2024 PMP graduation reception

Join us on Wednesday, June 5, from 7:00-10:00pm at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland, WA for an evening of merriment and celebration with this year's PMP grads!

All Allen School CSE PMP graduates from autumn 2023, winter 2024, and spring 2024 are invited, and everyone receives a plus-one for a spouse, partner, or someone else.

What to expect

Plenty of time to reminisce and reconnect with your fellow PMP grads and program staff, with lots of food and drinks! Graduates can anticipate a large spread of hors d'oeuvres, bites, and a dinner buffet, with an open bar serving cocktails, beer, wine, and non-alcoholics.

Grads will receive a special graduation gift to take with them, along with a selection of sweet Allen School swag. There also will be a professional photographer on-site to capture you and your guests and classmates looking fabulous and having fun!

RSVP and individual recognition

Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 22.
All graduates are asked to fill out the form, even if they will not join us.

In addition to grads' RSVP, the form collects information from grads about their accomplishments during the PMP, self- shout-outs, and gives grads the chance to send a celebratory "tweet" to their fellow graduates. This information is compiled into a customized slide highlighting YOU that will be shown during the reception. This ensures that everyone has the chance to be individually honored and recognized, whether or not they attend the reception. Feel free to get creative- the form accepts emojis. 😊 🌟 🎓 🎷

Information for reception attendees

How to RSVP

The RSVP form is here. Please respond by Wednesday, May 22.

Reception date and time

Wednesday, June 5, 7:00-10:00pm

Reception location:

Woodmark Hotel, Marina Room
1200 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA 98033
Click for directions.

The reception will take place in the Marina Room, which is below a restaurant called Le Grand Bistro. To find the Marina Room:

  • From the covered parking garage, follow signs to the Marina Room.
  • From the roundabout at the end of Lakeview Drive, walk down the stairs toward the water and turn left.
  • From the uncovered parking, walk toward the water and follow the outdoor footpath toward the hotel.


Parking is on-site: enter the property on Lakeview Drive and make a left for above-ground parking. Or, make a U-turn at the roundabout and use the underground parking garage entrance on the right, just before Starbucks.


As this is not a formal graduation ceremony, graduation regalia (cap and gown) are not required nor expected.

It is, however, a reception being held in your honor! Graduates and their guests often decide to dress festively to match the occasion, and in the past have typically opted for attire that falls somewhere between "business casual" and "cocktail party", whether that be in western dress or that of their home country or culture. In any case, there is no expectation for a particular style of dress, nor a dress code.

Accessibility and Accommodations

The RSVP form collects attendees' and their guests' accessibility needs and allergies/dietary restrictions. Attendees are also welcome to connect with Kate in advance to discuss the venue, food, and anything else that might support their comfort and ability to enjoy the reception.

The Marina Room and surrounding patio are flat, though the Marina Room does have 2-3 low stairs between the buffet and seating areas and there are 2 low stairs outside between the patio and walking path. The Woodmark Hotel website has a 3-D virtual tour of the Marina Room, here.

A slide show will run on a cycle during the reception; it does not have bright flashes or strobe effects. At one point, short remarks will be given by a live speaker in English.

Event photography

Professional photographer Matt Hagen will be on-site during the reception to capture photos of students and their guests looking nice and having fun celebrating with their fellow graduates! An image gallery will be shared with student attendees and the photos are yours to keep. Images may be retained by the PMP for promotional (not commercial) purposes, and UW's standard personal release applies to photography at this event.

More graduation events

Allen School PMP graduates may also participate in these other graduation celebrations around campus:

Friday, June 9: Allen School formal graduation celebration in the Hec Ed Pavilion
Saturday, June 10: UW-wide Commencement Ceremony in Husky Stadium