monroe is the Verizon Chair and professor at Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication (Klein College). Before joining Temple, he was most recently the Washington editor, Opinion & Commentary at CNN and editor of His work at that network included editorial planning and content strategy across all online platforms for CNN in its Washington, D.C., bureau. He also served as the assistant vice president of news at Knight Ridder Newspapers, where he helped lead journalists at the Biloxi Sun Herald to the 2006 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

Monroe was also vice president and editorial director at EBONY and Jet magazines, where he led coverage of the 2008 presidential election, conducted the first post-election interview with President Barack Obama and did the last interview with pop legend Michael Jackson before his death. Monroe was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and served as a visiting professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.



Graduates who earned their degrees in Autumn 2016, or Winter 2017, and students who have a reasonable expectation of graduating in Spring 2017 or Summer 2017 are eligible to participate. If you have any advising questions, please schedule an academic advising appointment or attend drop-in advising hours.

To participate in the Department of Communication Graduation Celebration, students must let us know they will be attending.  A registration form will be available soon. Keep an eye on your email.

UW Commencement

Students are also welcome (not required) to participate in the UW Commencement Ceremony* at Husky Stadium on Saturday, June 10. For more information, please visit the UW Commencement webpage. Please note that this is separate from your Communication Graduation registration.

Academic Apparel

Students are not required to wear academic regalia – such as a cap and gown – in order to participate in the Department of Communication Graduation Celebration; however most students in the past have.  For students who would like to wear academic regalia, please go to the UW Commencement web page for ordering instructions and other information.

Please note, all Husky Stadium Commencement participants must be attired in the appropriate academic apparel as outlined on the UW Commencement webpage.


Diplomas are mailed to the address that students select in MyUW (local or permanent), two to three months following graduation. The Department of Communication does not manage the mailing of diplomas, so please contact Graduation and Academic Records with any questions.


All students are limited to eight guests, however there are no physical tickets. Please limit your guest count out of respect and consideration for your fellow students. Seating will open at Noon and is on a first come, first served basis. To request disability seating, please contact

To request accommodations for the hearing impaired, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or


Please visit the UW Commencement webpage for information regarding parking, including disability parking.


GradImages Photography will be on hand to take graduates’ photos in various areas. These photos will be available for purchase a few weeks after the event.


Please note that the ceremony will be filmed and can be watched after the celebration. The link will be made available after June 8.

Graduation Celebration Event Schedule

11:45 AM             Students arrive for name cards and procession line up (Communications Building)
12:00 PM             Seating opens for guests
1:00 PM                Procession begins
3:00 PM                Celebration concludes

For additional questions about the UW Department of Communication’s Graduation Celebration, please contact