May 9, 2023

Registration is open for the 27th Annual University of Washington Black Graduation and Kente Ceremony.

Ceremony Information:
Date: Sunday, June 4, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion | 3870 Montlake Blvd NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Registration Deadline: Friday, May 12, 2023


The Black Graduation Ceremony is a pre-commencement celebration to honor African and African American students who through unyielding determination, have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from the University of Washington. The Ceremony is representative of African and African American culture and heritage, embraces the value of community and scholarship, and culminates with a Kente Stole presentation.

This is a Celebration for Graduates to be recognized for their accomplishments and provides an opportunity to honor significant people who have helped them achieve their goals. Students are honored together in one setting and their families also get the opportunity to celebrate their hard work and dedication.

*Note: This email is being sent to all Autumn 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023, and Summer 2023 graduates. You may have already registered to participate in this year’s ceremony. If you have, you do not need to re-register, your registration is confirmed*