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The Countdown to Commencement Begins

In 3 short weeks UW Bothell will be celebrating the 26th annual Commencement Ceremony. Prepare for the big day with instructions for Graduate Students and Undergraduate Students.


Ceremony Keynote Speaker Announced

Leland Melvin was drafted in the National Football League and went on to become an astronaut, but only after overcoming injury with a perseverance he’ll describe as the commencement speaker for the University of Washington Bothell’s 2017 graduating class. Melvin will speak in front of graduates, family and friends at Safeco Field. The ceremony begins at 4 p.m. June 13. Read the full press release.


Ceremony Postcards & Email sent

Students and their families should have received information about the annual commencement ceremony through postcards sent to their permanent addresses and emails sent to their UW and preferred personal email accounts. If you did not receive this information, you can view it here:

Undergraduate Student Email

Undergraduate Student Postcard:

Graduate Student Email

Graduate Student Postcard:


New Venue, Date, and Time

The Office of Commencement has been working alongside a committee of students and staff to identify and secure a new venue that will provide the best commencement experience for graduates and loved ones. After a thorough process that included your valued feedback, we submitted a joint recommendation to the Office of the President and the Board of Regents for approval.

The Office of Commencement is excited to announce the new date, time, and venue for the 2017 Commencement Ceremony:

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Safeco Field


Commencement is Changing

In the last month, we have conducted an extensive analysis of available dates and venues. We gathered input from students through student focus groups and from an online survey sent by ASUWB.  The commencement committee (composed of students and staff) has submitted its recommendations to Chancellor Yeigh. This report is currently being reviewed by the President’s office and the UW Board of Regents. We will notify you by email, update our website and Facebook page as soon as possible so you and your families can make plans accordingly.


Commencement is Under Review

The Office of Commencement is undergoing a thorough review of the annual commencement ceremony. Due to the growth in recent years, we have outgrown the current venue. This is an opportunity to review the ceremony in its entirety – venue, day of the week, program structure, and more.