Foster School of Business Graduation Celebrations

Join family, friends, faculty members and classmates at Foster graduation celebrations, where the Foster School will honor undergraduate and graduate degree recipients. Find program-specific details—parking, time, location, what to wear, who will speak, and so forth for each graduation event—below.

Foster celebrations are separate from the University of Washington Commencement Ceremony, which is on June 11, 2016 at Husky Stadium. Revel in the moment and use your degree to make a difference in new business ventures and life.

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Undergraduate Graduation Celebration

Welcome graduates, families, and friends. This site is designed to share important information about the Foster School of Business Undergraduate graduation ceremony, program events, ordering caps and gowns, and more.

The 2017 UW Foster School of Business Undergraduate Graduation Celebration will take place on Sunday, June 4 from 3-5:30 p.m. in Alaska Airlines Arena/Hec Edmundson Pavilion on the UW Seattle campus. The celebration will include a processional of graduates in academic regalia. The celebration is an opportunity for the Foster School to give individual recognition to each of its graduates. Please join us as the Class of 2017 celebrates this momentous occasion.

To participate in the Foster School Graduation Celebration, you must let us know you will be attending. RSVP before May 26. Guests do not need tickets for entrance, and everyone is welcome to attend. Doors open to guests at 2 p.m. Graduates must be in line no later than 2:30 p.m.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206-543-6450/V, 206-543-6452/TTY, 206-685-7264 (FAX), or

Please refer to our FAQ sheet for initial questions. Additional questions about the Foster School’s graduation celebration should be directed to

UW Commencement Exercises

The UW Commencement Exercises will take place on Saturday, June 1, 201 at Husky Stadium. If you have graduated at any time during the academic year (autumn, winter or spring), you may participate in the June commencement ceremony where all degrees will be conferred.
Summer graduates may choose to participate in the June commencement either before or following their August graduation date. If they choose the June before, they must apply to graduate by the third week of spring quarter, but their names will not be listed in the commencement program until the following year.
You must RSVP to participate in the UW Commencement Exercises.

Keynote Speaker

Photo of Chuck Barbo
Charles K. Barbo
Partner, Catalyst Storage Partners

Mr. Barbo has been involved as a principal in the real estate investment industry since 1969, and is currently a Partner in the venture capital firm, Catalyst Storage Partners. Catalyst specializes in investments in the U.S. self storage real estate sector.

Co-founding Shurgard Storage Centers, Inc., in 1972 to provide property management services for self-service storage facilities and other real estate and commercial ventures, Mr. Barbo retired as Shurgard’s Chairman following a merger of the company with Public Storage, Inc. in 2006. Shurgard owned and operated a portfolio of more than 650 properties in the United States and Europe, and was publicly traded as a REIT on the New York Stock Exchange.

Raised in Seattle, Washington, Mr. Barbo attended the University of Washington and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, currently serving as a member of the University of Washington Foundation. He is also a graduate of the Owner/President Management Program of Harvard Business School, an alumnus of the Young Presidents’ Organization, recipient of the Ernst & Young Pacific Northwest Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2001, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Discovery Institute.


Parking for the Foster School of Business Graduation Celebration is available on campus. Students who need to park on campus for a Sunday graduation event will be able to pre-purchase parking passes for Sunday, June 4, using the online registration/order form. This is the same form used to purchase all other graduation items. For guests with special needs, please request a UW disabled parking designation when ordering your parking pass.


$14.00 Pre-Paid
$15.00 Day Of

Ordering Cap & Gown

Graduates must be in line no later than 2:30 p.m. dressed in cap and gown in order to participate in the processional walk. Find information about your cap and gown on the University’s Commencement website.


GradImages Photography will be on hand to take graduates’ photos in three different areas. These photos will be available for purchase a few weeks after the event.

EMBA, GEMBA, and TMMBA Graduation Ceremony

The graduation celebration for Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA, and Technology Management MBA students will be held on Monday, June 5, 2017 at Meany Hall Center for Performing Arts on the UW campus. Please join us as we honor our outstanding graduating students and recognize their accomplishments.

Ceremony Information

Date: Monday, June 5, 2017
Time: Doors open to guests at 5 p.m., Ceremony 6-8 p.m., Reception immediately following the ceremony
Location: Meany Hall for the Performing Arts (Driving directions and campus map).

Graduation Speaker

The graduation speaker for the EMBA, GEMBA, and TMMBA Ceremony is Robbie Bach. Mr. Bach joined Microsoft in 1988 and over the next 22 years worked in various marketing, general management and business leadership roles. He played an important role as a marketing leader in the successful development of the Microsoft Office business, and subsequently led the creation and development of the Xbox business where he served as the Chief Xbox Officer. Bach retired from Microsoft in 2010 as the company’s President of the Entertainment and Devices Division. He was an Arjay Miller Scholar at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he earned his MBA, and a Morehead Scholar at UNC where he earned his degree in economics and was also named an Academic All-American on the Tar Heel’s tennis team.

Guest Entrance and Seating

Tickets are required for all guests (0+) and will be provided to students to distribute. We encourage families to attend and bring their children. However, if you are bringing young children that may need to be taken outside during the ceremony, please sit close to an exit door.


Parking is located in the UW Central Plaza Garage beneath Meany Hall. The entrance is located on 15th Ave NE. NE and NE 41st St. Guest parking permits can be purchased on event day at campus gatehouses ($15 – cash only). Guests should arrive early to ensure parking in the Central Garage (overflow will be directed to other parking lots on campus which are farther away from Meany Hall).


Business casual is encouraged.


An event photographer will be taking photographs of each student receiving their diploma. The photographer will be available during the reception for small group and family photos. Photos will be available two to three weeks after graduation.

Live Streaming

The ceremony will be streamed live for any guests who cannot attend in person. Link: TBA.

Full-Time MBA, Evening MBA, and PhD Graduation Celebration

The Foster School of Business Graduation Celebration for Full-time MBA, Evening MBA, and PhD students, is scheduled for the evening of Saturday, June 10, 2017, in the Meany Hall Center for Performing Arts on the UW campus. (Driving directions and campus map).

  • Graduates must arrive no later than 6 p.m. Please meet in the Meany Studio.
  • Tickets are required for family and guests (see below). Doors open at 6:15 p.m. The Processional of students begins promptly at 6:50 p.m. The ceremony generally runs from 7-9 p.m.
  • Prior to the ceremony there will be a reception for grads and guests in PACCAR hall (see below).
  • The ceremony will be recorded and posted online for those of your friends and family members who cannot attend.

The UW Graduation Ceremony will be held the afternoon of Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Husky Stadium. Refer to the UW Commencement website for details on participating in that celebration.

Academic Attire

You will be required to order and wear academic attire at the ceremony. If you have not already done so, please obtain this either via the University website or from a Foster Alumni. If you elect to obtain your attire through an alum, please notify Jenny Forbes in the MPO.

Graduation Tickets

Each graduating student, who has filled out the Graduating Student Survey is initially allocated 3 tickets to the Foster ceremony for family and guests. The MBA Program Office can only guarantee 3 per student. Please note that students do not need tickets. Once all tickets have been allocated, any additional tickets will be issued to those requesting a 4th ticket using a random lottery. You will be notified if you have received an extra ticket via e-mail.

The MBAA will also set up a google spreadsheet that is not monitored by the MBA Program Office. You may use this spreadsheet, or any method available to you, to trade with a fellow student for additional tickets.

Family Visiting from Outside the US

UW International Student Services has provided these suggestions on inviting family members from outside the United States to celebrate your commencement.

Graduation Speaker

The graduation speaker for the MBA and PhD Ceremony is Ken Denman. More details to come.

Graduation Reception

The MBA Graduation Reception will be held in PACCAR Hall directly prior the the Foster Graduation Ceremony.

  • The reception will be from 4:00-6:00pm.
    • Graduating students must leave the reception no later than 5:45 pm in order to arrive at Meany Hall by 6:00 pm.
    • All guests of students may remain in PACCAR Hall until 6:00 pm in order to arrive at Meany Hall by 6:15 pm.
      • No guests will be allowed into Meany Hall prior to 6:15 pm. Guests are encouraged not to congregate outside of Meany Halls.
  • The Reception will include hosted food service providing hearty appetizers, as well as, hosted bars serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
    • Alcoholic beverages may only be purchased using provided drink tickets. Drink tickets may be acquired via check-in tables located at either entrance.
      • Drink tickets will only be issued to students and guests who are both 21+ and in possession of a current legal ID.
      • No alcoholic drinks will be served to anyone without a drink ticket. No drink tickets will be issued without legal ID.
      • Each student and guest that meets the above criteria will be given a maximum of 2 drink tickets.
      • Non-alcoholic beverages will not require a drink ticket.


Details coming soon.

MPAcc Graduation Celebration

Please check back for details.

MSIS Graduation Convocation

The 2017 Foster School of Business Graduation Convocation for MSIS students is scheduled for Friday, June 2 in the HUB Lyceum Auditorium at 6pm. Reception to follow.

For further information contact:

Jose Vazquez

MSCM Graduation Convocation

The 2017 Foster School of Business Graduation Convocation for Master of Supply Chain Management students is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 6:00-7:00pm, a reception will be held immediately following the convocation.

Ceremony Information

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Time: Doors open to guests at 5:30pm. The ceremony will be held from 6:00-7:00, with a reception immediately following.
Location: The ceremony will be held in Roethke Auditorium (Kane Hall 130), located in Kane Hall. The reception will be held immediately following the ceremony in the lobby of Kane Hall.

Commencement Speaker

To be determined.

Guest Information

If students plan to bring more than 10 guests, please contact the program directly.


Parking is available in the UW Central Plaza Garage. The entrance for the garage is located on 15th AVE NE and NE 41st Street.


We will have an event photographer on the day of the event, and who will take photos before, during and after the event. We will also have the photography position to take photos as the students receive their diplomas. The photographer will also be on hand during the reception to take photos of students and their families. A photo of the graduating class will be scheduled during the evening, with all images being available two to three weeks after graduation.

For further information, contact:
Lindsey Bain-McCorkle