Each spring, the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences hosts a graduation ceremony and celebration.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences’ graduation celebration typically held?
    On the last Friday of the spring quarter, with a reception following at the school.
  • Where is the SEFS graduation celebration typically held?
    In Kane Hall (wheelchair and stroller accessible reception following in Anderson).
  • Do I need to RSVP?
    Yes, take the graduation survey to RSVP for the graduation ceremony.
  • Who can participate?
    All students who graduated in the autumn, winter, spring and summer quarters of the current academic year may participate.
  • How many family members and friends can I bring, and will they need tickets?
    No tickets are required, but the number of guests is limited to five per student, not including the student. This is necessary to ensure that everyone can fit in the space, which is one of the largest rooms on campus.
  • Do I need a cap and gown?
    Caps and gowns are not required for undergraduates and master’s degree students, but business casual dress is encouraged. For Ph.D. students, a cap and gown are required for the hooding ceremony. Our tassel and hood colors are russet.
  • Is there a School of Environmental and Forest Sciences stole?
    Yes, you will receive a school-specific stole when you check in at the Graduation Celebration.
  • What is the program like?
    The formal program typically consists of an invited speaker, two student speakers chosen by graduating students, naming of the graduates, a hooding ceremony for Ph.D. graduates and group pictures.
  • Will my name be read during the program?
    Yes, names and personal statements will be read for each student attending the celebration.
  • Will there be refreshments?
    Yes, all participants are invited to a reception following the program in the school’s courtyard.
  • Will there be a printed program with my name listed?
    Printed programs will be available with all the names that have been provided by the Registrar’s Office for that academic year.
  • What about parking?
    Students should arrange for parking through the UW Commencement website.

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