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Final steps  Graduation events

Final steps before you graduate


Apply for your degree

In order to formally graduate (i.e., earn your degree), students must apply for their degree. You may do this two quarters in advance. To submit a request to file for graduation, please see departmental Canvas page under “Graduation.”

Not sure if you’ve applied? You can verify the quarter you have applied to graduate by running a degree audit (DARS). If you have successfully filed, your anticipated quarter will show prominently on the top right corner.


File a spring MS degree request or schedule a spring PhD final exam in MyGrad by May 24

Complete MyGrad tasks, which makes you eligible to register for Commencement. Then, write to your academic adviser directly to inform them that you are in fact a summer quarter graduate. Your request will be canceled at the end of spring quarter and you will re-file during summer.


  • Set up email forwarding and migrate personal files off of UW servers
    • You will soon lose access to your UW email inbox and UW file storage/drives. Set up email forwarding on your UW account so that you will continue to receive messages sent to your UW email address, and migrate all personal files off of UW servers (U Drive, Google Drive, etc.).
  • Double-check in MyUW which option you have selected and that your mailing and permanent addresses are accurate.
    • Diplomas are mailed to the student’s address selected on MyUW (local or permanent) two to three months following graduation.

Connect with the department via LinkedIn

  • Now’s your chance! Invite classmates, professors and staff members to connect with you to start building your network of professional contacts.
  • Add University of Washington Mechanical Engineering to the Education section of your LinkedIn profile to show you’re a graduate of the department.
  • Follow ME’s page to get the latest news and updates from the department in your feed.

Register for Commencement and/or ME Department Celebration

Graduation events

Students are invited to attend both a ME Department Graduation Celebration and the UW Commencement Ceremony.

ME Department Graduation Celebration

A virtual ceremony was held live on June 13th, 2021.

Watch virtual ceremony recording  2021 Graduation Program

2021 Student Awards

At the end of each academic year, ME recognizes a few extraordinary graduates who have gone above and beyond their degree requirements.

🏆 Outstanding Scholar Award - Calvin Huynh
🏆 Outstanding Research Award - Kaylene Pang & Jessica Lelas
🏆 Student Ambassador Award - Shiraz Shahukar
🏆 Outstanding Design Award - Andrew Witt, Calvin Huynh, Scott Healy, Ginger Markow & Meagan Reasoner
🏆 Exceptional Master’s Thesis Award - Prasana Raut
🏆 Exceptional Master’s Project Award - Nana Yamagata
🏆 Exceptional Ph.D. Dissertation Award - Shen Ren
🏆 Outstanding TA Award - Johannes James & Kevin Beussman

UW Commencement Ceremony

On June 12, 2021, all Class of 2021 graduates, their families, and friends will be invited to join a live, interactive webcast to participate in the 2021 Commencement Ceremony.

Details can be found on the UW Commencement website