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 8, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the UW HUB Ballroom.


Graduating students that wish to participate in the ceremony must RSVP to our Catalyst website between May 1 and May 22 2017. We request that students limit their number of guests to five. Tickets are required for entry into the event. Graduates need to pick up tickets from the advising office in 303 Bagley Hall during the advising office hours (Monday-Friday, 9:00-11:30 am and 1:30-4:00 pm) from June 1-7. A limited number of additional tickets may become available on June 8. Students may make additional ticket requests on the Catalyst RSVP survey.


Questions should be sent to advisers@chem.washington.edu.

Students and guests will need to arrange for their own parking.

For disability accomodations, please contact the UW Disability Services Office (206.543.6452, dso@uw.edu).


This year the Department of Chemistry has decided to have to two "Commencement" speeches given by two graduating students at our celebration. We plan on selecting one biochemistry major and one chemistry major to each give brief (around 5 minutes) commencement speeches. If you are interested in delivering one of the speeches, please send a one-page abstract of what your speech will entail to advisers@chem.washington.edu by Friday, April 21. A committee will review the abstracts and then contact selected students who will be invited to present their speech before the committee. Students will be notified of the committee's decision by mid-May.


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.


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