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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 for each graduation event below.

Foster celebrations are separate from the University of Washington Commencement Ceremony, which is on June 13, 2020 via live webcast. Revel in the moment and use your degree to make a difference in new business ventures and life.

You did it, Huskies! Now shout it from the rooftops!

This has been a school year like none in living memory. Weeks of fear and uncertainty mounted into months of isolation, swelling into a season of loss and mourning that transcends the impact of pandemic alone. ⁣⁣⁣
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Through it all, the Foster Community has demonstrated a boundless resilience and a mind for innovative adaptability. Through it all, the Foster Community has demonstrated undeniable persistence and buoyant optimism. Through it all, the Foster Community has demonstrated it can be a world of good, and that tomorrow can be better because of the critical work we do today.⁣⁣⁣
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While we cannot be together in-person this year for graduation celebrations, we will be better together, and better tomorrow. Today, bask in your achievements, and tag and view #FosterFutures2020 to share your joy.

Foster undergrads presenting case findings
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Undergraduate Graduation Celebration

Welcome graduates, families, and friends. This site is designed to share important information about the Undergraduate Graduation Celebration for the Foster School of Business.

The 2021 Foster Undergraduate Graduation Celebration will be a live webcast on Sunday, June 6th at 1:00 pm PT. We are also in active discussions about possibilities for ways in which we can safely and appropriately recognize our graduates in person, because we know how meaningful these events are to graduates and their families.

Graduates will receive more information regarding the 2021 Foster Undergraduate Graduation Celebration in Spring Quarter.

How do I participate?
You can choose to participate in just the UW Commencement, just the Foster Undergraduate Graduation Celebration, or both.

Graduates will receive an email regarding how to RSVP for the 2021 Foster Undergraduate Graduation Celebration, as well as how to submit the required materials to participate.

What will it be like?
The 2021 Foster School Undergraduate Graduation Celebration live webcast will be held on Sunday, June 6th at 1:00 pm. Following this live webcast, the full ceremony will be available online for up to a year. As with an in-person Celebration, you’ll hear from Dean Hodge, Associate Dean Sefcik, a student speaker, and your name will be read as you “cross” the virtual stage.

We are in active discussions about possibilities for ways in which we can safely and appropriately recognize our graduates in person, which would be in addition to the live webcast on June 6th. These plans will be solidified in accordance with local public health guidelines.

Can I invite family and friends to join the live webcast?
Absolutely! The live webcast on Sunday, June 6th at 1:00 pm will be accessible to the public. Graduates will receive the URL to access the live webcast closer to the Celebration date, and it will also be posted to this website. Please invite as many people as you would like to join the live webcast.

Celebrate Your Grad & Support Foster Students!
DecorPie UW Bundle of hat, water bottle, and stickers

After an entire year of virtual schooling, Foster students want to put the spark back into graduation. Celebrate your grad by sending them a curated gift bundle to recognize their achievements!

DecorPie is a student-run startup with the mission of bringing graduation from your screen to your heart. Choose a personalized bundle of memorabilia from our shop, designed to make virtual graduation special! Pre-orders begin February 15. Browse the selection at decorpie.co.

What if I graduated in 2020?
If we are able to host an in-person element for the 2021 Foster Undergraduate Graduation Celebration, 2020 graduates are invited to join us. 2020 graduates who were interested in this option previously submitted a non-UW email address to be contacted following their graduation. If you are a 2020 graduate and would like to be included in the 2021 Celebration, please email Andrea Pesola at [email protected].

Next steps

  1. Graduates: Keep an eye on your email for a request to RSVP and submit the required materials.
  2. Bookmark this page and share it with family and friends who want to participate in the 2021 Foster Undergraduate Graduation Celebration.

Please contact Andrea Pesola at [email protected] with any questions.

EMBA, GEMBA, HMBA, and TMMBA Virtual Commencement

Click here to watch the Foster EMBA, GEMBA, HMBA, and TMMBA Virtual Commencement webcast from Monday, June 8th, 2020.

Ceremony Information

To celebrate the accomplishments of the 2020 graduates of EMBA, GEMBA, HMBA, and TMMBA programs, we will be shifting our planned in-person celebration to a live Virtual Commencement on Monday, June 8th at 6:00 pm PDT.

Commencement Speaker

Jeffrey S. Roh, MD, MBA, MS

jeffrey roh Dr. Jeffrey Roh is the Chief Executive Officer & Board Chair of IntuitiveX, a Seattle-based life science incubator and consultancy created to help entrepreneurs and startups transform their ideas from concept to commercialization. He is a board-certified, award-winning specialist in minimally invasive spine surgery and has published numerous research publications over the course of his twenty-year career. Dr. Roh is currently the Director of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle and Chairman of Swedish Hospital’s Integrated Spine Program. He is actively involved in key strategic initiatives centered on excellence in clinical care, optimization of patient satisfaction, and value-based healthcare delivery.

As an internationally recognized, sought after speaker on medical innovation, Dr. Roh holds exclusive memberships to the prestigious Forbes Business Council, as well as the Business Journals Leadership Trust.

Dr. Roh serves on the advisory boards of the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, as well as on the Global Advisory Board for the Sales and Marketing Strategy (SAMS) Institute. He serves as a mentor and advisor for the Jones+Foster Accelerator and UW’s technology transfer office, CoMotion, and as a judge for the annual Dempsey Startup Competition and the Holloman Health Innovation Challenge (HHIC). He has received numerous national Top Doctor awards and volunteers his time on a multitude of medical and institutional healthcare committees.

With his combined medical and business background Dr. Roh is a transformational advocate for greater equity in entrepreneurship opportunities for women & minorities and has dedicated himself to the advancement of underserved communities with access to quality healthcare.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington, his Medical Degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, his orthopedic surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University and his complex and minimally invasive spine surgery fellowship at Weill Cornell Medicine’s world-renowned Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC. Dr. Roh is a proud graduate of the Executive MBA program at the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business and completed a Master of Science in Technology Management program at Columbia University in NYC.

Guest Information

We encourage family and friends to participate in celebrating our students through the virtual event link!

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 13, 2020.

  • The ceremony generally runs from 7-9 p.m.
  • The ceremony will be recorded and posted online for those of your friends and family members who cannot attend.
  • The Keynote Speaker for the MBA & PhD graduation ceremony will be announced during spring quarter 2020.

The UW Graduation Ceremony will be held the afternoon of Saturday, June 13, 2020 via live webcast. 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

The Foster School of Business Graduation Ceremony will require tickets for all guests to attend, including children. MBA Graduates do not require tickets, as they are part of the Ceremony.

More information about the number of tickets provided to each student will be provided closer to the ceremony date.

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 Speaker for the Graduation Ceremony will be announced later this year.

MBA Graduation Reception

More information regarding the MBA Graduation Reception will be forthcoming.

MPAcc Auditing and MST Taxation Graduation Celebration

More information will be forthcoming regarding the 2020 Foster School of Business Graduation Celebration for Master of Professional Accounting MPAcc and Master of Science MST students.

For further information, contact:
Adam Shinn, [email protected], 206-616-4964

MSIS Graduation Celebration

To honor the achievements of the MSIS Class of 2020, the program will be holding an End of Year Celebration & Toast. This will be held virtually on Wednesday, June 3rd at 6 PM for MSIS students, faculty & staff.

Information regarding the 2020 UW Commencement: Celebrating Worldwide and the 2021 in-person Commencement Ceremony at Husky Stadium for all students, family, and friends can be found here.

For further information, contact the MSIS Program:
206-685-4461
[email protected]

MSCM and MSBA Graduation Convocation

Ceremony Information

To celebrate the accomplishments of the 2020 graduates of the MSCM and MSBA programs, we will be shifting our planned in-person celebration to two separate virtual celebrations. Please see below for details:

Virtual Celebrations, by program:
MSBA Class of 2020 Program Celebration – Wednesday, June 10, 5 – 6 pm
MSCM Class of 2020 Program Celebration – Wednesday, June 10, 6:30 – 7:30pm

The UW Commencement Exercises will take place on Saturday, June 13, 2020 via live webcast. Refer to the UW Commencement website for details on participating in the celebration.

Commencement Speaker

To be determined

Guest Information

We encourage family and friends to participate in celebrating our students through the virtual event! The program staff will provide students with a Zoom Registration Link, along with a invitation template in the coming weeks. If you have specific questions, please reach out to your student, or the program directly.

For further information, contact:
[email protected]
[email protected]

MS in Entrepreneurship Graduation Celebration

Celebration Information

The 2020 Foster School of Business Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Graduation Celebration will be held as a live virtual event on Tuesday, June 9 at 3:00 pm PDT. The URL to join the live event will be emailed to graduates.

While we know nothing can fully replace the joy we feel when we are able to celebrate your accomplishments in-person, we are excited that we still get to celebrate you together via a virtual celebration.

More details to be posted soon.

For further information, contact the MS ENTRE Program:
206-543-8466
[email protected]