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Undergraduate Graduation Information

When should I apply for graduation?

It is recommended that you apply to graduate at least two quarters in advance of your planned graduation date. The University of Washington has a special registration category, Graduating Senior Priority (GSP), which allows seniors whose graduation applications are already on file to register on the first day of the registration period for two quarters. 


The latest that students can apply to graduate for a specific quarter is the third Friday of the quarter in which they plan to graduate.


Department Graduation and Awards Recognition Celebration

The Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry are pleased to announce that our annual Graduation and Awards Recognition Celebration will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018, from 1:00-3:00 pm at Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.


RSVP: Graduating students who wish to participate in the ceremony must RSVP online here by May 28, 2018.


Guests & Tickets: Tickets are not required to attend this event. Any graduating students who would like to participate in the ceremony must RSVP via the above link.


Parking: Students and guests will need to arrange for their own transportation and parking. Please see the UW Transportation Services website for more information.


Disability Accommodations: To request disability accommodation, contact the UW Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.


Student Speakers: Two graduating students will be selected to present "commencement" speeches at our celebration. We plan to select one biochemistry major and one chemistry major to each give a brief (~5 minute) commencement speech. If you are interested in being one of the speakers, please email a one-page abstract of your planned speech to by Friday, April 20, 2018. The abstracts will be reviewed by a committee, and a subgroup of students will be invited to present their speeches to the committee. Students will be notified of the committee's decision by mid-May.


Questions: Please send any questions to


Congratulations Graduates!


University of Washington Commencement Ceremony

The University-wide commencement ceremony is always held in June on the Saturday immediately following the end of Spring Quarter.


The University of Washington's 143rd Annual Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018, from 1:30-4:30 pm at Husky Stadium.


Please see the UW Commencement website for full details about the UW graduation ceremony.


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