University of Washington Bothell celebrates its 25th anniversary with its largest graduating class to date

June 5, 2015

CONTACT: Lisa Hall, 425-352-5461, lhall7@uw.edu

University of Washington Bothell celebrates its 25th anniversary with its largest graduating class to date


BOTHELL, Wash. - – For the third year in a row, the University of Washington Bothell is set to graduate the largest class in its 25-year history. More than 1,700 students will receive bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificates at UW Bothell’s 24th commencement exercise. The event takes place Sunday June 14, at the Alaska Airlines Arena on the University of Washington campus.

University of Washington Interim President Ana Mari Cauce will be the keynote speaker.

Notable facts about the UW Bothell Class of 2015:

  • Including the graduates from 2015, UW Bothell now has more than 15,000 alumni.
  • UW Bothell’s first formal commencement ceremony in 1992 included 26 graduates.
  • Graduates from the Class of 2015 hail from 17 different nations; they range in age from 18 to 62.
  • Pell recipients – 591 students in the graduating class were recipients of a Pell Grant (35%).
  • First Generation – 549 students in the graduating class are the first in their family to earn a four-year degree (32%).

The university is expected to exceed enrollment of 5,000 students in fall 2015; it is the fastest-growing public university in the state of Washington, with 66 percent enrollment growth since 2010. The university has added 33 new degrees in the last five years alone with four additional degrees launching in fall 2015.

About UW Bothell: With more than 45 undergraduate and graduate degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, UW Bothell emphasizes close student-faculty interaction and critical thinking. UW Bothell builds regional partnerships, inspires change, creates knowledge, shares discoveries and prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond. For more information, visit www.uwb.edu.

Did You Know?

Forty-eight percent of UW Bothell's first year students are the first in their families to attend college.