Psychology Graduation Celebration

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Welcome graduates, families, and friends. This site is where important information about the 2024 Department of Psychology graduation celebration will be shared. Please check back here closer to the event for additional details that will include parking information, suggestions regarding attire for the graduates, and an FAQ that should answer most of your questions.

Date & Time:

Monday, June 3, 2024**
6:00pm -Start time
(Doors will open at 5:00pm)


Alaska Airlines Arena


In mid-April, an email was sent from the Psychology Department with information registering for the June 3 event. For fall 2023 and winter 2024 graduates, the announcement was sent to your non-UW email address the University has on file. For spring 2024 and summer 2024 graduates, the announcement was sent your UW email address. 

Registration for the event will close at 5:00pm on May 21; however, if you did not register you and your guests are still welcome to attend the Graduation Celebration and your name will be read as you process across the stage. Names of graduates who did not register will not appear in the virtual event program.

Event Q&As:

Click here for Graduate and guest instructions 

Arena Security Information:

The Alaska Airlines Arena has a clear bag policy. Balloons, artificial noisemakers, and confetti poppers are not allowed. Strollers can be parked at a corral near the NW entrance to the Arena. Stroller parking is not attended. There will be bag checks at the main floor entrances and at the Loading Dock entrance. Alcohol and firearms are prohibited. 

Guest Ticket Information:

Tickets will not be required. The Alaska Airlines Arena is a large venue and the number of guests for each graduate is unlimited.

International students can find information about inviting family members to visit the U.S. to attend both our departmental graduation celebration and the larger commencement. 

Dress code:

Most students will choose for a business casual style. About half of the graduates choose to wear cap and gown, but this is optional.

Disability Accommodations:

Special seating sections will be available for family and guests who have difficulty with stairs (View Seating Map). Seek an usher if you need additional assitance. 

Disability and limited mobility parking available in lots close to Alaska Airlines Arena - E97 and E17. Vehicles displaying a state, UW, or government issued disability privilege will be able to park in campus disability stalls in any lot.

**We know that holding the graduation celebration several days before the UW Commencement Ceremony (scheduled for Saturday, June 8, 2024), poses a challenge for families and friends of graduates who hope to attend both events. We are one of the largest departments at the UW and the Alaska Airlines Arena is the only venue that will accommodate our graduates and their guests. June 3 was the only available date for our department.