Congratulations Graduates!

Evans School Convocation 2023

Join the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance in celebrating the graduating Class of 2023 at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7, 2023 (PDT) at Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion!


12:00 p.m.

Graduates Report

Graduates report to the southeast corner of Alaska Airlines Arena at HecEd Pavilion. Doors open for guests.

1:00 p.m.


Processional, opening remarks, convocation speaker, student addresses, presentation of student awards, presentation of graduates, recessional.

2:30 p.m.


Graduates, guests, faculty, and staff are invited to celebration with light refreshments.

Watch the Ceremony

Convocation Speakers

Jodi Welcoming Aug 2022
Dean Jodi Sandfort

Dr. Jodi Sandfort joined the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance as dean in January 2021. Her scholarly work focuses on improving the implementation of social policy, particularly those policies designed to support low-income children and their families.

King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay

Councilmember Zahilay is a social justice advocate King Count councilmember for District 2, which includes the University District, and son of Ethiopian refugees.

Student Speakers

Emily Finchum-Mason
Ph.D. Graduate Speaker

David Flynn
David Flynn
Executive MPA Graduate Speaker

Crystal Song
MPA Graduate Speaker

Ceremony Information


The Evans School Convocation will take place at Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

We recommend that guests park in lot E-18. Guests who need accessible parking should park in lot E-17 or E-19.

Parking permits are required. If you have not already purchased a parking permit, they can be purchased at a gatehouse. Space may be limited.

Public Transportation 

You can plan your trip to Alaska Airlines Arena using public transportation within King, Pierce, or Snohomish counties using Metro’s Trip Planner. The University of Washington Link light rail station is located a few minutes walk from the area.

Accessibility accommodations are available for guests.

All seating is first come, first serve. We recommend arriving when doors open at 12:00 p.m.

Wheelchair and accessible seating is located on the concourse/entrance level. Lookout for the “Accessible Seating” signage. Each wheelchair/ADA seat is paired with a seat for a second guest.

Assistive listening devices will be available for pick-up at the ‘Accessibility Table’ in the main concourse.

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Alcohol (even if it’s a gift), balloons, glitter bombs, and confetti are not allowed in the venue.

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View or download a digital copy of the Convocation Program.

Grad Images will take photographs as each graduate crosses the stage to shake hands with the Dean. Graduate will also be photographed as they approach and/or exit the stage.

After graduation, graduates may order their graduation photographs online through the Grad Images website by entering their name, school, and graduating year or by calling 800-261-2576. 

Our informal reception will take place in arena’s concourse immediately after the ceremony. It will end by 3:30 p.m.

The Evans School follows UW guidance on COVID and other health and safety issues. The University currently recommends wearing a high-quality mask inside UW facilities, but they are not required.

If you’re sick, or develop COVID-19 related symptoms, please stay home.

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