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MBA Graduation

This page contains information about graduation for the 2020-2021 academic year. We will be updating this page in the coming weeks as we finalize our plans.

Please refer to the Student Handbook for your degree requirements and general information on applying for graduation.

Graduation Survey

If you are planning on participating in the Foster School of Business virtual celebration on June 12th, then you are required to fill out the Graduation Survey. It must be completed so that we can assess ticket distribution and attendance. If you do not fill out the survey, you will not be allotted any tickets.

Graduation Application

The online graduation application is available on the first day of each quarter. Please apply by the deadline posted on the main page of the application portal for the quarter you wish to graduate. Students must apply for graduation in order to graduate.

  • Students must be enrolled in classes during the quarter they plan to graduate.
  • On the graduate application form, specify “non-thesis” in response to the question about a “thesis” or “non-thesis” program.
  • The online graduation application provides an automatic degree audit of your transcript in regard to the UW Graduate School requirements for graduation.
  • Once you apply for graduation, the MBA Program Office conducts an MBA degree audit, after which you will receive an email that details specific classes and requirements that you must complete in order to graduate with an MBA degree.

Questions about degree requirements? Contact [email protected].

Graduation Ceremonies

You have the opportunity to participate in two events:

  1. The Foster School of Business Celebration for Full-Time MBA (1:00pm) and Evening MBA (5:00pm) students is scheduled for Saturday, June 12, 2021.
  2. The UW Graduation Ceremony will be held virtually on the afternoon of Saturday, June 12, 2021. Refer to the UW Commencement website for details on participating in that celebration.

Academic Attire

You will not be required to wear academic attire during the virtual ceremony, but you are welcome to purchase these materials to commemorate your celebration: MBA gown, Master’s hood in UW colors with royal blue for Foster, cap, and a black tassel. You may either purchase your attire 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 MBA Program Office.

2021 MBA Graduate Keynote Speaker

Brooke Spearmon

Ms. Spearmon is a 2009 graduate of University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business (MBA), and a 2002 graduate from Spelman College. She is Senior Manager at Starbucks, where she leads the brand’s efforts to ensure all career progression practices are consistent, transparent, and equitable across the entire US retail population of more than 100K partners, with the program’s vision rooted in the brand’s commitments around inclusion, equity and diversity.

Prior to joining Starbucks, Ms. Spearmon held leadership roles within various organizations including Hitachi Consulting, Target, and the University of Washington.

Ms. Spearmon is currently the Advisory Board Co-Chair for the Michael G. Foster School of Business’s Consulting and Business Development Center (CBDC), an organization that she has been actively involved with for more than a decade. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Michael G. Foster School of Business.  She is married to Shaun Spearmon, Foster MBA 2011, and together they have three children: Ava (11), Olivia (8), and Vaughn (3).

Brooke is passionate about people, understanding what motivates them, and finding common ground. She is a tireless advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion and views these as foundational elements to her work as a servant leader.


Three or four months after you graduate your diploma will be sent to the permanent address on record in MyUW at the time of graduation. The name on the diploma will appear as it does on the MyUW Web site. To change your address or the spelling/appearance of your name on your diploma, refer to the information on the UW Registrar’s website. Should you need proof of graduation before your diploma is ready, a letter confirming your degree can be provided by the MBA Program Office once grades are posted.

Questions about the graduation ceremonies? Contact the MBA Program Office.