Physician’s Oath and Hooding Ceremony


Date Saturday, May 27, 2023
Doors Open 12:45pm PT
Procession Starts 1:30pm PT
Location Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA & via livestream

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements


Exact requirements for 2023 will be confirmed closer to the event date. Requirements for the 2022 ceremony are included below for reference:

All graduates and attendees (including children) are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Test results must be provided by an accepted test provider, laboratory or health care provider. Graduates and attendees who do not meet this requirement will not be allowed to attend the ceremony.

  • Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination can be achieved by:
    • Showing your original physical vaccine card
    • Presenting a photograph of your vaccine card as a document
    • Presenting a photograph of your vaccine card on your electronic device
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test can be achieved by:
    • Showing a copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of the ceremony start time
    • Showing a copy of a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of the ceremony start time
    • Test results must be provided by an accepted test provider, laboratory or health care provider

Masks must be worn at all times within the building by all graduates and attendees.

Additional information about Benaroya Hall’s COVID prevention requirements and precautions is available on their website.


Watch the Ceremony

The 2023 Physician’s Oath & Hooding Ceremony will be available to livestream. The livestream will be posted below when available and will begin at 1:20pm PT on the day of the ceremony. You will need to click “play” on the video screen that will be posted below to join the stream. If you would like to watch the video in full screen, you will need to click the “Watch on YouTube” button in the bottom left of the video screen.

If you experience any technical challenges after 1:20pm PT, please make sure that you have pressed play, refresh your browser, and/or switch to a new browser (e.g. if you are using Firefox, please switch to Google Chrome or Safari, or vice versa).

About the Ceremony

The students graduating in 2023 are the 74th class to receive the degree of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from the University of Washington. The Physician’s Oath & Hooding Ceremony acknowledges the achievements of our medical students. Through the administration of the Hippocratic Oath or Physician’s Oath, the ceremony reminds the students of the high standards of performance and behavior to which each aspires and with which each is challenged as they enter upon professional careers as physicians.

Preparing for th​e Physician’s Oath & Hooding Ceremony​

University of Washington Commencement Ceremony

The University of Washington commencement ceremony will be held following the completion of spring quarter on June 10, 2023. Graduating M.D. students are welcome to participate in the event. All information and coordination for the event is done by the University’s Office of Ceremonies.