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University of Washington Students Can Graduate In Person Again

After two years of virtual ceremonies, in-real-life commencement is back and longer than ever before.

By Benjamin Cassidy March 3, 2022

University of Washington commencement at Husky Stadium in 2019.

Way better than an awkward virtual sign-off.

At long last, closure is coming for University of Washington students.

After two years of virtual ceremonies, UW has announced that commencement will return in person this spring. Graduating Huskies and their supporters will pack in at the lakeside football stadium on Saturday, June 11, to watch (and watch, and watch) the class of 2022 complete a pre-pandemic rite of passage: walking across a massive stage and shaking president Ana Mari Cauce's hand. Doors will open at 12:30pm, with the procession beginning an hour later.

But that's not all. Students from the last two graduating classes can return the next day for their own ceremony. Apparently 4,000 of these recent alums who donned their caps and gowns remotely have expressed interest in a celebration that isn't so two-dimensional, not far off from the 6,000 or so students that typically walk each year. Attendance can reach as much as 50,000 for Husky Stadium graduations, so best to book that restaurant res now (and figure out how you're navigating there).

UW's other two campuses will also graduate in person and double up on ceremonies to accommodate all three of the most recent graduating classes. UW-Tacoma will head to the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup on Monday, June 13, and UW-Bothell will descend on Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle on Wednesday, June 15.

As for a couple other notable local schools: Seattle University will hold its festivities at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, and Seattle Pacific University has booked the Tacoma Dome for Sunday, June 12.

Of course, it's a good idea to check with these institutions for updates. As we know all too well by now, public health guidance is bound to change between now and June.

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