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The highlight of every academic year is UW ECE’s Graduation ceremony, where we celebrate the years of extraordinarily hard work our students have put in as we look forward to their incredibly bright futures. We invite all family and friends of graduating students to join us for this exciting transitional moment from student to professional engineer!

We understand there are questions regarding commencement ceremony this year. We are carefully considering how we can recognize the achievement of our graduates in a way that is meaningful to them and their families, and also helps ensure their health and safety, as well as that of the wider community amid the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak. No decisions have yet been made. Please visit the UW Commencement website for any additional information and to learn about the novel coronavirus impact on ECE Graduation 2020.

ECE Graduation 2020

Details (tentative; subject to change)

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Ceremony Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Venue: Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion

Graduation 2019

Photos & Video

Graduation 2018

Photos & Video

UW Commencement

Commencement is a separate event from the department’s graduation ceremony.

To get your cap and gown, you must register for UW Commencement. To arrange parking for your family for UW ECE’s Graduation ceremony, you must work with Transportation Services through the Commencement website.

Graduation Checklist

The UW Commencement website has an excellent checklist to use as you prepare for your graduation and a more detailed list for our international students that are graduating.

Attending UW ECE Graduation


Attire — Cap and gown (“regalia”) are strongly recommended; if you choose not to wear regalia, business attire (buttoned shirts, shoes, et cetera) is required.

Checking in — You will check-in at the Hec Ed loading dock starting at 6 p.m.  Once you have checked in, you cannot leave the venue!  Plan accordingly.

Families & Friends

Tickets — Are not required for UW ECE Graduation.

Photographs — Are welcome! We do ask that you remain in your seats and not approach the stage to take pictures, as we will have a professional photographer. The professional pictures will be available on the photographer’s website following the graduation ceremony.


Parking must be arranged via the UW Commencement website.

Other Venue Details

Disability Services — There will be volunteers/staff at the front doors who will provide directions and assist your guests with disability seating. Hec Ed is an arena, so there are plenty of wheelchair accessible seating areas.

Strollers — Guests should ask volunteers/staff for directions to the appropriate seating area.

Balloons — Balloons are not allowed in the venue.