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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 12, 2021 via live webcast. 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 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. Graduates also have the opportunity to sign up for a portrait session with GradImages on campus.

For details regarding the virtual Celebration and in-person portrait sessions, please go to the 2021 Foster Undergraduate Graduation Celebration website.

On the 2021 Foster Undergraduate Graduation Celebration website you will find:

  • More information regarding the live webcast and how to access it on Sunday, June 6th
  • A sign up form for portrait sessions with GradImages
  • Digital downloads and social media filters
  • so much more!

Graduating students have received a request to RSVP to the 2021 Graduation Celebration via email. Please note that you must submit your RSVP by April 30th in order for your graduate slide to be included in the virtual Celebration. If you cannot find the RSVP form in your email, please access it via the 2021 Foster Undergraduate Graduation Celebration website.

2021 Undergraduate Graduation Celebration Keynote Speaker
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.

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.

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.

EMBA, GEMBA, HMBA, and TMMBA Virtual Commencement

Ceremony Information

The 2021 Foster School of Business Graduation Virtual Commencement for EMBA, GEMBA, HMBA and TMMBA students is scheduled for the evening on Monday, June 7th, 2021 at 6:00pm PT. Click here to watch the webcast!

What to expect:

A night of celebration with live remarks from Dean Hodge, live faculty and emcee Associate Dean Turner, Keynote Speaker, Valedictorian speeches (pre-recorded), student-made videos, and graduates’ names will be read as they “cross” the virtual stage.

Can I invite family and friends to join the live webcast?

Absolutely! The live webcast on Monday, June 7th at 6:00 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.

2021 Keynote Speaker:

The Ceremony Keynote Speaker will be announced during spring quarter 2021.

The University of Washington’s 146th Annual Commencement
This event will be held on Saturday, June 12th, 2021. Refer to the UW Commencement website for details on participating in campus-wide celebration.

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 2021, the program will be holding an End of Year Celebration & Toast. This will be held virtually on Friday, June 4th at 6 PM PDT.

Information regarding the 2021 UW Commencement:
Celebrating Worldwide for all students, family, and friends can be found here.

For further information, contact the MSIS Program:
[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:
[email protected]