The University of Washington Tacoma holds one Commencement ceremony each year, at the end of spring quarter. Students who have graduated the previous autumn or winter quarter, along with students who have applied to graduate in spring or summer quarter, are encouraged to participate.
Please note that this year tickets will be required for all guests attending Commencement. Tickets are free and students can request tickets during the online registration process. For more information please visit the guest ticket page.
Charles “Kelly” Creso, ’91, received the first degree awarded by UW at its Tacoma campus. Prior to enrolling at UW Tacoma, he earned two undergraduate degrees from Oregon State University, owned and operated one of Tacoma’s first video stores and launched a successful career as a real estate investor.
Creso’s experiences at UW Tacoma laid the foundation for many further accomplishments, including as a freelance writer, manager of an art gallery, radio host, and master gardener. His advice: always make room in your life for the things you are passionate about. He lives in Northeast Tacoma with his wife of 28 years, Mary Jo.