UW Department of Communication Graduation 2019

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 13, 2019 in the Quad rain or shine.  The ceremony will run from 1 – 3 PM.

Please join us as the Class of 2019 celebrates this momentous occasion!

Keynote Speaker – Colleen Fukui-Sketchley

Creating fair and equitable environments is a core value for Colleen. This is why she has spent her entire career focused on developing and overseeing the execution of inclusion initiatives, in both the public and private sectors.

As the Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion at F5 Networks—a company that is driven by a relentless pursuit of “amazing” in their quest to ensure that apps are always available and secure, anywhere—Colleen nurtures that same drive to build a culture of belonging.

In her role, she develops and integrates the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) strategy into operational objectives throughout F5’s global business and people processes. She partners across the organization to develop a shared vision, mission, and multi-year strategy to enhance D&I at F5. Colleen also heads the F5 Foundation and leads F5’s Global Giving program to positively impact employees, stakeholders, and communities around the world.

Colleen spent 22 years at Nordstrom in the D&I arena and has a demonstrated commitment to underrepresented communities. She is a member of numerous non-profit boards and organizations including the University of Washington Regent’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board, the Governor’s Taskforce on Disability Employment for the State of Washington, the U.S. Japan Council and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Colleen holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from the University of Washington. She received a certificate in Diversity Management from Cornell University, and is a graduate of the Executive Development Institute.

Graduates who earned their degrees in Autumn 2018, or Winter 2019, and students who have a reasonable expectation of graduating in Spring 2019 or Summer 2019 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.  The registration form is available HERE.

UW Commencement
Students are also welcome (not required) to participate in the UW Commencement Ceremony* at Husky Stadium on Saturday, June 15. 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. The headcount that we create from your registrations is IMPERATIVE to us having enough seating for everyone.

Seating is on a first come, first served basis. To request disability seating, please contact mqj13@uw.edu.  

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 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 13.

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 mqj13@uw.edu.