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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 9, 2018 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 2018 UW Foster School of Business Undergraduate Graduation Celebration will take place on Sunday, June 3 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 2018 celebrates this momentous occasion.

To participate in the Foster School Graduation Celebration, you must let us know you will be attending. RSVP before May 25. 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.

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 dso@uw.edu.

Please refer to our FAQ sheet for initial questions. Additional questions about the Foster School’s graduation celebration should be directed to pesola@uw.edu.

UW Commencement Exercises

The UW Commencement Exercises will take place on Saturday, June 9, 2018 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

Image of Gary FurukawaGary Furukawa is a Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Washington with a concentration in Business Administration-Accounting. He started his career at Deloitte & Touche in Seattle as a Certified Public Accountant. In 1982, he joined Smith Barney as a Financial Consultant, eventually rising to Senior Vice President. In 1999, Gary founded Freestone Capital Management, one of the largest Wealth Management Firms in the Pacific Northwest.

Today he serves as Senior Partner and Chief Investment Officer for Freestone, manages Freestone’s Opportunity Partners hedge funds, and serves as co-manager of Freestone’s real estate funds. He is also a member of Freestone’s Board of Directors.

Gary was the recipient of the University of Washington, Foster School of Business Distinguished Leadership Award in 2015. We are honored to welcome him as the keynote speaker for Foster’s 2018 Undergraduate Graduation Celebration.

Student Speaker Nomination

Who do you want to hear speak at the 2018 Foster Undergraduate Graduation Celebration? Nominate the student who you think would be a good representative of the class of 2018 today! The student speaker nomination is a part of the RSVP process. 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 3, 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, and TMMBA Graduation Ceremony

The graduation celebration for Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA, and Technology Management MBA students will be held on Monday, June 4, 2018 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 4, 2018
Time: Doors open to guests at 5 p.m., Ceremony 6-8 p.m., Reception immediately following the ceremony
Location: Meany Hall for the Performing Arts (Driving directions and campus map).

Keynote Speaker

Ada HealeyAda M. Healey
Vice President – Real Estate, Vulcan Inc.

Ada M. Healey directs all real estate strategies for Vulcan Inc., a Paul G. Allen company, and oversees its diverse and active development portfolio.

As the vice president of real estate at Vulcan, Healey oversees $2 billion in real estate assets. She has been instrumental in the redevelopment of nearly 60 acres in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, where Vulcan is working with the city and community to create a new model for sustainable, mixed-use urban development. In addition, Healey has led Vulcan’s expansion into other Seattle area neighborhoods including Yesler, Central Area, University District, and Bellevue. To date, Vulcan has developed, or has under construction, 8.7 million square feet in 41 new office, biotech, residential, and mixed-use projects.

Since joining Vulcan in 2001, Healey has built a team of more than 35 professionals with the expertise to provide a full range of development and portfolio management services. Under Healey’s leadership, Vulcan has earned extensive national recognition and honors for its innovative development approaches and commitment to sustainability.

Healey is an active participant in various local real estate, community and business organizations, with current or prior board positions at the following: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (Seattle branch), Urban Land Institute (Pacific Northwest Chapter), Downtown Seattle Association, Build the Streetcar, Lake Union Park Fundraising Committee, International Women’s Forum, and WA State Governor Inslee’s Carbon Emissions Task Force.

Prior to joining Vulcan, Healey worked for 10 years at ING Clarion, holding positions in asset management, acquisitions and portfolio management. Previous experience includes several years at NYNEX Properties (now Verizon Communications) and time in the insurance industry with the Sedgwick Group, London and Metropolitan Reinsurance Company in New York.
Healey holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. We are honored to welcome her as the keynote speaker for Foster’s 2018 EMBA, GEMBA, and TMMBA Graduation Ceremony.

Guest Entrance and Seating

Tickets are required for all guests of students (1+) 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 ($15 – 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 9, 2018, 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 2018.

The UW Graduation Ceremony will be held the afternoon of Saturday, June 9, 2018 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. MBA Graduates do not require tickets, as they are part of the Ceremony. Students apply for tickets by filling out the Graduating Student Survey. The MBA Program Office can only guarantee 3 per student, all others will be allocated as space provides. Once all tickets have been allocated, we will use a random lottery to distribute any remaining tickets (1 extra ticket per student).

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 graduation speaker for the MBA and PhD Ceremony will be announced during spring quarter.

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 Friday, June 8, 2018 from 5:00-6:00pm, with a reception to be held immediately following the celebration.

Ceremony Information

Date: Friday, June 8, 2018
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

Bob Weede, Microsoft

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:
Francine Shafer, mpacc@uw.edu, 206-616-4964

MSIS Graduation Convocation

The 2018 Foster School of Business Graduation Convocation for the Master of Science in Information System students is scheduled for Friday, June 1, 2018 from 6:00-7:00pm, a reception will be held immediately following the convocation.

Ceremony Information

Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
Time: Doors open to guests at 5:30pm. The ceremony will be held from 6:00-7:00, with a reception immediately following.
Location: The ceremony will be held at the Husky Union Building (HUB) Lyceum.

Commencement Speaker

To be determined.

Guest Information

Students, please contact the program directly for more information.

Parking

There are several parking lots near the HUB. For location information, please is the UW Map .

Photography

We will have event photographers on the day of the event, and who will take photos before, during and after the event. We will also have the photography position to take photos as the students receive their diplomas. The photographer will also be on hand during the reception to take photos of students and their families.

For further information, contact:
LaShonna McBride
206-685-4461
msis@uw.edu

MSCM Graduation Convocation

The 2018 Foster School of Business Graduation Convocation for Master of Supply Chain Management students is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6, 2018 from 6:00-7:00pm, a reception will be held immediately following the convocation.

Ceremony Information

Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Time: Doors open to guests at 5:30pm. The ceremony will be held from 6:00-7:00, with a reception immediately following.
Location: The ceremony will be held in Roethke Auditorium (Kane Hall 130), located in Kane Hall. The reception will be held immediately following the ceremony in the Walker Ames Room (Kane Hall 225).

Commencement Speaker

Ann Ardizonne, Vice President of Supply Chain at Alaska Airlines

Guest Information

If students plan to bring more than 5 guests, please contact the program directly.

Parking

Parking is available in the UW Central Plaza Garage. The entrance for the garage is located on 15th AVE NE and NE 41st Street.

Photography

We will have an event photographer on the day of the event, and who will take photos before, during and after the event. We will also have the photography position to take photos as the students 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:
Lindsey Bain-McCorkle
206-685-9441
mscm@uw.edu