Celebration of Distinction

Honors' Celebration of Distinction (CoD)

Honors graduate Reem Sabha flips the peace sign at photographer

Reem Sabha gave the keynote address at the 2017 Celebration of Distinction


Honors’ Celebration of Distinction (CoD) is an annual breakfast event recognizing Interdisciplinary and College Honors graduates, award and scholarship winners, and the community that supports their success.

CoD 2018 event details

When: Friday, June 8, 10 a.m. – Noon

Where: UW Tower, 4th Floor Dining Room

UW Tower address:
4333 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195

Private, invitation-only event. Light breakfast refreshments are provided and seating is limited due to venue constraints.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jerry Baldasty, 2018 Distinguished Honors Alumnus

Siena Traverso, Bachelor’s in Early Childhood and Family Studies with Interdisciplinary Honors


Register by May 11 for yourself and up to 2 special guests.
RSVP HERE

Info on ordering cords or cap & gown, registration for other UW graduation ceremonies, etc. visit UW Commencement website or email ceremony@uw.edu.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is invited?

  • Students who expect to earn their bachelors’ degrees with Interdisciplinary or College Honors in any UW majors between fall 2017 and summer 2018
  • Continuing Honors Student Scholarship winners for 2018-2019 award year
  • Distinguished Honors Alumni (past or present) and members of the UW Honors faculty or Advisory Board
  • Up to 2 special guests invited by any of the above

What do I need to bring?

Glad you asked! Honors cords are part of the regalia you may buy along with your cap & gown and any other special items you have earned as a UW undergrad, and you need to bring them with you in order to receive them at the ceremony.

If you qualify to graduate with Honors then you may order your cord along with your other regalia and bring your Honors cord with you to the Celebration of Distinction!

At event checkin you’ll be instructed about how to present your cord so that it may be officially conferred.

You should also bring your Husky card to access the Tower elevators and ask your guests to bring valid, government-issued photo id for Tower security.

How do I bring more guests?

In consideration of venue constraints, you may bring up to 2 guests to celebrate with you on this special day! We offer 3 total spots first to every graduating Interdisciplinary/College Honors student, plus Honors scholars and select members of the community.

After we tally initial RSVPs we offer remaining spots to graduates who for additional friends and family. We’re not taking requests for additional guests until May 16.

Graduating Honors students will be contacted on May 16 with instructions on how to request additional guests at that time, based on remaining capacity. You will see an email from uwhonors@uw.edu that offers these spots on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please do not bring extra guests without registering them for the event. UW Tower security has strict policies about entrance to the building and exceeding room capacity threatens future celebrations at this venue.

What time should we arrive?

Doors open at 9:45 and the official speaking program begins promptly at 10:30. Factor in extra time for parking and passage through UW Tower security. Please don’t be late!

How much are tickets?

There are no tickets to this event but you must RSVP (see above) including the names of your guests. Costs not supported by our state budget are generously met by gifts to the Friends of Honors fund. Please consider a gift to this fund if you wish to support future celebrations, community-building events, and unique student opportunities!

What is the dress code?

There is no official dress code but most guests who are expecting to walk across the stage choose to wear semi-formal clothing and sometimes their cap & gown. You may wish to bring jackets or other items to save your seats during the breakfast.

Where is the best parking?

There is some parking available in the garage adjacent to UW Tower, best reached via 12th Ave N just south of 45th. There are also several private pay lots and limited street parking nearby.

We encourage people to carpool, use public transit, and/or allow extra time for traffic issues or to find alternate parking. It’s a busy time on campus!

Should Departmental Honors students attend?

Departmental Honors students who feel connected into our core community are definitely welcome to attend this event! If you have been active in Honors and want to celebrate with the faculty, staff, alumni, and fellow students who have helped you reach this day, this day is for you, too!

Many students pursuing Departmental Honors prefer to celebrate within their chosen majors rather than attend this ceremony. If you’re not sure, contact your favorite Honors adviser or email forcarey@uw.edu to consider your options.

How do I request accommodations?

Email forcarey@uw.edu to request accommodations or with general questions about this event.