Alumni Stay Connected with UW Honors

UW Honors has helped more than 9,000 Huskies make the most of their undergraduate education since the program began in 1961. These graduates from every major offered by the University of Washington represent a fascinating diversity of professional and personal experiences. Honors alumni always have a home on campus and a community that values curiosity, passion, and connection across all subjects, industries, and perspectives.

Here are just a few ways you can stay connected with Honors!




Email Alumni Relations and Communications Specialist Carey Christie to volunteer or share news, job listings, questions and invitations with students and/or other alumni.  

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Students benefit from the life stories of alumni from all backgrounds in our series "Life After College." Graduates from different decades and degree programs visit upperclassmen in our capstone portfolio course, Honors 496, to answer questions like "What's the best way to figure out when it's time to go to graduate school?" and "How do you find time for sleep?"

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Alumni presenters in Honors 496: Michelle Burce and Stephen Miller tell students: "There is no right way, there is only YOUR way. And it will continue to evolve."



"What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?"

 - George Elliot

Alumni Mentors are more than just professional successes to emulate. They are authentic humans whose attention helps students thrive and connect to the world beyond our University. Honors mentorships are informal opportunities to build skills, relationships, and perspectives that are rich in variety and uniquely suited to the people who choose to show up.

Students love connecting with alumni, yet often it is recent graduates who can use the most help from mentors: preparing for grad school, relocating to new cities, setting up informational interviews and building their professional networks.



Honors alumni and friends meet up in the Bay Area, CA, August 2015
Bay Area Honors alumni and students at the home of Rick and Lynne Freeman ('67) - August, 2015

Community events like the Honors Hearth series, trips to shows and lectures, special classes and discussion groups, and regional meetups are all great chances to make friends and professional connections from different industries and disciplines.

We couldn't host (or fund) these events without the efforts of our alumni volunteers and the generous donations from our Friends of Honors.

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Our volunteer advisory board, chaired by former Washington State Supreme Court Justice Bobbe Bridge, supports leading-edge student opportunities and helps UW Honors share its resources, vision, and innovations with the wider community. Participation on the board is subject to invitation from the Honors Program Director and Board Chair, as a commitment of partnership extending through minimum 2-year terms that works best for volunteers with proven affinity for our mission, goals, and values.

Board members attend quarterly meetings, drive special projects throughout the year, and make personally meaningful contributions to the Honors Program Fund. The advisory board established the Distinguished Honors Alumni Awards program in 2016 and has raised more than $50,000 in the past two years to fund scholarships, the Global Challenges — Interdisciplinary Answers series, cultural and professional student development, and more. Board members have taught Honors courses, led student field trips, and developed key relationships that help Honors continue its work promoting thoughtful, responsible global citizenship and authentic inquiry across disciplines. 

2016-2018 Honors Advisory Board Members

  • Justice Bobbe Bridge, Chair
  • James Champoux
  • Jeanne Contardo
  • Ron Cunningham
  • Rick Freeman
  • Ben Janicki
  • Scott Keeney
  • Madeline Lindsay
  • Rob McKenna
  • Bud Saxberg
  • Sue Sherbrooke
  • Erica Tartaglione
  • Kathleen Wright

The advisory board is facilitated by Vicky Lawson, Julie Villegas and Carey Christie from UW Honors with Glenna Chang and Amber Carrigan of Academic Student Affairs and UAA. 



Honors Alumni Awards

Our Distinguished Honors Alumni inspire our students to excell in their chosen fields and to embody broader lifelong community values. Public impact, service leadership, citizenship, and drive to make a difference are all contributions to society rooted in interdisciplinary thinking and practices.

We recognize Distinguished Honors Alumni at our annual Celebration of Distinction (COD), a breakfast ceremony for graduates, scholarship, and award winners in our community. Distinguished Alumni are invited to help select the student recipient of the "Future Impact" rising senior scholarship in the year of their award. Both the alumna/us and their associated student scholarship winner are invited to the selection committee for the following year's award, and to be our special guests at other events. 


Know someone who has made a difference in the world and want to share their story with the Honors community? All alumni from UW Honors, including both Departmental and Interdisciplinary tracks, are eligible for this award. 

We are updating our nomination form for the 2018 award. Contact Honors' alumni relations specialist, Carey Christie at with subject: NOMINATION to hear when the form is ready, ask questions, or find out if the alum you are thinking of earned their UW bachelor's degree with Honors. 



Photo of Noah Pucell



As Washington state solicitor general, Purcell recently argued Washington's challenge to the controversial Trump administration travel and immigration ban, winning both in District Court and the 9th Circuit, and earning a temporary restraining order of the ban. He did this with the backing of several major tech companies based in Washington state, collaborating effectively with the private sector in defence of constitutional rights, specifically the right to religious freedom.



Photo of Justice Bobbe J. Bridge



In the course of her distinguished career (including eight years on the Washington State Supreme Court), Justice Bridge was deeply impacted by something that needed fixing further up the line from where she was sitting. During her three years as Chief Juvenile Court Judge, she encountered troubled youth who were clearly trapped in cycles of systemic failure: foster kids with mental health issues; children removed from abusive families; and homeless youth, a large percentage of whom were children of color.