Graduation Policies and Procedures

Congratulations on completing your graduation application. Please note: completing this form does not mean you have graduated; you only graduate when you satisfy all departmental and general education requirements and complete 180 credits. Once you meet those requirements this should be the last form you need to file in order to graduate on your specified date.

Filing this form entitles you to two quarters’ worth of priority registration, which you must use on the first registration day of each of the next two quarters.

You must either graduate in the quarter listed on your graduation application or you must change your intended graduation quarter. Failure to either graduate or change your graduation quarter will result in a block on your registration. If you want to change your quarter of graduation or discuss ways to finish your degree elsewhere, contact Geography Advising.


UW diplomas list the student’s name, degree earned, and any applicable honors. Majors are not listed on UW diplomas.

Diplomas are mailed to the student’s mailing address selected on MyUW (local or permanent) two to three months following graduation. OUR staff will attempt to contact the graduate in the event a mailed diploma is not accepted at the mailing address and/or returned by the postal service.

More information about diplomas is available from the Office of the University Registrar.

UW Commencement Ceremony

Students who earned a degree in Autumn 2020, or Winter 2021, or have applied to graduate with a departmental adviser for Spring 2021 or Summer 2021, are eligible to participate in university’s June 12, 2021, graduation ceremony. The Commencement event will list the names of graduates from Summer 2020 through Spring 2021. While Summer 2021 graduates may participate in this year’s Commencement, their names will not be listed in a program until the following year’s Commencement. Beginning in May, you will be directed to a website to order caps and gowns, rings, graduation announcements, etc. For all pertinent ceremony information, please visit Commencement 2021: Celebrating Worldwide.

Department of Geography Convocation

The Department of Geography Convocation will be held online on Thursday, June 10, at 2:00 PM Pacific Time and will be available to stream at your convenience after that time. In the next few weeks we will send an email invitation with more details to recent alumni who earned a degree in Autumn 2020 and current students who have applied to graduate in Winter 2021, Spring 2021 or Summer 2021. Please pay careful attention to your email inbox – and check your SPAM/junk mail folders regularly – to be sure you receive this invitation!

We welcome your feedback or suggestions about the Department of Geography Convocation, so please feel welcome to email if you have any ideas to share with us.

Please direct all questions to:

Nell Gross

Danielle Brown