Graduation Celebration

Sociology Graduation Celebration 2024: Wednesday, June 5, 2024

We are so happy to welcome our 2024 graduating Sociology majors, and their immediate families and friends to the in-person 2024 Sociology Graduation Celebration! Our event will be held indoors on Wednesday evening June 5, 2024 from 7-9pm in the Auditorium at Meany Hall, on the UW Campus.

The program at Meany will include:

  • Pre-show with graduating student slides from 6-7pm
  • Formal Procession of Faculty and Graduating Students
  • Chair’s Welcome
  • Department Awards
  • Voices of Sociology (video presentation)
  • Hooding of Ph.D. students
  • Recognition of all Graduates
  • Recessional 
  • Post-event photo opportunities with Professors, Instructors, TAs, and fellow graduates in the Meany Lobby
  • Photographs from this event, taken by the department, will be used for promotional and marketing purposes

COVID Recommendations

The Sociology department recommends that all guests be fully vaccinated and boosted. Masks will be available for graduates who would like one; audience members who would like to be masked will need to bring their own.


Students who graduated in Autumn 2023, Winter 2024, and students who have graduation applications on file for Spring 2024 and Summer 2024, are eligible to participate.

Academic Apparel

The Sociology Graduation Celebration is a formal event and all graduates are required to wear Caps & Gowns. Students may purchase their academic apparel on the Commencement website starting early May. Even if students are not planning to attend the UW Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 8th, they still need to purchase the academic apparel through the UW Commencement website. We recommend that students place their orders early.

Signing Up to Participate

Registration for the 2024 Sociology Graduation Celebration is separate from the registration for Commencement. All eligible graduates will be emailed a link to the Sociology Graduation Celebration in early May. Stay tuned for specific dates. 


Our event is intended for you and your immediate family. Graduates do not need tickets. There is no charge but there is a limit to how many tickets each graduate can request when they register for the Sociology event (in 2024 students were able to request 8 tickets). Beginning in 2025, the limit will be 5. We distribute tickets as fairly and equitably as we are able, please do not request more tickets than you need. EVERY GUEST NEEDS A PHYSICAL TICKET, including children (exception is babes in arms.) Meany Center has a limited number of seats and we cannot offer more tickets than there are seats available. 


We are aware of at least three (3) Graduation Celebrations taking place on Wednesday, June 5th so we expect parking to be EXTREMELY scarce on that day in the Central Plaza Garage. To make it less challenging (especially if any graduates and/or guests have mobility issues), we strongly recommend that graduates purchase:

  • Pre-paid parking permits

When Sociology graduates purchase their Cap & Gown from the Commencement website using the Registration/Order form, they can also purchase pre-paid parking tickets both for Commencement and for the Sociology Celebration. WE STRONGLY URGE YOU TO DO THIS!

  • Parking app: Pay-by-Phone

If you are willing to take chances, attendees and guests can use the Pay-by-Phone app to pay for parking the day of the event. NOTE: download the app ahead of time—there is no cell service in the Central Plaza garage! The location number for the Central Plaza Garage is 123211. There is no guarantee that there will be tickets available when you arrive at the Central Plaza Garage.

  • Public transportation

For public transportation options, check the information on the Commencement website 

Undergraduate Students

In order to receive an undergraduate degree, students need to complete a graduation application with an advisor. Make an appointment by emailing and fill out an application for graduation with an advisor. 

Graduate Students

To participate in Graduation, contact Susanna Hansson in the Sociology Advising Office.

International Students

Do you have guests who are traveling internationally to attend your graduation? See the UW Commencement site here for resources for guests who are flying in from different countries.

Frequently Asked Questions


2023 Voices of Sociology

We invite you to watch the latest Voices of Sociology video and learn why sociology matters to some of our graduates.




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