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MBA Graduation

This page contains information about graduation for the 2023-2024 academic year. We will be updating this page as we approach graduation in 2024.

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

Graduation Survey

To be announced.

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 regarding 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 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 and Evening MBA students is scheduled for 7:00PM on Saturday, June 8th, 2024 in Meany Hall. The ceremony will be streamed via Foster Live. The live feed will begin 15 minutes prior to the ceremony.

Each graduating student will receive four tickets to the ceremony. Additional tickets can be requested closer to the event date, based upon availability. For updates on ticket distribution and other important information, please continue to check the graduation website regularly.

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 – 6:00 PM in Paccar Hall.

  1. The UW Graduation Ceremony will be held on June 8th, 2024. Refer to the UW Commencement website for details on participating in that celebration.

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.

2024 MBA Graduate Keynote Speaker

Joshua Rodriguez

Vice President, Goldman, Sachs & Co. LLC
Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Reserve

Josh is an advisor and co-leads a team out of the Goldman Sachs Seattle office. Josh provides investment expertise to client families, family offices, foundations, and endowments across the United States and Canada. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Josh served our country as a highly decorated reconnaissance officer in the United States Army. He was awarded 3 Bronze Stars for heroic and meritorious achievement leading soldiers in combat and for personal valor while fighting in the mountains of Afghanistan. Josh graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned an MBA from the University of Washington. He continues military service in the Army Reserve as Lieutenant Colonel leading the Seattle Detachment for the 75th Innovation Command.

Josh is very focused on giving back to underserved communities and mentors transitioning service members as well as undergrads through various Goldman Sachs initiatives. He regularly speaks on the topics of Leadership, Ethics, Resilience, and Finance both locally and nationally to colleges and professional athletes. He serves on the boards of Seattle Opera, Seattle Opera Foundation, and the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington personally leading efforts in Diversity and Racial Equity initiatives.


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.