The NELC Convocation is an intimate event for the department and your family to celebrate your academic achievements and is separate from the larger UW Commencement. Unlike the UW Commencement, the department will highlight each graduate and graduates will have a chance to take pictures with their family as well as NELC students of your class. You may participate in one or both ceremonies. Participation is not required for graduation. Conversely, participation in either of these ceremonies does not guarantee graduation.
Undergraduate and graduate students who completed their degrees in Autumn 2013 or Winter 2014, or who applied to graduate in Spring or Summer 2014, are eligible to participate in the ceremony.
Date and Location
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 9, 2014 at the UW Club.
The attire for the NELC Convocation is business-casual. This is not a cap and gown ceremony.
Each graduate may bring up to three guests to the convocation. Each graduate and their guests need a ticket to enter the ceremony.
Please be aware that the the NELC Convocation is SEPARATE from the University-wide Commencement, however, you still need to use the UW Registration/Order Form to order your parking permits for either or both ceremonies and your cap and gown for the University-wide Commencement. More info can be found here:
Please allow an additional half-hour for parking and walking to the UW Club — the campus can be very congested on the days of Convocation events. The closest parking garage to the UW Club will be at Padelford Hall and parking here will cost $15 (if your visit is less than four hours, be sure to stop at the gatehouse as you exit for a prorated refund).
*Be sure to tell the traffic guide, “I have arranged parking under ‘NELC’,” so that they can direct you to the correct place.
The NELC Convocation is SEPARATE from the University-wide Commencement, however, you still need to use the UW Registration/Order Form to order your parking permits for either or both ceremonies and your cap and gown for the University-wide Commencement.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities. Graduating students or guests may obtain disability parking permits (see "Parking" above) via the Registration Order/form. Students are encouraged to determine their guests' needs before purchasing.
We thank you for your contributions to the Friends of NELC Fund, which makes this convocation possible. (Please see our Partnership page for more information on becoming a NELC partner.)
The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization likes to maintain an active relationship with its alumni.
Sign up for Convocation
Invitations to Convocation will be sent out in mid-April. Please check back here once you have received your invitation for details about how to sign up.
All graduates and their guests must have a ticket to enter Convocation.
Questions about Convocation should be sent to the Graduate Program Advisor at email@example.com.
If you are attending Convocation and your plans for after graduation have changed, please email Undergraduate Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thursday, June 5.
Important Notes for NELC Convocation Attendees
If you sign up for the NELC Convocation, we assume that you plan to attend. If you must cancel, please contact the department office as soon as possible (email@example.com), but no later than 1:00 p.m. the day of NELC Convocation.