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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—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 13, 2020 at Husky Stadium. Revel in the moment and use your degree to make a difference in new business ventures and life.

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 2020 UW Foster School of Business Undergraduate Graduation Celebration will take place on Sunday, June 7 from 1:00 – 3:00 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 2020 celebrates this momentous occasion.

To participate in the Foster School Graduation Celebration, you must let us know you will be attending. RSVP before May 29.
Guests do not need tickets for entrance, and everyone is welcome to attend. Doors open to guests at 12 p.m. Graduates must be in line no later than 12:30 p.m.

Please review the list of items allowed at Husky Stadium on this page. These are the same items that are allowed inside the Alaska Airlines Arena/Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

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 [email protected].

Please refer to our FAQ sheet for initial questions, as well as this quick video that shows where to go the morning of graduation. Additional questions about the Foster School’s graduation celebration should be directed to [email protected].

UW Commencement Exercises

The UW Commencement Exercises will take place on Saturday, June 13, 2020 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. www.uw.edu/graduation/

Keynote Speaker

Joanne Harrell

Joanne Harrell Joanne Harrell is the Senior Director for U.S. Citizenship and Market Development at Microsoft, where she has worked since 2001 leading teams in the Global Sales, Marketing and Services disciplines focused on Enterprise, Public Sector and Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) customers and partners.

Ms. Harrell’s pre-Microsoft work history is extensive and encompasses executive roles within the high-tech, telecommunications and non-profit sectors. Joanne is a former Conference Board/Brookings Institution Congressional Fellow and has completed Marketing Management programs at Columbia University and Stanford University. She has also completed the Stanford Advanced Management College and a non-profit management program at The Harvard Business School. Her B.A. and M.B.A. are from the University of Washington. In 2014, she completed the Corporate Citizenship Leadership Academy at the Boston College Carroll School of Management, where she now serves on the Academy’s Advisory Board.

A Regent for the University of Washington since 2009, Joanne served as Board Chair in 2012-2013, and currently chairs the Board of Regents Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee. Ms. Harrell also serves on the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program Leadership Council.

Student Speaker Nomination

Who do you want to hear speak at the 2020 Foster Undergraduate Graduation Celebration? Nominate the student who you think would be a good representative of the class of 2020 by Friday, April 17! RSVP and nominate your choice for student speaker here.

Parking

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 7 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.

Prices

$14.00 Pre-Paid
$15.00 Day Of

Ordering Cap & Gown

Graduates must be in line no later than 12:30 p.m. dressed in cap and gown in order to participate in the processional walk. Please note that gowns, bags, etc. will be searched at the door. Find information about your cap and gown on the University’s Commencement website.

Photography

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, HMBA, and TMMBA Graduation Ceremony

The graduation celebration for Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA, Hybrid MBA and Technology Management MBA students will be held on Monday, June 8, 2020 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 8, 2020
Time: Doors open to guests at 4 p.m., Ceremony 5-7 p.m., Reception immediately following the ceremony
Location: Meany Hall for the Performing Arts (Driving directions and campus map).

Keynote 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 Entrance and Seating

Tickets are required for all guests (ages 1+) of students and will be provided to students to distribute. We encourage families to attend and bring your children. However, if you are bringing young children that may need to be taken outside during the ceremony, please sit close to an exit.

Parking

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 ($17 – 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).

Attire

Business casual is encouraged.

Photography

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 (and also recorded) for any guests who cannot attend in person. The link will be provided here once it becomes available

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, 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.
  • 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 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

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

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.

MPAcc Auditing and MST Taxation Graduation Celebration

The 2018 Foster School of Business Graduation Celebration for Master of Professional Accounting MPAcc and Master of Science MST students is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, 2018 from 5:00-6:00pm, with a reception to be held immediately following the celebration.

Ceremony Information

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Time: Doors open to guests at 4:30pm. The ceremony will be held from 5:00-6:00, with a reception immediately following.
Location: Second floor of the Husky Student Union building (HUB) , both north and south ballrooms, with the reception.

Commencement Speaker

Carol K Nelson, KeyBank

Guest Information

No tickets will be required; there will be plenty of seating.

Parking

Graduates should purchase parking passes when they sign up for their cap and gown. Parking can also be purchased at the parking gates. Please notify the gate if your vehicle requires disabled parking.

Photography

GradImages will have a photographer on site for pictures before and during the event. Photographs will be available for purchase 2 -3 weeks after the event.

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

MSIS Graduation Convocation

The 2020 Foster School of Business Graduation Convocation for Master of Science in Information System students is scheduled for Friday, June 5, 2020 at 6:00pm.

Ceremony Information

Date: Friday, June 5, 2020
Time: Doors open to guests at 5:30pm. The ceremony will begin at 6:00pm.
Location: The ceremony will be held at the Husky Union Building (HUB) Ballrooms.

Commencement Speaker

To be determined.

Guest Information

All guests will require tickets. The department will provide ticketing information to students directly.

Parking

The HUB is located on central campus. For more detailed directions and information on parking, please visit the HUB’s website.

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

MSCM and MSBA Graduation Convocation

The 2020 Foster School of Business Graduation Convocation for Master of Supply Chain Management and Master of Science in Business Analytics students is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, 2020 from 6:00-8:00pm, with a reception immediately following the convocation.

Ceremony Information

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Time: Doors open to guests with tickets at 5:30pm. The ceremony will be held from 6:00-7:30, with a reception immediately following.
Location: The ceremony will be held at the Husky Union Building (HUB) Lyceum. Reception information will be updated at a later date.

Commencement Speaker

To be determined

Guest Information

Due to space constraints, all guests will require tickets. Students-please contact the program directly for ticketing information.

Directions and Parking

The HUB is located on central campus. For more detailed directions, and information on parking, please visit the HUB’s website.

Photography

We will have a professional event photographer available on the day of the Graduation Convocation. Photos will be taken before, during and after the event. We will also have a photographer to take photos as the graduates 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:
[email protected]
[email protected]

MS ENTRE Graduation Convocation

The 2020 Foster School of Business Graduation Convocation for Master of Science in Entrepreneurship students is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 5:00pm.

Ceremony Information

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Time: Doors open to guests at 4:15pm. The ceremony will begin at 5:00pm.
Location: The ceremony will be held at the Foster School of Business Dempsey Hall 3rd floor – Anthony’s Forum

Commencement Speaker

To be determined.

Guest Information

Guests do not require tickets.

Parking

Most visitors will need to stop at a gatehouse to purchase a permit before parking. Several of our most popular parking lots are self-serve, allowing you to skip the gatehouse and pay on the spot. Please visit Visitor Parking for more information.

Photography

We will have professional event photographers on the day of the Graduation Convocation who will take photos before, during, and after the event. The photographer will also take photos as the students receive their diplomas.

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