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2024 Physics Department Graduation Celebration

Department of Physics 2023-24 Graduating Class and Department Members
Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 10:00am
Physics Astronomy Auditorium, A102 and A118

The Physics Department holds an annual Graduation Celebration for their students who graduated between autumn 2023 – summer 2024 with UW-Seattle Physics bachelor’s, professional master’s, or doctoral degrees. RSVPs to participate or attend this event are now closed.

Cap and gown are optional for the Physics Department Graduation Celebration.  You may reserve your cap and gown and also parking to attend the Physics Department Graduation Celebration through the UW Commencement registration form ( which will be open through May 24, 2024 with a $20 late fee.

Those who are interested in the campus-wide ceremony at Husky Stadium, please visit the UW Commencement website for schedule details for the stadium event, cap and gown orders (required if you attend the Husky Stadium ceremony), parking (for Physics Department or Husky Stadium events), tickets (to the Husky Stadium ceremony), and registration to participate at Husky Stadium.  The campus-wide ceremony at Husky Stadium opens their doors at 12:30pm with the procession at 1:30pm—It is possible for you to attend both the Physics event and this if you choose!

The campus wide ceremony is managed entirely by the Office of Ceremonies.  For any questions about the campus wide ceremony, visit their website:

For questions about the Physics Department Graduation Celebration, please contact Physics Student Services at


Please note slight differences between rooms


Doors open 9:30 AM. If you arrive before our event begins, you may locate your seats in the appropriate auditorium (signage will be posted to direct you).


9:45 AM: Gather for group photo by “the Peanut” before our celebration begins.

PAA A102: All PhD and PMSP students. Includes late-registering PhD and PMSP graduates. Undergraduates with last names A-L.

9:55 AM: Students and guests are seated in designated room

10:00 AM: Opening remarks by Professor Laurence Yaffe

10:05 AM: Presentation of PhD and PMSP graduates and late-RSVP PhD and PMSP graduates.

10:25 AM: Presentation of undergraduate students (A-L)

11:15 AM: Final Congratulations!

PAA A118: Undergraduates with last names M-Z. Late-registering undergraduates regardless of last name.

9:55 AM: Students and guests are seated in designated room

10:00 AM: Opening remarks by Professor Alejandro Garcia

10:05 AM: Presentation of undergraduate students and late-RSVP undergraduates regardless of last name.

11:15 AM: Final Congratulations! 


11:15 AM: Please enjoy a casual reception of coffee, juice and pastries in Mark N. McDermott Plaza. The campus-wide Husky Stadium ceremony opens doors at 12.30 PM with the procession at 1:30 PM for those who registered with the Commencement Office.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Do I need to purchase or reserve tickets to attend?

No, we are not distributing tickets. We ask that all registered graduates and their guests arrive on time. Participating graduates who registered with Physics Students Services may bring no more than 5 guests.

  1. How many guests can I bring?

A registered graduate may invite up to 5 guests. We are using the honor system, so please do not bring more than the allotted number. Bringing extra people may result in someone else’s guests not being able to sit, could result in a violation of room occupancy, and cancellation of the event.

  1. What should I wear?

Business casual is acceptable dress code for everyone. Participating graduates may wear a graduation robe if one was ordered.

  1. How do I get a parking permit?

Please view information on graduation event parking: 

  1. Will there be accessible seating or accommodations?

There is accessible seating at the top of both Physics Astronomy Auditorium ( A102 and A118 rooms which will be labelled for individuals who need these seats and are first come first served.  

The descending rows require the use of stairs. 

If you require additional accommodations, reach out to us ( at least 7 days in advance.

  1. Where is the Physics Department Graduation Celebration located?

The street address for Physics Astronomy Auditorium (PAA is 3910 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105. HOWEVER, please drop off attendees and guests to PAA via the W. Stevens Way NE side, by entering the UW campus at NE 40th St. The 15th Ave NE side has stairs (no elevator access) and no place to drop off. Please see map below:

Directions to Physics Graduation in PAA

Please let us know if you have questions, and we look forward to celebrating with you!