Honors Graduation & Celebration of Distinction

Honors' Celebration of Distinction (CoD)

Event Details

When: Friday, June 14, 2019, 10 a.m. – Noon

Where: UW Tower, 4th Floor Cafeteria, 4333 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98195

Join this wonderful graduation ceremony for Huskies earning their bachelors degrees with UW with Interdisciplinary or College Honors. We’re excited to congratulate our vibrant community of scholars and the friends and family who have helped to make it happen.

Keynote Speakers

2019 Graduating Class speakers: Gautham Vechuru (CSE with Interdisciplinary Honors) and Sofia Dolce (Industrial Engineering with Interdisciplinary Honors)

Both Sofia and Gautham demonstrate thoughtful connections across multiple subjects and have been involved in culture and community building in their time at UW.

Kat Chow headshot
Kat Chow. Credit: Allison Shelley/NPR

2019 Distinguished Honors Alumnus: Kat Chow, ’12 (Communications with College Honors) changes how we think and talk about race, ethnicity and culture in America as a founding member of the award-winning NPR reporting team, Code Switch. We are excited to recognize her interdisciplinary excellence, commitment to global citizenship and vital public impact.

Event Description

At this special celebration we confer cords on Interdisciplinary and College Honors graduates, recognize our Distinguished Honors Alumni recipient and thank the vibrant community behind these stories of success.

This is a private, invitation-only event. Light breakfast refreshments are provided. In consideration of venue constraints, you may bring 1-2 guests to celebrate with you on this special day!

Please register by May 17 for yourself and your guests.

Late registration may not be possible. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is invited?

  • Students who earned (or will have earned) their degree with Interdisciplinary or College Honors in any UW majors between fall 2018 and summer 2019
  • Distinguished Honors alumni and members of the UW Honors faculty and Honors Advisory Board
  • One to two special guests invited by any of the above celebrated community members

What do I need to bring?

Glad you asked! If you are graduating, Honors cords are part of the regalia you may buy along with your cap & gown. If you qualify to graduate with Honors then you may order your cord (Interdisciplinary or College) along with your other regalia and bring your Honors cord with you to the Celebration of Distinction! When you check in for the event we’ll explain how to present your cord so that it may be officially conferred during the ceremony.

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

You should also bring your Husky card to access the Tower elevators and ask your guests to bring valid, government-issued photo ID as might be required by Tower security.

May I bring more than 2 guests?

Short answer: Possibly.

Long answer: We offer three total spots first to every graduating Interdisciplinary/College Honors student, plus Honors scholars and select members of the community as explained above. Graduating Honors students will be contacted soon after May 13 with instructions for requesting additional seats based on remaining capacity.

Please don’t request additional guests until you hear from us and do not bring extra guests without registering them for the event. UW Tower security has strict policies about the entrance to the building and exceeding room capacity threatens future celebrations at this venue.

What time should we arrive?

Doors open at 9:45 with coffee and light breakfast reception. Our official speaking program begins promptly at 10:30. Factor in extra time for parking (non-hosted) and passage through UW Tower security. Please don’t be later than 10:30!

How much are tickets?

You must RSVP (see above) including the names of your guests but you will not be charged for tickets. Costs not supported by our state budget are generously met by gifts to the Friends of Honors fund.  If you are inspired to contribute, your gift to this fund will support this celebration and/or other 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?

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 (voice), 206-543-6452 (TTY), 206-685-7264 (fax), or dso@uw.edu. The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.