2017 Commencement ceremony

26th Annual Commencement Ceremoney

Thank you to the students and families who participated in our 26th commencement ceremony.

Commencement 2017 

Congratulations to the Class of 2017! Nearly 1,400 of this year’s 2,000 graduates participated in the 26th Commencement Ceremony on Tuesday, June 13. Check out the full video of our commencement ceremony.

Congratulations again to our newest alumni! Be sure to visit our UW Bothell alumni page and facebook page!

Meet the Medalists | #UWBGRAD17

Students are nominated for the award which recognizes an individual who has been a consistent source of inspiration for faculty and fellow students alike, and has overcome significant obstacles or endured major burdens in order to complete a bachelor’s degree, a graduate or post‐baccalaureate degree, or certificate program.

President's Medalist -
Lingling Yuan

Chancellor's Medalist -
Kyra Laughlin

Chancellor's Medalist -
Erica Qiao

Meet the graduates

We caught up with some graduates and asked them to share a bit about their time here and their post-grad plans.

Members of UW Bothell Class of 2017 share post-grad plans 

Abdikani Ali

Farah Hasan

Evan White


News Release
March 28, 2017
Contact: Lisa Hall 425-352-5461 / lhall7@uw.edu

Leland MelvinBOTHELL, Washington – 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.

He uses his life story to inspire the next generation of explorers to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

“Leland Melvin’s story reflects so much of what makes our own UW Bothell experience and our community unique,” says Chancellor Wolf Yeigh. “His career spans multiple disciplines. He’s an astronaut, athlete, scientist, photographer and musician. His story is one of perseverance and connecting innovation to the community.”

Growing up in Virginia, Melvin set records as a wide receiver at the University of Richmond and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1986. However, a promising career with the Lions was cut short by a hamstring injury, which later prevented him from making the final roster with the Dallas Cowboys.

With degrees in chemistry and materials science, Melvin went to work at NASA’s Langley Research Center. He was selected as an astronaut in 1998. While training, Melvin suffered another medical setback, losing his hearing. After it was partially restored, he made two space shuttle flights in 2008 and 2009 aboard the Atlantis to the International Space Station.

The 53-year-old who lives in Lynchburg, Virginia, is an advocate for education and spaceflight. Melvin tells of persevering over adversity in his book “An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace and Second Chances.”

About UW Bothell: UW Bothell provides access to an exceptional University of Washington education to students in a small campus environment that fosters student achievement. Offering more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, UW Bothell builds regional partnerships, inspires change, creates knowledge, shares discoveries and prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond.