You are required to apply for your master's degree via the Graduate School website starting on the first day of the quarter during which you exect to complete your degree. This may or may not be the same quarter that Commencement occurs. You must be registered for a minimum of two credits at UW Tacoma for the quarter in which you apply for your degree.
Graduation occurs when an individual audit of the academic record by the UW Graduate School and the Education Program confirms that all degree requirements have been met. The UW system grants the degree and your name is forwarded for a diploma.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have met all requirements needed to graduate:
Commencement is a university-wide ceremony held at the end of the Spring Quarter for all UW Tacoma graduate and undergraduate students. All students who graduated in the previous Autumn, Winter, and Spring are eligible to participate, as well as those students who are going to finish their degree during the upcoming Summer Quarter.
Commencement is a ceremony held to recognize your educational achievement. Particicpating in Commencement does not mean you have graduated and you do not receive your actual diploma during the ceremony. Diplomas are mailed from the Seattle Campus and take 8 - 12 weeks to arrive.
The Education Program holds a hooding ceremony every spring where a master's hood will be placed over your head by an Education Program faculty member. The hood’s colors indicate a degree in education from the University of Washington. Hooding is a symbolic gesture of honor in recognition of your advanced academic achievement.