The Department of Communication 2024 Commencement Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at Alaska Airline Arena. Doors open at 12pm and the program will begin at 1pm. There are unlimited seats for guests. 

Graduation is not an automatic process. Please read the details below to ensure a smooth path to graduation, earning your degree, and celebrating the occasion.


Date & Time:

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

1:00pm – 3:00pm


Alaska Airlines Arena

Ticket Information

There are not any caps or limits for students who wish to bring guests to the ceremony. Tickets will not be required for entry. 

Event Comments:

Helpful notes about the Communication Graduation Ceremony:

  • Doors will open at 12pm for guests and the program will begin at 1pm.
  • We will have a DIY photo booth set up after the ceremony near the main entrance of the Arena. We encourage you to take photos with your friends and loved ones to share on social media using the #UWCOMMGRAD24 hashtag. 
  • There will be no concessions available at the ceremony, so please plan to bring your own snacks and beverages if desired. Wearing masks is not required, but is very highly recommended. 
  • No balloons are allowed inside the arena. Should they bring any, guests will need to tie them onto a rack outside of the entrances until the ceremony concludes.

Graduating student information:

  • Registration information will be emailed to you in April. Those who miss the registration deadline may still attend and walk, but will not have their names printed in the program.  
  • Please plan on arriving to the arena between 11:30-12:30. Students will enter through the loading dock on the ground level of the South East side of the arena.
  • Participating students should plan on wearing a cap and gown, otherwise, please come dressed in business attire.
  • GradImages will be onsite taking your cap and gown photos during line up and when you receive your certificate during the ceremony. You will order your photos from them directly.
  • There will not be storage for personal items in the line up area or floor of the arena. Please limit the amount of items you bring or leave them with your loved ones. 
  • There will be a security check as you arrive. 
  • No alcohol will be permitted in the building
  • More information for graduating students can be found here.
  • If any accommodations are needed, please email 
  • Student registration for the ceremony has closed. Those who missed the registration deadline may still attend, walk, and have their names read but will not have their names printed in the program. 

You can visit the UW Commencement website for information regarding both the UW Commencement Ceremony and departmental graduation that occur each June. 

Graduation is not an automatic process. Please read the details below to ensure a smooth path to graduation, earning your degree, and celebrating the occasion. 

You can visit the UW Commencement website for information regarding the Commencement Ceremony that occurs each June. On this site, you will find event information, including guest tickets, eligibility, ordering announcements & photos, purchasing parking permits, etc.

You may complete your degree any quarter of your choice, however, you may “walk” in the June ceremony if you complete your degree in the previous December or March, June or the following August. See this helpful checklist for more information.

Department of Communication students and their families and friends are invited to the Communication Department Graduation Celebration each June. This celebration will include a ceremony, keynote speaker, department awards, presentation of the graduates, and will be followed by a reception. Details about the Department celebration will be shared via email and on the website in March or April.

Registration for both the UW Commencements and the Communication Department Graduation Celebration will begin in April.

A Graduation Application must be verified with an adviser during your Senior Appointment, and is the department’s recommendation to the University for you to earn your degree. Your degree is ultimately granted by the UW Office of Graduation & Academic Records (UW Office of the Registrar). If you will graduate with a double major or a double degree, you must submit a second Graduation Application with your other department(s) as well.

Graduation Applications must be submitted by the 3rd Friday of the quarter you plan to graduate. However, if you want Graduating Senior Priority registration, you must apply earlier (see below).

Once a Graduation Application has been submitted with an COM Adviser during your Senior Appointment, be sure and check your email for a message from the Graduation & Academic Records Office (Office of the University Registrar). Please read this email carefully for important details, and make sure to “Confirm” your Graduation Application.

Not sure if you’ve already applied to graduate? Check DARS to see if there is a “Graduation Date” listed for you (e.g. AUT/2018, WIN/2019, etc.). If the “Graduation Date” says “Not Found”, then you likely have yet to submit a Graduation Application. If you have a graduation date listed, then you have successfully submitted your Graduation Application.

Students who are double majors or pursuing double degrees will need to apply to graduate with BOTH departments they are studying in to graduate with both majors.

Graduating Senior Priority (GSP) allows students to register for classes on the first day of Period I. Students are eligible for a maximum of two quarters of GSP. By submitting your Graduation Application early (2.5 quarters in advance recommended), you can receive up to two quarters of GSP. For instance, if you are planning to graduate in June, you should meet with an adviser in early Autumn Quarter so that you can have GSP for Winter and Spring Quarters.

See the Academic Calendar for dates of registration.

When you have used your GSP for two quarters, and if you are still attending classes, then you will revert to regular senior priority. You can “save” your GSP by simply not using it and registering during regular senior registration. In this regard, GSP does not necessarily need to be used in consecutive quarters.

The UW requires that students complete 45 of their last 60 credits while “in residence” at the UW. Read more about the UW Residence Credit policy.

For additional resources regarding this policy, see here.

The first indication of your earned degree will appear on your transcript. Degrees are posted to your transcript by the UW Office of Graduation & Academic Records, approximately 2-3 weeks after the end of the quarter, upon verification that you have completed all requirements for the UW, College of Arts & Sciences, and Department of Communication.

It takes 3-4 months for diplomas to arrive in the mail. Diplomas are sent by the Office of the University Registrar. Please be sure to check your MyUW address settings to ensure that your diploma will arrive to the correct address.

Prospective employers, graduate programs, and others who require verification that you’ve earned your degree can access this information through a UW Degree Validation website.

Baccalaureate Honors are: Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude. These honors are awarded upon graduation to undergraduates who are earning their first bachelor’s degree with at least 90 credits taken at UW. Of these 90 credits, 60 must be numerically graded (extension credits do not count toward these 60 credits). These honors awards are not directly related to the Departmental or College Honors Programs. They also represent the top 10% of students in each of the UW’s schools and colleges.

Students graduating with Baccalaureate Honors are given a gold honor cord to wear for the UW Commencement Ceremony. For students graduating in the spring, the honors listed in the Commencement Program (and honor cord distribution), are based on the student’s cumulative GPA through the preceding Winter Quarter. Spring Quarter grades are ultimately included in the credit totals and GPA calculations, determining whether the honors are posted to the student’s final record. You can find more information about baccalaureate honors, the Dean’s list, and other honors societies on the UW Baccalaureate Honors site.

Take advantage of the Career & Internship Center! While you are a current student, most of their services are free to students. The Career & Internship Center offers help in job-hunting skills, career planning, and more!

Completing an internship is a good idea for students with limited work experience. The Carlson Center maintains postings of internships and volunteer opportunities.

The Career Center is also a great place to start your exploration for graduate schools and programs.
Regarding Letters of Recommendation and any future references that you may need down the road for jobs and graduate schools:

The UW Department of Communication Alumni Professional Development Board is a vibrant and engaged group of alumni who are dedicated to mentoring students, providing lifelong learning experiences for alumni and friends, and contributing to the community. It is the key to creating enduring relationships between the Department and its alumni. Join us in celebrating the incredible impact of our community!

The UW Alumni Association is a network of over 50,000 alumni Huskies, with chapters and regional groups all over the country and the world! The UWAA offers a complimentary one-year membership to its most-recent alumni, numerous opportunities to network with fellow Huskies, and alumni services such as library access and a UW alumni email account.

International students are highly encouraged to attend a Final Year Workshop at International Student Services, which will provide helpful information and important things to think about for your final year at the UW.

Please see the attached maps/maps (please choose whichever matches best with the way the site will format) for directions and layout of the Alaska Airlines Arena for graduation.

Star Tribune Editor and VP Suki Dardarian. ] Aaron Lavinsky •

Suki Dardarian is a 1980 graduate of the UW, where she double majored in journalism and political science and served as editor of the UW Daily. And last year, Suki was inducted into the Department of Communication Hall of Fame.

Suki has spent her entire career in the news business, first as a reporter who covered everything from the eruption of Mount St. Helens to high-profile court cases to visits of the Queen, the Pope and the Rolling Stones for the Everett Herald and Seattle Times. In her first year as an editor at the News Tribune in Tacoma, she lead a project that was the first and only Pulitzer finalist for the News Tribune.

Suki spent a majority of her career as a senior editor overseeing news coverage at the Seattle Times,  where projects she helped overs earned Pulitzer Prizes in investigative reporting and breaking news.

Suki left the Northwest a decade ago, to become managing editor at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, one of the nation’s largest metro news operations.  For two years she has served as editor in chief and is helping to lead the organization’s transformation. Under her leadership, the paper earned a Pulitzer Prize in breaking news, among other honors, for its coverage of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police.

Suki has been an advocate for open records and courts and government transparency. She served as president of the Associated Press Managing Editors, where she led efforts in diversity and ethics. Today, she serves on the advisory board of the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication at the Penn State College of Communication.

Suki is married to Peter Callaghan, whom she met here at the UW and who has served as a political reporter and columnist at the News Tribune in Minnesota, where he works for MinnPost, the first online news publication in the country.

Suki and Peter have twin daughters, a journalist in Boulder and a physical therapist here in Seattle. They live in downtown Minneapolis, beside the Mississippi River.