Undergraduate Graduation Events, Attire, and Pins

There are two distinct ceremonies that a nursing student can attend; University Commencement and the School of Nursing Convocation. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Commencement provides students with the experience of a Big Ten university ceremony while the School of Nursing convocation provides a personalized nursing ceremony. Please note that Academic Attire is required at both of these events.

These are the 2018 graduation events for undergraduate students:

School of Nursing Open House
Saturday, May 12, 2018           9:30 – 11:00am                 Cooper Hall

  • Open house the morning of Convocation for tours/walk-throughs
  • Light refreshments will be served

University Commencement for Bachelor’s Candidates
Saturday, May 12, 2018        12:00 noon – 1:15pm      Camp Randall Stadium

  • Academic Attire is required (see Academic Attire section below)
  • More information can be found here

Convocation Reception
2:00 – 3:30pm                    Great Hall/ Tripp Commons

  • No ticket required, everyone is welcome

School of Nursing Undergraduate Convocation
Saturday, May 12, 2018           3:30 – 5:00pm                 Shannon Hall, Memorial Union

  • Ticketed event, each student will initially be allowed a maximum 5 tickets
  • Tickets will be available for pickup in the academic affairs office in April. Picking up your tickets is your way of RSVPing.
  • Starting May 1st, we will accommodate additional requests for tickets using a lottery system
  • Announcement Invitations for Convocation will be available in the academic affairs office in March
  • Academic attire is required (see below).


Academic Attire

Academic Attire is ordered through the UW Bookstore, you can view a timeline/deadlines on their website.

April 6 is the final day to order rental attire without incurring an additional late fee.


Nursing Graduation Pins

Pin orders must be placed by March 6 and are $49 and $69 for gold plated and 1/10 10K gold filled respectively, plus a $1.50 shipping and handling fee. Pins will arrive before the 2nd week of May. Ordering instructions can be found here.


This post was authored by Kyle Sanger on 02/23/2018.