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HCDE Graduation Celebration

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering annually holds a ceremony to celebrate graduates from across our academic programs and recognize select students with awards for academic excellence; leadership; innovation; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Graduating students may invite their friends and family; tickets are not required.

2024 Graduation & Awards Ceremony

Friday, June 7
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
Husky Union Building (HUB) Ballroom, UW Seattle

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Information for Graduates

Post a message for the Class of 2024 in our Graduation Kudoboard


9:30 a.m.

Graduating student check-in begins

9:45 a.m.

Doors open for families and friends

10 a.m.

Graduation ceremony

+ Welcome remarks by HCDE Chair Julie Kientz
+ Graduation address by Trish Millines Dziko
+ Presentation of awards
+ Recognition of graduates

12 p.m.  Conclusion 

2024 Graduation Speaker


Trish Millines Dziko
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Technology Access Foundation


Trish Millines Dziko is a change agent, mentor, and advocate for children of color. In 1996 she left her successful 17 year career in the tech industry to ensure students of color had the same opportunities she had. Trish is the cofounder, Executive Director, visionary and strategist behind the Technology Access Foundation (TAF) — one of the leading education non-profits educating children of color to their full potential. Through Trish’s leadership, TAF transitioned from out of school programs to become a statewide leader in public education, operating TAF Academy (a 6th to 12th grade, award-winning public school co-managed with the Federal Way Public School District), created TransformED that partners with public schools to transform them to create healthy and safe learning environments that center student voice and cultivate students into socially conscious and self-aware critical thinkers, problem solvers, ideators, creators, and leaders. In addition, Trish led TAF through the creation of the Network for EdWork designed to recruit, retain and develop teachers of color for our Washington State public schools. Trish is a committed, proactive leader serving on boards of organizations that focus on children and education.

Information for graduates

Register in advance

Graduating HCDE MS, BS, and PhD students must RSVP for the 2024 HCDE Graduation Ceremony using this Google Form (UW login required) by May 22. In this form, students submit a brief statement that will be read as they cross the stage. 

Accessibility accommodations

Graduating students may request accessibility accommodations for themselves and their guests in the student RSVP form. If an accommodation is needed, please request that as soon as possible (students may return to the form at any time to finish the rest of their submission).


Wearing regalia is customary for students, but it is not required. Students order regalia via the University of Washington's order form. Review How to Wear Your Graduation Regalia | Cap & Gown (

Day of the ceremony

Prohibited items

  • Bullhorns, megaphones, whistles, or any other means of amplifying sound are prohibited.
  • Signs larger than 24”x24” are prohibited.
    Guests with signs or balloons are asked to remain near the back of the room to not block the view of other attendees.

Student entry  

  • Graduating student check-in opens at 9:15 a.m.
  • All students must stop by the booth to collect their name card before entering the Ballroom. 
  • Students enter through the side doors in the South Prefunction Room (located on the south side of the second floor, two floors above the HUB Starbucks).
  • Graduates will be seated together in the center of the ballroom, organized by MS, BS, and PhD graduates.

Guest entry

  • Guest entry opens at 9:30 a.m.
  • Visitors and families enter through the main ballroom doors.
  • Ushers will direct guests and visitors to their seating area. To protect the flow of traffic (and to adhere to fire regulations), guests are not permitted to stand unless prior accommodation requests have been made.
  • There will not be food or refreshments at the ceremony, so please plan accordingly. There is a convenience store and coffee shop in the ground floor of the HUB.


  • Graduating students may request accessibility accommodations for themselves and their guests in the student RSVP form.
  • ASL interpreters will be located near the front of the stage.
  • Seating for those with accessibility needs is located in the first two rows and is on a first come, first served basis. Please find the ushers when you arrive to find the accessible seats. Only one person may accompany individuals needing seating accommodations.



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