April 22, 2024

Registration is currently open for the 28th Annual University of Washington Black Graduation and Kente Ceremony. 

Ceremony Information:

  • Date: Sunday, June 2, 2024
  • 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 10, 2024


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.

New this year:  This ceremony is now open to all Black graduates from ALL three University of Washington campuses! That is correct, UW Tacoma and UW Bothell students are invited to participate in this year’s ceremony!

This is a Celebration for Graduates to be recognized for their accomplishments and provided an opportunity to honor significant people who have helped them achieve their goal. 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 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024 graduates and/or those with enough credits to graduate. If you have not graduated or not planning to graduate this year, please ignore this email.