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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 15, 2019 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 2019 UW Foster School of Business Undergraduate Graduation Celebration will take place on Sunday, June 9 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 2019 celebrates this momentous occasion.

To participate in the Foster School Graduation Celebration, you must let us know you will be attending. RSVP before May 31. 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 15, 2019 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

Dan Bay Photo

Dan Baty is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Columbia Pacific Advisors, Columbia Pacific Wealth Management, and Chairman of Columbia Pacific Management, Inc.

Over his career, Mr. Baty has served as Chairman of Emeritus, one of the largest and most experienced operators of freestanding assisted living communities located throughout the United States, from its inception in 1993, until the company was sold in 2014 to Brookdale Senior Living. Mr. Baty also previously served as the Chairman of Holiday Retirement Corporation, the largest operator of retirement centers in the U.S. and Canada, from 1987 to its sale in 2007 to Fortress Investment Group for nearly $7 billion. He has been successfully investing in and developing private companies for over 40 years. Mr. Baty currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Precept Wine Company, Columbia Asia, Columbia China, and Skagit Horticulture.

Mr. Baty was an early investor in the Washington wine industry, investing in the original Associated Vinters in 1978. The Baty Family presently owns 4500 acres of vineyards in Washington, Oregon & Idaho and through Precept Brands, is one of the largest wine companies in the Northwest and top 20 nationally.

Mr. Baty supports many charitable organizations with his time and resources including University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Childhaven, and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

A business graduate of the University of Washington in 1965, Mr. Baty went on to Harvard Law School where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 1968.

Student Speaker Nomination

Who do you want to hear speak at the 2019 Foster Undergraduate Graduation Celebration? Nominate the student who you think would be a good representative of the class of 2019 by Friday, April 19! 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 9, 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 10, 2019 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 10, 2019
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

Dr. R. Guy Hudson Photo

R. Guy Hudson, M.D., MBA
Chief Executive Officer, Swedish Health Services

Keynote Speaker Bio:

Dr. Guy Hudson serves as chief executive officer of Swedish Health Services, where he guides the vision of one of the Puget Sound region’s largest nonprofit health care systems.

Dr. Hudson oversees the strategic direction and operations of the organization, ensuring that Swedish delivers on its mission of serving the needs of everyone in the community. He works closely with the organization’s leaders and caregivers to provide the highest-quality care to Swedish’s patients and create a respectful workplace that values the contributions of every employee. Dr. Hudson assumed this role in early 2017.

During his tenure at Swedish, Dr. Hudson has served in various leadership positions across the organization. He joined Swedish in 2007 as a pediatric urologic surgeon and quickly began leading outreach and programs that transformed Swedish pediatric services. Dr. Hudson stewarded initiatives that improved caregiver engagement, patient care and operational workflow. Through his dedicated work with the pediatrics practice, Dr. Hudson developed a deep understanding of primary care, the emerging population health movement and the complexities of the acute care environment – learnings that inform his stewardship of the organization into the future.

Dr. Hudson was named chief of physician services for western Washington in 2016, focusing on medical group operations in the areas of provider engagement, patient satisfaction, and financial, operational and quality performance. Previously, Dr. Hudson served as Swedish Medical Group’s chief medical officer.

Dr. Hudson came to Swedish from an academic practice at Oregon Health & Science University. He completed a fellowship at the University of California San Diego and a residency at Oregon Health & Science University. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr. Hudson has been recognized multiple times as one of Seattle’s and Portland’s Top Doctors, and he received the Patients’ Choice Award Compassionate Doctor Recognition from 2011 to 2014. He is passionate about delivering care to patients in areas that are medically underserved, including providing surgical care to children in Africa and serving as a Guatemala service representative with Providence Health International. Dr. Hudson serves on the Greater Seattle Partners Executive Council and is a member of the Community Development Roundtable of Seattle.

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 ($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 15, 2019, 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

Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President, Modern Life, Search and Devices at Microsoft

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 2019 Foster School of Business Graduation Convocation for Master of Science in Information System students is scheduled for Friday, June 7, 2019 at 6:00pm.

Ceremony Information

Date: Friday, June 7, 2019
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.

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 MSIS Program:
206-543-4587
[email protected]

MSCM Graduation Convocation

The 2019 Foster School of Business Graduation Convocation for Master of Supply Chain Management students is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 6:00-7:00pm, a reception will be held immediately following the convocation.

Ceremony Information

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Time: Doors open to guests with tickets 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. Reception information will be provided at a later date.

Commencement Speaker

To be determined

Guest Information

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:
Lindsey Bain-McCorkle
206-685-9441
[email protected]

MS ENTRE Graduation Convocation

The 2019 Foster School of Business Graduation Convocation for Master of Science in Entrepreneurship students is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 5:00pm.

Ceremony Information

Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
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]