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MBA Graduation

This page contains information about graduation for the 2021-2022 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 Celebration on June 11th, 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. More information regarding the survey will be sent to students during Spring quarter.

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 and Evening MBA students is scheduled for 6:00 pm on Saturday, June 11, 2022, in the UW Quad*. The ceremony will be streamed, via Foster Live. The live feed will begin 15 minutes prior to the ceremony.

We will be hosting a reception, prior to the ceremony, for students and their guests to enjoy light refreshments. The reception will be from 4:00 – 5:45 pm in Paccar Hall.

2. The UW Graduation Ceremony will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, June 11, 2022. Refer to the UW Commencement website for details on participating in that celebration.

*Please note that the UW Quad is an outdoor venue. Please choose attire appropriate for all weather conditions.

Academic Attire

You will be required to wear academic attire (MBA gown, Master’s hood in UW colors with royal blue for Foster, cap, and a black tassel) during the celebration. You can purchase your attire via the University website.

2022 MBA Graduate Keynote Speaker

Representative Jesse Wineberry

This year’s Full-time and Evening MBA Graduation Speaker is Jesse Wineberry, who served five terms in the Washington State House of Representatives from 1985 to 1995. He made history by being elected while still attending law school. He is a self-described “advocate for the under-represented,” working to provide jobs, job training, workplace childcare, and small-business loans for minorities, and pushing for reduction of youth violence. He was instrumental in the creation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a state holiday and was a regularly featured speaker at Seattle observances honoring the late civil rights leader.

Active members in the Civil Rights Movement, Peter and Mary Wineberry adopted Jesse, who is a Husky Alum of the University of Washington School of Business, Seattle University School of Law, and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Representative Wineberry got his start in politics on the UW-Seattle campus when his fellow students elected him to the ASUW Board of Control and as ASUW Vice President of Finance.

After graduating from the UW, Wineberry worked for nine months at a Wall Street bank and then, at age 24, became the youngest budget controller for ABC Television, overseeing financial and administrative details for programs such as “Good Morning America” and “World News Tonight.” After several years with ABC News, Wineberry returned home to Washington state to study law at Seattle University. In 1984, Wineberry made history as the first law student elected to the Washington State House of Representatives. During Rep. Wineberry’s five terms in Olympia, he embarked upon a “Silver Rights” agenda devoted to equity, entrepreneurship, and economic development. The Speaker of the House named him Chairman of the powerful House Committee on International Trade, Technology and Economic Development. Wineberry successfully passed many landmark pieces of legislation into law which continue today, such as the $100 million Linked-Deposit Loan Fund for Minority and Women Owned Businesses; YouthBuild Apprenticeship Program; the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs; the Employer Supported Child Care Act; and the Dr. Martin Luther King State Holiday we celebrate every year.

After leaving office in 2000, Wineberry founded BroadcastUrban, one of America’s first African American owned streaming media companies. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., BroadcastUrban partnered with Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, CNN, Verizon to stream live and on-demand audio and video events to millions of around the globe.

In 2021, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wineberry co-founded the Washington Equity Now Alliance

(WENA), a non-profit, anti-racist organization dedicated to eliminating systemic inequities in our laws.

WENA launched a year-long statewide education campaign urging Washington Governor Jay Inslee to sign an Executive Order rescinding Directive 98-01 and restoring race and gender conscious affirmative action back to Washington state.

Diplomas

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.