UW Department of Communication Graduation 2020

The UW Department of Communication Graduation Celebration will be held on Tuesday, June 09, 2020 in the Alaska Airlines Arena at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion.  The ceremony will run from 1 – 3 PM.

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.

Please join us as the Class of 2020 celebrates this momentous occasion!

Keynote Speaker – TBA!


Graduates who earned their degrees in Autumn 2019, or Winter 2020, and students who have a reasonable expectation of graduating in Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 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 now available at THIS LINK.

UW Commencement
Students are also welcome (not required) to participate in the UW Commencement Ceremony* at Husky Stadium on Saturday, June 13. 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 (on June 13) 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 10 guests, however there are no physical tickets. Please limit your guest count out of respect and consideration for your fellow students. 
Seating is on a first come, first served basis. 

To request disability seating, please contact mqj13@uw.edu.  Please note that disability seating at the Alaska Airlines Arena is limited to those requiring special accommodation and ONE accompanying guest.

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.

Food and Drinks Policy
Guests are permitted to bring factory sealed (non-alcoholic/no glass) beverages, and single servings of food, if they choose. Waste receptacles will be available throughout the building

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 Opening Remarks and Commencement Speaker’s presentation 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 (lower entrance of the Alaska Airlines arena; wayfinding signage and staff will guide students accordingly)
12:00 PM             Seating* opens for guests (*please note that only students, faculty, staff, and GradImages photographers will be permitted on the court-floor. Guests must remain in their seats, or out in the concourse, before and during the ceremony)
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.