English Department Graduation Ceremony

Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 2:00pm, Meany Hall

The English Graduation Ceremony is open to students who graduated in Autumn 2023, Winter 2024, and for those students who have applied formally to graduate in Spring or Summer 2024.  All eligible students will be emailed an invitation to complete a survey regarding their plans for graduation.  The survey invitation will be sent to students' UW email address on Wednesday, April 17th, and students will have until 12pm on Wednesday, May 15th to complete the survey.  For questions about and/or assistance with the survey, please email englgrad@uw.edu.  

Ticket Pick-Up: Graduates must pick up their guest tickets in the hallway outside of the English Department main office (Padelford Hall, South Entrance, A Wing, Room A-101, by the display case) on Wednesday, May 29th, or Thursday, May 30th..  A staff member will be on-hand from 10:00am to 4:00pm on those dates to process your ticket requests.  Please bring identification.  Meany Hall requires tickets of all guests attending the ceremony.  The graduate does not need a ticket.

Will Call Options: If you are unable to pick-up your guest tickets from the English Department Main Office on May 29th or May 30th,  please plan to pick them up between 1:00pm and 1:45pm on June 5th in the lobby at the north entrance to Meany Hall.  Staff members will be on-hand to distribute tickets during that hour.  Please bring identificationTickets are numbered, limited, and cannot be replaced: please treat them like gold!  All guests will be required to present tickets for admission to Meany Theatre.   

Essential Information: Graduates are to report to Meany's Studio Theatre (to the left of the main entrance and down the stairs - watch for the signs) at 1:15pm on Wednesday, June 5th, for final instructions and assembly. 

Disability seating for those guests for whom you have RESERVED special accommodations begins at 1:00pm.  Please be sure to specify accommodation requests for yourself and any of your guest who may need them on the graduation survey.  Accommodations cannot be guaranteed without advanced notice.  

Doors open for general admission at 1:00pm.

The ceremony begins at 2:00pm sharp.

Reception to follow the ceremony in the Meany Hall Lobby.  Coffee, iced tea, and desserts will be served.  All graduates, guests, faculty, and staff MUST EXIT the building by 4pm.  

Personal items (purses, cell phones, backpacks, etc.) cannot be left in the Studio Theatre during the ceremony.  Please have your family or friends hold your personal belongings during the ceremony as there is no secure place to store them.

Balloons, strollers, and car seats may not be brought into the theater. There is space for balloons, strollers, and car seats to be stored in the foyer located in the main entrance (north side) to Meany. Please be aware the storage space is not supervised during the ceremony. 

Cameras are allowed during the ceremony, but no monopods or tripods are permitted. Participation in the ceremony indicates that you have provided consent to be included in this platform.  

PhD Students: Please make sure to confirm with the faculty member(s) who will be hooding you that they plan to attend the ceremony.  Please also remember that PhD students are required to wear commencement attire at the English Department ceremony, as they will be seated on the stage, among their faculty colleagues, after being hooded.  Please be sure to order your PhD commencement apparel (cap, gown, hood) during the registration period at https://www.washington.edu/graduation/cap-gown/ 

Parking: Please be sure to order parking permit(s) for yourself and your guests through the UW Commencement website.  You must go through this website even if you will not be participating in the Saturday ceremony in order to order parking permits.  Order permits for the Meany garage at https://www.washington.edu/graduation/parking-2/.  The section called "Parking for School, College and Departmental Celebrations" contains a link to the registration form for graduates to pre-pay for parking permits at the Central Plaza Garage via the Commencement website.  The registration period will be open from May 1st-May 19th.  Attendees who don't pre-purchase parking will be able to use Pay by Phone for parking. https://transportation.uw.edu/park/visitor/pay-by-phone-parking.  We have found it is very helpful to give attendees the location number for the Central Plaza Garage 123211 and also to suggest that they download the app in advance, since there is no cell service in the garage.

If you have any questions, please contact the English Graduate Advising Office at englgrad@uw.edu

We look forward to seeing you at the Graduation Celebration!

Who's Eligible to Participate in the June Ceremonies?

Anyone who graduated in December 2023, or March 2024, or who has a graduation application on file for June 2024 or August 2024.

Applying to Graduate

All students, whether they are participating in the ceremonies or not, must apply to graduate by the applicable quarterly deadline in order to have their degrees granted officially by the UW. The final deadline for Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters is the third Friday of that quarter. For Summer quarter graduates, students who want to participate in the June ceremonies must apply, with Spring graduates, by the third Friday of Spring quarter. Students should see a Humanities Academic Services adviser to file their graduation applications.

Students who want to use Graduating Senior Priority (GSP) for early registration during their final two quarters must apply much earlier, by the applicable GSP deadlines.

When and Where are the Ceremonies?

English Department Graduation: Wednesday, June 5th, 2024, 2:00pm, Meany Hall. Tickets are required for entrance to Meany Hall. RSVP and order your guest tickets between April 17th and May 15th . We will send you an e-mail with more details at  the beginning of spring quarter.

Graduates must arrive at the Little Studio Theatre at Meany Hall by 1:15 pm. Doors to the main stage open at 1:00pm for guests.

UW Commencement: Saturday, June 8th, 2024, Husky Stadium.

Both ceremonies require R.S.V.P registration. Separate registration is required for each ceremony. If you will be attending the English Department ceremony only, please be aware that you will still need to log into the UW Commencement website to order your cap and gown (optional) and any campus parking permits that you may need for yourself or your guests. The English Department cannot order your apparel or parking permits on your behalf. The Commencement website will be open for registration, and for ordering caps and gowns and parking permits for departmental ceremonies, between May 1st and May 19th, 2024.

Register for the English Department Ceremony

Tickets are required for the English Department ceremony on June 5th, 2024.

Registration will begin on April 17th and closes May 15th. If you have questions, or need to speak with someone, please contact Humanities Academic Services, or the English Graduate Advising Office at englgrad@uw.edu.

You will receive invitations for both ceremonies (from the UW and the English Department) in late April. We will also send out announcements over the englmajors e-mail list.

Frequently Asked Questions

See this page for answers to common questions: Graduation FAQ.

Congratulations to this year's graduates!

Please let us know if you have good news to share! We always enjoy hearing about your admission to graduate programs, new jobs, and other exciting plans and endeavors: HAS and englgrad@uw.edu. Keep in touch with the English Department through our alumni section. We like to hear how you're doing and what you're up to out there in the "real world"!