This information is for MPA and Ph.D. students. EMPA students will receive graduation information separately and should contact EMPA staff with questions.

The Evans School Graduation Ceremony will be held at Meany Hall on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. The ceremony will run until about 9:30 p.m. with a reception following immediately in the Meany Hall lobby. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for guests.

Graduates must convene, attired in cap and gown, at 6:45 p.m. in front of Parrington Hall for class photos and line up.

Eligibility

Graduates who earned their degrees in Summer 2016, Autumn 2016, or Winter 2017, and candidates who have a reasonable expectation of graduating in Spring 2017 or Summer 2017 are eligible to participate. You can review your degree requirements in the student handbook and complete a degree planning checklist. If you have any advising questions, please schedule an academic advising appointment or attend walk-in advising hours (Tuesdays 3:00-5:00 p.m. and Thursdays 10:00 a.m.-Noon).

All students who plan to participate in the Evans School Graduation Ceremony must register by May 10, 2017.

Tickets

Tickets will be required for all guests attending the event (children under the age of one do not require tickets). The graduating student does not require a ticket. Due to space limitations, each student who registers to participate in our graduation ceremony will be provided with four tickets. For those seeking more than four tickets, the Evans School Student Organization will contact students regarding a Google sheet for ticket exchanges.

Parking

Please visit the UW Commencement webpage for information regarding parking, including disability parking. 

Action Items

  1. For students completing all degree requirements during Spring Quarter 2017, submit your Master’s Degree Request. Submit your request by May 10, 2017 to ensure your name appears in the Evans School Graduation Ceremony program. Requests submitted by April 14 will also appear in the UW Commencement program.
    Note: All students who are graduating Spring Quarter must submit this request regardless of whether they are participating in the ceremony. Students who will complete their degree requirements in a later quarter should NOT submit a Master's Degree Request during Spring Quarter 2017.
     
  2. Register for the Evans School Graduation Ceremony by May 10, 2017 if you plan to participate. 
     
  3. Order your cap, gown, and hood (Evans School hood color is peacock blue) between May 3 and 21. For ordering instructions and other information, please go to the UW Commencement webpage.
    **You are required to wear the cap (with black tassel), gown, and peacock blue hood in order to participate in the Evans School ceremony. If you are borrowing these items from previous graduates (the Evans Student Organization will contact students about a cap and gown lottery system), please make sure you have a black tassel and peacock blue hood.
     
  4. Pick up your four guest tickets at the Student Services front desk in Parrington 109 beginning in May (specific date TBD). 
     
  5. Students are also welcome (not required) to participate in the UW Commencement Ceremony at Husky Stadium on Saturday, June 10. For more information, please visit the UW Commencement webpage.
     
  6. (Optional) You may order graduation announcements through one of three participating companies. This is handled through the UW Office of Commencement.

Frequently Asked Questions about Graduation

Q: How can I make sure I'm on track to complete all degree requirements?
A: Students can review the MPA degree requirements in the student handbook or on our website, and we recommend completing our MPA Degree Requirements Checklist. If students have any questions, they should schedule an academic advising appointment or attend walk-in advising hours (Tuesdays 3:00-5:00 p.m. and Thursdays 10:00 a.m.-Noon).

Q: When I submitted my Master's Degree Request, the form said I did not fulfill the requirement to "maintain registration as a graduate student through the end of the quarter in which the degree is conferred." What does this mean?
A: The "unfulfilled requirement" is just referring to the requirement that you stay enrolled and complete your current courses. All students see this same statement, so you don't need to worry. 

Q: When will I receive my diploma?
A: Diplomas are mailed to the address you selected in MyUW (local or permanent) two to three months following graduation. The Evans School does not manage diplomas, so please contact Graduation and Academic Records with any questions.

Q: What if I need more than four guest tickets?
A: For those seeking more than four tickets, the Evans School Student Organization will create a Google sheet for ticket exchanges. Due to space limitations, Student Services is unable to give any students more than four tickets.

Q: Who should I contact if my guests need disability accommodations?
A: The Evans School Graduation Ceremony Registration form has a space to request disability accommodations in Meany Hall for your guests. For disability parking, please see the UW Commencement parking website.

Q: What time should I arrive at graduation?
A: You must arrive by 6:45 p.m. in front of Parrington Hall, wearing your cap and gown, for class photos and line up.

Q: When and where can I pick up my tickets?
A: Tickets will be available for pickup at the Parrington 109 front desk beginning in May (specific date TBD) to all students who have completed the Evans School Graduation Ceremony Registration form.

Q: Do I need a ticket?
A: No, graduates do not require a ticket.

Q: Can my guests pick up their tickets at Meany Hall?
A: We strongly recommend that you plan to pick up your tickets in Parrington 109 in advance and give them to your guests. Depending on staffing levels, it is possible there may be a will call system available at Meany Hall.

Q: Where can my guests park?
A: See the Commencement website’s information about parking.

Q: If I’m graduating Spring Quarter but I don’t want to participate in the Graduation Ceremony, what do I need to do?
A: Participating in the ceremony is not required. All students completing their degree requirements during Spring Quarter 2017 must submit their Master’s Degree Request by June 2 at the latest (by May 10 to have your name appear in the Evans School Graduation Ceremony program).

Q: Do I have to wear a cap, gown, and hood to participate in graduation?
A: Yes, all students walking in the graduation ceremony must wear a cap (with black tassel), gown, and hood in the Evans School color of peacock blue. You can order these items through the Commencement website. It is fine to borrow these items from alumni, but please make sure you have a black tassel and peacock blue hood.

Q: If I graduated in a previous quarter, what do I need to do to walk at graduation?
A: To participate in graduation, complete all steps listed above except for submitting a Master’s Degree Request. 

Q: How can I get an official transcript?
A: Instructions and the UW Transcript Request Form are available on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Q: Are tickets required for guests who are children?
A: Tickets are required for children over the age of one per Meany Hall policy. 

Q: I graduated with my Bachelor's from the UW—can I reuse my gown and just order the Master's hood?
A: No. Bachelor's gowns are different than Master's gowns. Learn more here

Q: The Master's Degree Request asks whether I'm in a thesis or non-thesis program. Which should I select?
A: The MPA is a non-thesis program. 

If you have questions about the UW ceremony or about parking and getting your cap and gown, please start with the UW Commencement webpage.

If you have more questions regarding graduation requirements or the Evans School Graduation Ceremony, please feel free to email evansdss@uw.edu.