FAQ Collection: 
FAQ Question: 
What are the days and times of the 2017 graduation events?
FAQ Answer: 

A. There are two graduation events.

Social Work Graduation Celebration
Thursday, June 8, 2017
6:00-8:30 pm
Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion
Reception to follow.
Students arrive by 5:00pm

UW Commencement  
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Husky Stadium 
1:30-4:30 PM  
Graduates will need to arrive at 12:30 PM
http://www.washington.edu/graduation/

FAQ Question: 
When do students and guests need to arrive for the SSW Graduation Celebration?
FAQ Answer: 

We ask that students arrive at 5:00 pm for check-in. Graduating students will be entering from the side where the loading dock is located, adjacent to Husky Stadium. This entrance is located on Snohomish Lane South. We strongly encourage that graduating students do not bring valuables to the ceremony; however, if you choose to do so, please give them to your family and friends. During the ceremony, you will go on the stage to be recognized for your degree and you will likely not return to the same seat.

Please ask your guests to arrive at Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion by 5:30 PM.

 

FAQ Question: 
How do I find out about parking?
FAQ Answer: 

Parking for the SSW Graduation Celebration will be available at the E1 and E12 parking lots. Pre-paid commencement permits for Thursday, June 8, 2017 purchased through the UW Commencement website, valid parking permits, or cash only payments at the rate of $15.00 per vehicle will be accepted. Parking attendants will be available to assist guests with payments. The E-1 Parking lot is approximately a 5-minute walk. If this walk will be difficult for you and/or your guest(s), we encourage guests to be dropped off in front of Husky Stadium (designated area in purple on parking map). Disabled parking is limited and should be purchased through the UW Commencement website (ADA parking is designated areas in blue on map: E17, E97, E12)

SSW Graduation Celebration Parking Map

UW Campus Map

FAQ Question: 
Where can I find driving directions to the Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Ed Pavilion?
FAQ Question: 
If I use SR 520, will I have to pay a toll?
FAQ Answer: 

It depends. The closest freeway exit to SSW Graduation Celebration is the Montlake Exit off of the 520 bridge. If you are traveling from I-5 and head EAST onto the 520 bridge, you can get off at the Montlake Exit without having to pay the fee. (Montlake is the last exit on the bridge before vehicles headed EAST are required to pay the toll.) However, if you are driving WEST across the 520 bridge you will have to pay the toll.

FAQ Question: 
Where can I find information about traveling to Seattle & accommodations?
FAQ Answer: 

Visitor information for the University of Washington and Seattle: http://www.washington.edu/visit/

Lodging information: http://www.visitseattle.org/lodging/

Transportation Services to and from the Sea Tac Airport
http://www.portseattle.org/Sea-Tac/Parking-and-Transportation/Ground-Transportation/Pages/default.aspx

The UW does not officially coordinate any reduced rates for hotel rooms, transportation services, or restaurants for graduating, current, or prospective students and their families. When booking reservations, you can ask if they offer any discounts for UW students and their families.

FAQ Question: 
What about services for students or guests with disabilities?
FAQ Answer: 

When graduating students RSVP for the SSW Graduation Ceremony, they will be prompted to answer whether or not they and/or their guests need disability accommodations or have trouble walking long distances. We will follow up with students and their guests indicating how we will best accommodate their request. If you did not submit this information when you completed the RSVP, please email the Office of Student Services, sswstsrv@uw.edu.

FAQ Question: 
Am I required to wear the official cap and gown?
FAQ Answer: 

At the UW ceremony, yes. For Social Work, no.  But we strongly encourage students to do so: about 90% usually wear the cap and gown, and families who attend the ceremony let us know that they appreciate that our students and faculty wear formal academic apparel. In addition to the cap and gown, Masters and PhD students wear a hood. The PhD graduates will have the hoods placed on their shoulders during ceremony. MSW students should wear their hoods, already attached, into the ceremony. Apparel must be ordered through the UW Commencement website. The Office of Student Services (room 23, across from the computer lab) also has a limited number of recycled caps and gowns available for graduating students who are facing financial constraints.

A video for graduate students that shows how to wear a hood.   
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aH-q99JvjUo

FAQ Question: 
Can students order just a mortarboard, tassel, and/or hood via the online form?
FAQ Answer: 

They definitely can. On the order form, check "no" for ordering a cap and gown. The following page will then ask if they want to buy a mortarboard, tassel, and other various items. They can then check out as normal.

FAQ Question: 
Where can I donate my cap and gown to ensure that future graduating students can make use of my graduation attire?
FAQ Answer: 

We have a drop box available after the ceremony at the SSW Graduation Celebration for interested and willing students to donate their cap and gown for future use. Graduating students can also recycle their cap and gown by dropping it off at the Office of Student Services (SSW, rm 23) after they have completed taking photos and/or the UW Commencement Ceremony.

FAQ Question: 
Are tickets required? How many guests may I invite?
FAQ Answer: 

The SSW Graduation Celebration does not require tickets, but tickets are required for the UW Commencement Ceremony. We do ask students to RSVP for themselves and their guests for purposes of ordering food, parking, disability accommodations, etc by Monday, May 1, 2017 for the SSW Graduation Celebration. At the SSW Graduation Celebration, students are not limited to a fixed number of guests. Please note, that pets are not permitted in the arena except official service animals. These efforts must be coordinated with Student Services beforehand, please email us at sswstsrv@uw.edu.

FAQ Question: 
Can you give us an overview of the SSW Celebration?
FAQ Answer: 

The SSW Celebration will consist of a welcome, award recognitions, followed by the address of the keynote speaker. The second half of the ceremony features the recognition of the graduates, where each graduate will proceed across the stage for congratulations from the dean and faculty presenters. The on-stage recognition of graduates is preceded by brief presentations from each graduating cohort.

The reception will follow the ceremony. This will be a chance to greet families, faculty, and other students. Beverages and refreshments will be provided. All students and their families and guests are encouraged to attend!

FAQ Question: 
Are graduates assigned certain seats?
FAQ Answer: 

No.  At the SSW Graduation Celebration, graduates sit together, grouped by cohort (e.g., EDP, BASW, Day/ADV) near the front of the arena.  Within your cohort, you may sit with anyone you choose.

FAQ Question: 
How do I make sure my name is listed in the UW Commencement Program?
FAQ Answer: 

The UW Commencement program lists the names of graduates from Summer 2016 through Spring 2017.

Note: Spring 2017 bachelor’s degree candidates must have their Application to Graduate submitted and received by the Office of Graduation and Academic Records by the April 14th deadline in order to have their names listed. Master’s and doctoral degree candidates must have their Master’s Degree Request submitted, or Doctoral Final Exam scheduled, by April 14 in order to have their names listed. Summer 2017 graduates’ names will be listed in the following year’s program.

Important note: Students who do not wish to have their names listed in the program must contact the Office of the Registrar (206-543-5378) by April 14, 2017.

However, the SSW Graduation Celebration program will include all the names of graduating students between Fall 2016 – Summer 2017.

FAQ Question: 
How do I get graduation announcements?
FAQ Answer: 

We give all graduating students up to five complimentary announcements with envelopes. These announcements are generic to the School of Social Work and do not list your name. Be watching for an email announcement in the April.   

Three companies (Excition, Jostens, and Signature Announcements) have been licensed to provide announcements for University of Washington graduates. For more information, please visit the UW Commencement website.

FAQ Question: 
How do we order graduation photos?
FAQ Answer: 

Each year we have a contract with Graduation Images, who take the following pictures at the ceremony. We provide the photographers with your email address, and you will receive digital proofs within a week after the ceremony.

FAQ Question: 
How do I find out if I qualify for academic honors (Summa Cum Laude, etc)?
FAQ Answer: 

Academic honors are recognized only for recipients of bachelor’s degrees. For information about GPA and other requirements, refer to the Baccalaureate Website.

FAQ Question: 
When will I receive my actual diploma?
FAQ Answer: 

Official graduation documents are not presented at the SSW Ceremony or UW Commencement because the graduation eligibility of Spring and Summer quarter graduates will not be verified until final grades are posted. When ready (approx. 3 - 4 months later), diplomas will be mailed to the permanent address on file in the Registrar’s Office.

Should there be any changes in your address please update this information on your MyUW, notify the Registrar’s office, or call the address change telephone service at (206) 543-3868.  If you want your name on your diploma to appear different, please submit a Diploma Name Request Form to the Office of Registrar.

If proof of graduation is needed before you receive your diploma in late September, a statement of degree will be issued, on request, by the Transcript Office, approximately three weeks after the end of the quarter. The University does provide an online UW Degree Validation, if needed. Please contact (206) 543-1803 if you need to inquire about your official degree.

Degrees are posted on official transcripts usually within 3 weeks of the end of the quarter in which the student finishes degree requirements. Transcripts verify a degree was earned, not a diploma.

FAQ Question: 
What if I have more questions?
FAQ Answer: 

See the UW Commencement Website for more information: http://www.washington.edu/graduation/
If you have more questions, feel free to check with staff in Student Services,sswstsrv@uw.edu

FAQ Question: 
I've heard there are additional celebrations on campus based on ethnic identity, sexual orientation/gender identity, religious, and other affiliations. Where do I find out about these?
FAQ Answer: 

You can learn about all of the celebrations at: http://www.washington.edu/graduation/school-and-department-ceremonies/

FAQ Question: 
How do I participate in the student presentations part of the SSW Graduation?
FAQ Answer: 

BASW students should contact Linda Ruffer.  Graduating MSW students may contact Bilen Million, bilenm@uw.edu, if they want to be on the committee organizing those cohort presentations. The cohort presentation organizing is happening in Winter Quarter, so join the group working on your specific cohort presentation asap. Graduating PHD students will vote in spring quarter on who among them will give the PHD student address during the celebration.

FAQ Question: 
I've been offered membership in an honor society. Is it a scam or the real thing?
FAQ Answer: 

Look at this website to learn more about which honorary societies are legitimate: https://www.washington.edu/students/ugrad/advising/aif/honorary.html