UW Department of Communication Graduation 2018

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

The UW Department of Communication Graduation Celebration will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018 in the Quad come rain* or shine.  The ceremony will run from 1 – 3 p.m.

* Please note that in the event of rain, we will have ponchos available for the students, staff, volunteers, and faculty. Family members and friends of those graduating will have to provide their own cover (there will be no tents this year). We also recommend bringing a towel with you, in the event that it rains prior to the ceremony and your seat gets damp.

Please join us as the Class of 2018 celebrates this momentous occasion!

Distinguished Alumni Commencement Speaker: J. Anthony (Tony) Angell || B.A. ‘62

Angell is a prominent and respected artist and environmentalist. His life’s work encourages aesthetic beauty and unflinching natural integrity, be it through artwork, publications, advocacy, or illustration. His work is included in public and private collections throughout the country and western Europe, and is on permanent display at the Foster-White Gallery, one of Seattle’s oldest and finest art galleries.

At age 17, he won a track and field scholarship to the University of Washington and did his undergraduate work in English and Speech Communication and master’s work in Speech Communication. In 1971, he was signed with the first gallery he walked into, Foster-White. His illustrations and essays on Northwest wildlife became a regular feature in Pacific Search of Crows and Ravensarch magazine. After beginning his career in the 1960s as a painter, he began to focus on sculpture, which he produces in his studios in Seattle and Lopez Island. He has written and/or illustrated 15 books. Books showcasing his work include Owls (1974), Ravens, Crows, Magpies and Jays (1978), and Marine Birds and Mammals of Puget Sound (1982) — all published by University of Washington Press. Four of his books, including In The Company of Crows and Ravens, have received the Governor’s Literary Award in nonfiction (now known as the Washington State Book Award).  His latest book, The House of Owls, received the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award in the Environmental Category.

Along with his writing, he has been recognized for his artistic achievements, including the Master Artist Award from the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Angell is an elected Fellow of the National Sculpture Society. He has been Chairman and worked as a board member of Washington’s chapter of The Nature Conservancy an organization he has been actively associated with since 1973. Here too he has received awards for his public service. After 30 years in public education, he retired in 2002 as supervisor of environmental education for the state of Washington, where he coordinated efforts to develop curriculum and teach schoolchildren about the natural world, our place in it, and its importance to our physical, economic and spiritual well-being.



Graduates who earned their degrees in Autumn 2017, or Winter 2018, and students who have a reasonable expectation of graduating in Spring 2018 or Summer 2018 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 UW.edu email.

UW Commencement

Students are also welcome (not required) to participate in the UW Commencement Ceremony* at Husky Stadium on Saturday, June 9. 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 Office of the University Registrar 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. Disability seating accommodations will be provided. Please note that this year, we will have a section of seats available for those with mobility issues and one additional family member. We will not seat all family members together in this section. Please also note that we will release these seats to the general public at 1 pm when the ceremony starts.  

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 dso@u.washington.edu.


Please visit the UW Commencement web page 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 a.m. Students arrive for name cards and procession line up (CMU Building)

12:00 p.m.      Seating opens for guests

1:00 p.m.         Procession begins

3:00 p.m.         Celebration concludes

For additional questions about the UW Department of Communication’s Graduation Celebration, please contact comadmin@uw.edu.