Undergraduate students must apply for graduation with an academic advisor. Once their application has been completed and received by the Registrar’s Office, undergraduate students are then eligible to complete the Commencement registration form. In order to access the online Commencement registration, spring and summer graduation applications must be completed by April 16, 2021.
Graduate students must contact their graduate program advisor by April 16, 2021 to have their name listed in the Commencement program. All graduate students must complete the Commencement registration form so that you can order apparel even if only participating in your department's hooding ceremony.
Does completing my graduation application automatically register me to participate in Commencement (or vice versa)?
No. Applying to graduate and registering to participate in Commencement are two separate steps. You must apply to graduate first and then register for Commencement.
Am I eligible to participate in Commencement?
All undergraduate and graduate students who earned a degree in autumn 2020 or winter 2021, or an undergraduate who has applied to graduate with an academic advisor for spring 2021 or summer 2021 by the deadlines are eligible. Graduate students must contact their graduate program advisor for eligibility. You will then be eligible to register for Commencement when it opens online.
Is there a difference between graduation and Commencement?
Yes. Graduation is the final confirmation that you have completed all degree requirements. Commencement is the ceremony to celebrate your graduation.
When is the Commencement ceremony?
Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 10 a.m.
What size/shape of photo should I submit for my Grad Moment slide?
We recommend using a vertical or portrait photo (taller than wider). This will match the placeholder setup on the Grad Moment slides.
How long does the ceremony last?
The ceremony will last approximately two to three hours.
Is there a fee for Commencement?
Participation in the ceremony is free for all students and guests. Because this year's ceremony is virtual, purchasing a cap and gown is optional. Registration is still required but there are no required purchases to participate this year.
I'm eligible for an honor cord. How can I get one?
You can purchase an honor cord while purchasing other regalia after registering to participate in Commencement.
Diplomas, diploma covers, and programs
Will I receive my diploma at Commencement?
No. Diplomas are mailed approximately 12 - 16 weeks after the end of the quarter in which you graduate.
How do I update my address for my diploma?
Login to MyUW to change your mailing address. Your diploma will be sent to the mailing address we have on file for you at the time you are cleared for graduation.
How will I know if I'm listed in the virtual program?
The Commencement program lists the names of graduates from autumn 2020 through summer 2021. Note: Spring and summer 2021 bachelor's degree candidates must have their application to graduate submitted and received by the April 16, 2021 deadline in order to have their names listed. Master's and doctoral degree candidates must contact their graduate program advisor by April 16, 2021 in order to have their names listed.
Can I change how my name is listed on my diploma or in the program?
Your diploma and the program will both use your full name as listed in your student record. Contact the Registrar's Office no later than May 3 via their name management website if you wish to change this.
Cap and gown
How do I order my cap and gown?
You can order your cap and gown online when you register for Commencement. Registration opens April 26, 2021. Ordering a cap and gown is not required for participation this year.
How do I know what size cap and gown I need?
The caps are "one size fits all." The gowns are sized based on your height and weight.