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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! Orders close on Sunday, May 23 and prices are being lowered as we near graduation! Browse the selection at decorpie.co.

EMBA, GEMBA, HMBA, and TMMBA Virtual Commencement

Ceremony Information

Click here to watch the EMBA, GEMBA, HMBA and TMMBA Virtual Commencement

EMBA, HMBA, GEMBA, and TMMBA Graduation Program 2021

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:

Betti Fujikado, UW ’77, could be considered a serial co-founder, starting with the 23-year-old Seattle advertising agency Copacino Fujikado, partnering with Jim Copacino. CF has served clients such as the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Premera Blue Cross, Symetra, Seattle Aquarium, REI, and Chateau Ste. Michelle. She is currently co-founder of Success Cohorts with Carla Corkern, a coaching and community building company serving traditionally underrepresented groups, providing a place of belonging and support for professionals in the first few years of their careers. Its first program serves first-generation college graduates, partnering with College Success Foundation, a 21-year-old national nonprofit helping underserved, low-income students achieve their dream of a college education. In September 2021, Success Cohorts/Parents will launch with Goodwin Connections, a nonprofit founded as the Milk Fund in 1907 connecting families to educational opportunities that build financial stability and create generational change.

Betti has also conceived and partnered on social impact projects in the past two years since moving from CEO to co-founder at Copacino Fujikado. The first involved partnering with Mimi Gan gathering the support of the six Seattle professional sports teams in a grassroots outreach to communities of color called Seattle Unite’s Democracy Cup. The Democracy Cup encouraged completion of the 2020 Census and voting by communities of color who typically respond in lower numbers. Her most recent collaboration with four other AAPI womxn, Our Stories Are Your Stories in May 2021, is a celebration of AAPI Heritage Month. Its purpose is to encourage dialogue instead of divisiveness, humanity instead of animosity, with personal stories by AAPI notables such as Dr. Vin Gupta, Lana Condor, Yuji Okumoto, and Doug Baldwin, among others. DIY videos by the AAPI community are also encouraged through social media and all videos can be accessioned in the Wing Luke Museum’s oral history archives as a first-person account of this moment in time for all AAPIs.

Betti has been a Trustee at Western Washington Univesrity, a Puget Sound Business Journal Woman of Influence, one of “50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business” recognized by the Asian American Business Development Center, and a winner of Seattle’s American Advertising Foundation Silver Award, its highest honor. As the daughter of Japanese parents incarcerated during World War II, Betti uses her voice to promote diversity in the Seattle business community.

She is a proud graduate of the University of Washington in 1977 and has been a Foster School of Business MBA mentor for the past 7 years.

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 and Evening MBA Graduation Celebration

The Foster School of Business Graduation Celebrations for Full-time MBA, And Evening MBA programs will take place virtually on Saturday, June 12, 2021.

The Full-time MBA webcast will begin at 1:00pm.

Evening MBA webcast will begin at 5:00pm.

Graduates, friends, and families are invited to watch the live webcasts for their program. Viewing links will be sent to the students. More information can be found on the MBA Graduation website pages for each program.

Full-time MBA Graduation Website
Evening MBA Graduation Website

The UW Graduation Ceremony will be held the afternoon of Saturday, June 12, 2021 via live webcast. Refer to the UW Commencement website for details on participating in that celebration.

Academic Attire

No regalia is needed this year.

Keynote Speaker

Brooke Spearmon will have a special message for the Foster MBA Graduates.

Brooke Spearmon is a 2009 graduate of University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business (MBA), and a 2002 graduate from Spelman College. She is Senior Manager at Starbucks, where she leads the brand’s efforts to ensure all career progression practices are consistent, transparent, and equitable across the entire US retail population of more than 100K partners, with the program’s vision rooted in the brand’s commitments around inclusion, equity and diversity.

Prior to joining Starbucks, Ms. Spearmon held leadership roles within various organizations including Hitachi Consulting, Target, and the University of Washington.

Ms. Spearmon is currently the Advisory Board Co-Chair for the Michael G. Foster School of Business’s Consulting and Business Development Center (CBDC), an organization that she has been actively involved with for more than a decade. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Michael G. Foster School of Business. She is married to Shaun Spearmon, Foster MBA 2011, and together they have three children: Ava (11), Olivia (8), and Vaughn (3).

Brooke is passionate about people, understanding what motivates them, and finding common ground. She is a tireless advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion and views these as foundational elements to her work as a servant leader.

MPAcc Auditing and MST Taxation Graduation Celebration

The 2021 Foster School of Business Master of Science in Taxation and Master of Professional Accounting will be celebrating live virtual on Friday, June 11th. The zoom link will be sent out to the graduates with in a couple weeks to share with their friends and family.

Master of Science in Taxation Graduation Virtual Celebration
5:00 – 6:30 PM Via Zoom – Watch the ceremony here!

Master of Professional Accounting Graduation Virtual Celebration
7:00 – 8:30 PM Via Zoom – Watch the ceremony here!

We will be recording the virtual graduation celebration, and sharing it with the graduates a few day after the celebration.

For more information about the UW Commencement please visit the UW Commencement website for more details.

For further information, please contact MPAcc or MST Program:

MST
[email protected]
(206)543-4670

MPAcc
[email protected]
(206) 543- 4670

Congratulations to the 2021 Graduates!

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:
206-685-4461
[email protected]

MSCM and MSBA Graduation Convocation

Ceremony Information

The 2021 Foster School of Business Graduation Celebrations for Master of Supply Chain Management and Master of Science in Business Analytics students will take place, virtually on two separate evenings.

Below are the details for the virtual celebrations.

MSCM Virtual Celebration
Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Time: 6:00-7:00pm PST

MSBA Virtual Celebration
Date: Thursday, June 10, 2021
Time: 6:00-7:00pm PST

Guest Information

Virtual viewing links will be sent to students, in late May.

The UW Commencement Exercises will take place on Saturday, June 12, 2021 via live webcast.
Refer to the UW Commencement website for details on participating in the celebration.

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

MS in Entrepreneurship Graduation Celebration

Celebration Information

The 2021 Foster School of Business Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Graduation Celebration will be held as a live virtual event on Tuesday, June 8 at 5:30 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.

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

Celebrate and Share: #FOSTERFUTURES2021

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

The COVID-19 pandemic has invoked new normals and inspired admirable adaptability as we progress toward a truly reunited and open Foster community and campus. 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 2021 graduation celebrations will not be in-person, we will be better together, and better tomorrow. Today, bask in your achievements, and tag and view #FosterFutures2021 to across social media platforms to share your joy.

Mortar Board Decorating Contest
Win a Prize!Mortar Board Decorating Contest

Share your custom decorated Foster graduation mortarboard by sharing a photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Tag #FosterFutures2021 for a chance to win a prize!

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Share Your Joy on Social

Be certain to tag the @UWFoster accounts on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook along with #FosterFutures2021 to share your graduation triumph with the #FosterCommunity.

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Graduation Downloads

Add a celebratory frame to your Facebook profile, send a Snap with our graduation filters, or join your next Zoom call with a Foster-graduation-themed virtual background.

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