The end of the year is near and graduates are feeling the relief that comes with completing their degrees. With a matter of days left, seniors are anxious for graduation — but it will be a little different this year. Commencement was cancelled in April due to COVID-19 and things have been up in the air since then. While this is a very confusing time, there are quite a few different activities planned for the end of the year. 

Already there have been various events with alumni, like the Q & A With the UW Alumni Association that was on June 2 and the Husky Alumni Panel: Launching and Navigating Your Career in Uncertain Times on June 4. 

Wrapping everything up, graduates can celebrate becoming UW alumni at the 2020 Grad Celebration and New Alumni Happy Hour on June 12. 

Between June 23-25, there are various webinars available in the Senior Success Webinar Season for landing a post-graduation job. Such webinars include resume writing, creating a cover letter and job search strategies. All are presented by Career Development and Education.

In respect to the graduation ceremony itself, there will be a webcast called “Live Interactive Webcast: Celebrating Worldwide” where students from all three campuses will have a virtual processional. 

“Our Commencement program will be presented in the style of a flip-book on the UW Tacoma website,” said BrieAnna Bales, director of Events and Sponsorships.

Students have already submitted a photo of them in their cap and gown or will have a cap and gown filter.  Some groups will be hosting a watch party of the webcast, while other opportunities to get involved for graduation include “grad moments”.

“Graduates have the opportunity to share their stories on social media using the hashtag #uwtgrad,” Bales said, “The feeds from social media will be available side-by-side with the webcast.” 

UW President Ana Mari Cauce will deliver the congratulatory message to the tri-campus graduating class. Video messages from Chancellor Pagano and the UW Tacoma student speaker will be available for the graduates and viewers to watch as well. 

Watching the first ever virtual Commencement for all three campuses of University of Washington is available for everyone on the UWT website.

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