Information for Graduating Students (2024)

You can visit the UW Commencement website for information regarding the Commencement Ceremony that occurs each June. On this site, you will find event information, including guest tickets, eligibility, ordering announcements & photos, purchasing parking permits, etc.

You may complete your degree any quarter of your choice, however, you may “walk” in the June ceremony if you complete your degree in the previous December or March, June or the following August. See this helpful checklist for more information.

Department of Communication students and their families and friends are invited to the Communication Department Graduation Celebration each June. This celebration will include a ceremony, keynote speaker, department awards, presentation of the graduates, and will be followed by a reception. Details about the Department celebration will be shared via email and on the website in March or April.

Registration for both the UW Commencements and the Communication Department Graduation Celebration will begin in April.

A Graduation Application must be verified with an adviser during your Senior Appointment, and is the department’s recommendation to the University for you to earn your degree. Your degree is ultimately granted by the UW Office of Graduation & Academic Records (UW Office of the Registrar). If you will graduate with a double major or a double degree, you must submit a second Graduation Application with your other department(s) as well.

Graduation Applications must be submitted by the 3rd Friday of the quarter you plan to graduate. However, if you want Graduating Senior Priority registration, you must apply earlier (see below).

Once a Graduation Application has been submitted with an COM Adviser during your Senior Appointment, be sure and check your email for a message from the Graduation & Academic Records Office (Office of the University Registrar). Please read this email carefully for important details, and make sure to “Confirm” your Graduation Application.

Not sure if you’ve already applied to graduate? Check DARS to see if there is a “Graduation Date” listed for you (e.g. AUT/2018, WIN/2019, etc.). If the “Graduation Date” says “Not Found”, then you likely have yet to submit a Graduation Application. If you have a graduation date listed, then you have successfully submitted your Graduation Application.

Students who are double majors or pursuing double degrees will need to apply to graduate with BOTH departments they are studying in to graduate with both majors.

Graduating Senior Priority (GSP) allows students to register for classes on the first day of Period I. Students are eligible for a maximum of two quarters of GSP. By submitting your Graduation Application early (2.5 quarters in advance recommended), you can receive up to two quarters of GSP. For instance, if you are planning to graduate in June, you should meet with an adviser in early Autumn Quarter so that you can have GSP for Winter and Spring Quarters.

See the Academic Calendar for dates of registration.

When you have used your GSP for two quarters, and if you are still attending classes, then you will revert to regular senior priority. You can “save” your GSP by simply not using it and registering during regular senior registration. In this regard, GSP does not necessarily need to be used in consecutive quarters.

The UW requires that students complete 45 of their last 60 credits while “in residence” at the UW. Read more about the UW Residence Credit policy.

For additional resources regarding this policy, see here.

The first indication of your earned degree will appear on your transcript. Degrees are posted to your transcript by the UW Office of Graduation & Academic Records, approximately 2-3 weeks after the end of the quarter, upon verification that you have completed all requirements for the UW, College of Arts & Sciences, and Department of Communication.

It takes 3-4 months for diplomas to arrive in the mail. Diplomas are sent by the Office of the University Registrar. Please be sure to check your MyUW address settings to ensure that your diploma will arrive to the correct address.

Prospective employers, graduate programs, and others who require verification that you’ve earned your degree can access this information through a UW Degree Validation website.

Baccalaureate Honors are: Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude. These honors are awarded upon graduation to undergraduates who are earning their first bachelor’s degree with at least 90 credits taken at UW. Of these 90 credits, 60 must be numerically graded (extension credits do not count toward these 60 credits). These honors awards are not directly related to the Departmental or College Honors Programs. They also represent the top 10% of students in each of the UW’s schools and colleges.

Students graduating with Baccalaureate Honors are given a gold honor cord to wear for the UW Commencement Ceremony. For students graduating in the spring, the honors listed in the Commencement Program (and honor cord distribution), are based on the student’s cumulative GPA through the preceding Winter Quarter. Spring Quarter grades are ultimately included in the credit totals and GPA calculations, determining whether the honors are posted to the student’s final record. You can find more information about baccalaureate honors, the Dean’s list, and other honors societies on the UW Baccalaureate Honors site.

Take advantage of the Career & Internship Center! While you are a current student, most of their services are free to students. The Career & Internship Center offers help in job-hunting skills, career planning, and more!

Students may also consider the COM 395: Internships (1-2 credits, 4 max) course, which is facilitated by a Department of Communication Adviser. Also, sign up for Handshake, which will allow you to post your resume online as well as search for jobs and internships.

Completing an internship is a good idea for students with limited work experience. The Carlson Center maintains postings of internships and volunteer opportunities.

The Career Center is also a great place to start your exploration for graduate schools and programs.
Regarding Letters of Recommendation and any future references that you may need down the road for jobs and graduate schools:

The UW Department of Communication Alumni Professional Development Board is a vibrant and engaged group of alumni who are dedicated to mentoring students, providing lifelong learning experiences for alumni and friends, and contributing to the community. It is the key to creating enduring relationships between the Department and its alumni. Join us in celebrating the incredible impact of our community!

The UW Alumni Association is a network of over 50,000 alumni Huskies, with chapters and regional groups all over the country and the world! The UWAA offers a complimentary one-year membership to its most-recent alumni, numerous opportunities to network with fellow Huskies, and alumni services such as library access and a UW alumni email account.

International students are highly encouraged to attend a Final Year Workshop at International Student Services, which will provide helpful information and important things to think about for your final year at the UW.

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Sheila Brooks, Ph.D.

Dr. Sheila Brooks is an accomplished entrepreneur, author, Emmy-award winning journalist and expert in multicultural marketing, energy and utilities, public health communications and entrepreneurial education. She is founder, president and CEO ofSRB Communications, a full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency that specializes in multicultural markets and video production. Her more than four decades of trailblazing leadership in media and communications reflects the long track record of success in and commitment to Washington, D.C.’s creative and entrepreneurial economy. The boutique agency has headquarters in Washington, D.C. with a satellite office in Baltimore, Md.

A formerTVanchor, reporter, executive producerand news director, she hasreceived more than 250 journalism and entrepreneurial awards and honors. Among them are aMinority Business Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Hall of Famefrom the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council (CRMSDC), twoEmmy-Awards, induction into theMid-Atlantic region’s Emmy Award Hall of Fame,NABJ’s 2019 Ida B. Wells Awardand a2019 NAACP Image Award Nominationfor her first book, Lucile H. Bluford and theKansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice. She wrote a chapter in the 2020 book, Meeting at the Table: Race, African-American Women Write on Race, Culture and Community.

Brooks is a dedicated advocate for minority and women entrepreneurs and small business. She is a thought leader who strongly supports meaningful change in diversity, equity and inclusion. Throughout her career, she has served on numerous national and local nonprofit and university boards. Most notably are the Federal City Council as a board trustee, Jim Vance Media Institute at Archbishop Carroll High School and Morgan State University’s School of Journalism and Communications, where she serves as Chair of the Board of Visitors. In her role as Chair of the President’s Club of DC, an organization of legacy African American entrepreneurs, she serves as a member of the advisory council on the Pepco Supplier Diversity Roundtable.

Brooks teaches multicultural marketing in The George Washington University’s graduate school’s Strategic Public Relations Program. Shehas a Ph.D. and Master of Arts degrees from Howard University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she was inducted in the department’s 2018 Hall of Fame.

Bio and Photo of Sheila Brooks are courtesy of SRB Communications

Information for Graduating Students (2024)


What advice would you give to graduating students? ›

Keep an open mind as you consider your options for the future. Don't be afraid to change your job or your college major. Learning what you don't like is just as important as learning what you do like. Make the most of your time by looking for part-time jobs, internships, or volunteer opportunities.

What questions should I ask someone who just graduated? ›

What was your favorite thing to do on campus? What impact did the global COVID-19 pandemic have on your college experience? In what ways have you changed throughout your college experience? Which teacher or professor had the most impact on you, and what will you remember about them?

How do you answer what are your post graduation plans? ›

Explain different possibilities. A good way to answer “What are your plans after graduation?” is to explain the different possibilities that you have once you complete your degree. This satisfies the curiosity of the person who asked the question, while also protecting your process of figuring things out.

Is it OK to write a check for a graduation gift? ›

Money and gift cards are appropriate and welcome.

Always include a card and a handwritten note with the gift card, check or cash.

What is the best advice for high school students? ›

Here are some of the great insights they shared.
  • Get a Planner. If I didn't have a planner, I would have never made it through high school. ...
  • Understand Procrastination. ...
  • Keep It Real. ...
  • Stay Focused. ...
  • Get Out of Your Comfort Zone. ...
  • Make Yourself at Home. ...
  • Get Involved. ...
  • Make Useful Connections.

What do grad students need the most? ›

Examples of essential tools for grad school include a modern laptop, cloud storage and document space, bag or backpack, and a dedicated workspace. On the skills side, communication, time management, and project management are critical in order to be successful in grad school.

What are the reflective questions for graduating seniors? ›

Prompt reflection
  • What did you like most about this subject this year?
  • Which assignments helped you learn the best this year?
  • What were the top 3 things you learned this year?
  • What was your most memorable activity from this year?
  • How could I have better supported you as your teacher this year?

What questions should I ask in a grad school information session? ›

10 important Questions to ask when you attend:
  • What are the scholarship and financial aid opportunities?
  • Are courses offered online or in a hybrid format?
  • What are the typical class sizes?
  • What kind of expertise do faculty members have?
  • What is the job placement rate for graduates?
Feb 9, 2023

What should I ask a senior student? ›

  • What is the most challenging task as a senior?
  • What is the most creative excuse you've ever used to get out of a homework assignment?
  • What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?
  • Describe senioritis.
  • What has been the highlight of your senior year?
  • Where do you imagine yourself 10 years from now?

What are your top 3 personal plans after graduation *? ›

5 things to do after graduation
  • Search for a graduate job. Now that you've finished your course, you might be thinking of embarking on a career. ...
  • Develop your CV. ...
  • Gain graduate work experience. ...
  • Apply for a postgraduate course. ...
  • Travel after graduating.
Aug 12, 2022

What are your plans and goals after graduation? ›

After graduating, I want to develop the skills that will help me accomplish the success I've always wanted to accomplish. I will work as hard as I can, and I will do what it takes to get there. I am going to approach everything in life with a positive attitude and a lot of excitement.

Which three words describe you best? ›

Positive Words to Describe Yourself
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Jun 21, 2023

Is $20 dollars a good graduation gift? ›

Distant relatives or friends usually send around $15 - $20, while close friends and relatives more commonly send around the $20 - $50 mark. Some families and family friends may choose to spend closer to $100 - $500, depending on their finances and the needs of the graduate.

Is $20 enough for a graduation gift? ›

Close relatives like grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and siblings - If you're a close family member of the graduate, expect to give around $50 to $200. Close friend - If a good friend is graduating, a $50 to $100 gift is a good choice. Acquaintance or co-worker - Spend less for someone you don't know quite as well.

What is the average college graduation gift amount from parents? ›

What's a reasonable cash amount for a college graduate? Cash offerings for college graduates tend to range from $100–$500. A parent will often give a gift of $50–$100 for an undergraduate degree. If the college degree is advanced (think master's or doctorate), then the amount can go up by $100 for each degree.

What is the best piece of advice? ›

25 Excellent Pieces of Advice That Most People Ignore
  • Do what is right, not what is easy. ...
  • Dreams remain dreams until you take action. ...
  • Treat others the way you want to be treated. ...
  • When you quit, you fail. ...
  • Trust your instincts. ...
  • Learn something new every day. ...
  • Make what is valuable important. ...
  • Believe in yourself.
Mar 17, 2016

What advice can you give to students for them to also be successful? ›

Always work hard & hard until you get success. If you are not good at something, don't just ignore it and try to focus on it. Always stay committed toward your studies & try to stay focused while you study. Successful students always focus on the tasks at hand.

What should I look forward to senior year? ›

  • Last Week of School. That last week of school where you get to goof off, turn in your books and make fun of the underclassmen one last time. ...
  • Prom. ...
  • Graduation. ...
  • Grad Parties. ...
  • Orientation. ...
  • Summer Nights. ...
  • Back to School Shopping. ...
  • Move in Day.
Jan 4, 2017

What do grad schools look at most? ›

Many worry about on-paper credentials such as test scores, GPAs, and awards. While those are certainly important details, many graduate schools prefer applicants who have relevant experience, clearly defined academic and professional goals, and a track record of showing genuine interest in their chosen field.

What is the ideal GPA for grad school? ›

Most colleges like to see at least a 2.5 or a 3.0 from master's program applicants. Some programs set their minimums at 3.3 or higher. The minimum GPA for a doctoral program may start at 3.3. In addition to your overall score, the classes you took might be factored in as well.

What do grad schools really look for? ›

Graduate school admissions officers consider multiple factors when looking for standout candidates, including grade point average, standardized test scores and a resume of experiences related to the field a student wants to enter.

What are the 4 types of reflective questions? ›

The framework consists of four different types of open-ended reflective questions: awareness, analysis, alternatives, and action.

What is a critically reflective question? ›

A Critical Reflection (also called a reflective essay) is a process of identifying, questioning, and assessing our deeply-held assumptions – about our knowledge, the way we perceive events and issues, our beliefs, feelings, and actions.

How do I ask for more information about a graduate program? ›

Directly state that you would like to talk with them more about pursuing a graduate degree in their lab. Make sure you include information specifically requested by the professor on their position announcement or website, such as GPA, GRE scores, references, CV, and cover letter.

What is a graduate information session? ›

The Graduate Studies Office hosts General Information Sessions to provide an overview of the application process, as well as an overview of the master degrees and advanced credential programs offered.

What questions to ask at grad school fair? ›

What should I ask the admissions representatives at the fair?
  • What do you think is unique about your program?
  • Are students admitted in both fall and spring semesters?
  • Is it possible to work full-time and complete the degree as a part-time student?
  • How much does the program cost (tuition, student fees, and housing)?
Oct 11, 2022

What are appropriate questions to ask? ›

Try these:
  • What is on your bucket list?
  • What are you most thankful for?
  • What is your biggest regret in life?
  • What are you most afraid of?
  • What do you feel most passionate about?
  • How do you like to spend your free time?
  • What would your perfect day be like?
  • What does your dream life look like?
Jun 15, 2023

What are some questions you should ask? ›

Deep Questions to Ask People
  • Who knows you best?
  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  • What makes you feel unstoppable?
  • What is your biggest fear?
  • Who is the smartest person you know?
  • What is your favorite family holiday tradition?
  • What is the essential quality in a romantic relationship?

How do you talk to senior students? ›

Keep the introduction short and simple by saying something along the lines of, “Hey my name is _____ and I just wanted to say hi because I've seen you around and you seem like a really cool person.” If you have a sibling or other friends who are seniors, you can also ask them to introduce you to your crush.

What are personal goals for students? ›

Personal goals are short- or long-term lifestyle-related objectives (relationships, hobbies, finances, etc.) that your student would like to attain in the new year. For example, your student may want to exercise more during the week, learn how to play guitar, or save money to invest in real estate.

What three goals would you bring to graduate study? ›

Graduate Learning Goals
  • Master the skills, methods and knowledge appropriate to the discipline.
  • Synthesize knowledge using interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Acquire the tools to continue professional development and life-long learning.

What is your future plans best answer for students? ›

My future plans are having a job I enjoy doing, finding good life-work balance, foster good relationships both at work and in my personal life, and simply enjoy every day as it comes and goes. Of course, I plan to continue working on my language skills, because I want to become better in my work.

What is your long term goal after graduation? ›

Long-term goals for students include getting a specific grade by the end of the year, getting a job in your industry, or winning a prestigious scholarship. A long-term goal is a goal that's achievable with hard work, but not achievable quite yet.

What is post-graduation plans? ›

in or relating to the time after you finish a degree or other course of study: He was not clear about his post-graduation plans.

How do you succeed after graduation? ›

11 tips on how to be successful in life after college
  1. Keep building and nurturing your network. ...
  2. Establish your personal brand. ...
  3. Use LinkedIn and job boards in your job search. ...
  4. Don't be afraid of exploring unfamiliar industries. ...
  5. Never jump on your first job offer. ...
  6. Find a mentor in your field.

How do you describe yourself in one sentence? ›

How to answer "How would you describe yourself?"
  • "I am passionate about my work." ...
  • "I am ambitious and driven." ...
  • "I am highly organized." ...
  • "I'm a people person." ...
  • "I'm a natural leader." ...
  • "I am results-oriented." ...
  • "I am an excellent communicator."
Apr 20, 2023

What 5 words would you use to best describe yourself? ›

Best Words to Describe Yourself:
  • Tough.
  • Trustworthy.
  • Understanding.
  • Upbeat.
  • Versatile.
  • Vibrant.
  • Warmhearted.
  • Wise.

What is the average graduation gift money? ›

The standard graduation cash gift for your son or daughter ranges from $150 to $300. It can also be a gift from the whole family in preparation for their college life. However, $100 – $150 is a good monetary present for a high school graduate if you are on a tight budget.

What is the average high school graduation gift money? ›

For those who are close to you and graduating from high school, a cash gift in the range of $50 – $100 is most often appropriate. If the person is part of your immediate family, the gift should be appropriate to what your family does in gift-giving situations.

How much money should you give a grandchild for high school graduation? ›

Furthermore, grandparents usually give small cash gifts for birthdays and Christmas. So, giving a bigger present for a big event like high graduation is understandable. You should give your grandchildren a present of $100 to $200 for graduating high school if you can afford it.

What is etiquette for graduation gifts? ›

You are not obligated to give a gift, although you may choose to do so. Whether or not you send a present, a card or note of congratulations is always appreciated.

What is an appropriate gift for high school graduation? ›

The best gifts are often those that are personalized, like an engraved necklace, photobook, a family cookbook or custom wall art. Consider fun memories you've made with the graduate, as well as their hobbies, passions and even future career field.

What do you write in a graduation card? ›

Graduation Wishes and Congratulations
  • Congratulations on graduating and here's to your next adventure!
  • You're a class act!
  • Best of luck on your new beginnings!
  • You did it, Graduate! ...
  • We're so proud of you, and honored to celebrate graduation day with you!
  • You are a star in the making! ...
  • Caps off to you, Graduate!

Is $1 000 a good graduation gift? ›

According to this piece, financial planners say the gift should be equal to approximately one month's rent or mortgage payment, somewhere around $1,000. The article said parents should give their children between $1,000 and $5,000 when they graduate from college.

How much money should a grandparent give for college graduation? ›

Money is often given as a graduation present from grandparents, providing the recipient the freedom to decide how to use it. They can give anywhere from $50 to $200 or $500 to $1000.

What advice would you give freshmen to help them become successful students? ›

Top 10 Tips for College Freshmen
  • Know what things you need for a college dorm. ...
  • Be comfortable being on your own. ...
  • Have an idea of what you want to study. ...
  • Know when and how to get a job. ...
  • Research good jobs for college students. ...
  • Put yourself out there. ...
  • Be prepared for your courses. ...
  • Practice good habits.
May 18, 2022

How do you motivate graduate students? ›

Additional Strategies for Motivating Students
  1. Become a role model for student interest. ...
  2. Get to know your students. ...
  3. Use examples freely. ...
  4. Use a variety of student-active teaching activities. ...
  5. Set realistic performance goals and help students achieve them by encouraging them to set their own reasonable goals.

What is the best advice for a new college student? ›

College study tips
  1. Go to class. ...
  2. Get to know your professors. ...
  3. Actively develop the habit of working ahead. ...
  4. Seek out your adviser. ...
  5. Make a weekly schedule. ...
  6. Get a study buddy. ...
  7. Know your procrastination triggers. ...
  8. Find a favorite study nook.
Apr 19, 2022

What advice would you give younger students about high school? ›

10 tips for thriving in high school — from those who've come out the other side
  • Pursue activities that truly interest you. ...
  • Make the most of high school academics. ...
  • Work hard in language class. ...
  • Be yourself (Seriously) ...
  • Think about college early (but don't let it make you crazy!) ...
  • Take practice standardized tests.
Nov 18, 2022

What are 5 strategies for success? ›

7 Strategies for Success
  • Get to know yourself as a thinker and learner. ...
  • Set a personal goal for each course. ...
  • Manage your time and your attention. ...
  • Think like a professor. ...
  • Review your notes as soon as possible after class.

How do you encourage students to be successful? ›

Below are eight simple ways you can take to encourage students to succeed.
  1. Create a Culture of Encouragement. ...
  2. Provide Verbal Praise When Students Make Progress. ...
  3. Offer Tangible Forms of Encouragement. ...
  4. Praise Even the Smallest Efforts. ...
  5. Formally Recognize Students for Their Accomplishments.

What is the most powerful motivation for students to succeed? ›

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”- Bill Cosby. This is one of the many motivational quotes for students to study hard, inspiring students in every possible way. Remember, it is okay to fear failure, but do not let it drive you away from working hard.

What is the best motivation for students? ›

A List Of Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation
  • Give students a sense of control. ...
  • Be clear about learning objectives. ...
  • Create a threat-free environment. ...
  • Change your scenery. ...
  • Offer varied experiences. ...
  • Use positive competition. ...
  • Offer rewards. ...
  • Give students responsibility.
Dec 11, 2021

How will you motivate the students for a better future? ›

Give students as much control over their own education as possible. Let students choose paper and project topics that interest them. Assess them in a variety of ways (tests, papers, projects, presentations, etc.) to give students more control over how they show their understanding to you.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen? ›

Take care of your physical and mental well being. You're going to be exposed to so many new things, places, people and experiences that it'll be very easy to overstress yourself. Make sure to look after your health. Go to bed early.

How can I encourage my college freshman? ›

9 Things You Might Want to Say to Your College Freshman
  1. You have given me more joy and happiness than I ever thought possible. ...
  2. I believe in you. ...
  3. Push yourself. ...
  4. You will be fine. ...
  5. You can tell me anything and I will never judge you. ...
  6. I will miss you. ...
  7. I'm sorry for… ...
  8. You will always have a home.
Aug 18, 2020

What is the best advice for youth? ›

Life advice for young adults
  • Engage in social interactions with everyone around you. ...
  • Maintain close relationships with family and friends. ...
  • Be kind to yourself. ...
  • Perform daily exercise for 30 minutes to an hour. ...
  • Stay focused on the present and don't worry about past or future.
Sep 5, 2018

What pieces of advice can you give to the youth of your generation? ›

My Advice for the Younger Generation
  • Think different. Try and explore new ideas without bringing your old ideas along for the ride. ...
  • Learn how to learn. Note, in all likelihood, most of you have not mastered this one yet. ...
  • Be curious about everything. ...
  • Don't fear failure. ...
  • Be a never ending reader.

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