University of Wisconsin–Madison


Graduation Ceremonies

Graduation marks a very important step in the life of a student as an occasion of celebration and achievement. There are two distinct ceremonies that a nursing student should 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.

  • Graduation Events for Undergraduates

    School of Nursing Open House
    Saturday, May 12, 2017           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 tab)
    • More information can be found here

    School of Nursing Undergraduate Convocation
    Saturday, May 12, 2018           2:00 – 3:30pm                 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
    • 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

    Convocation Reception
    3:30 – 5:00pm                    Great Hall/ Tripp Commons

    • No ticket required, everyone is welcome
  • Graduation Events for Graduate Students

    School of Nursing Doctoral Convocation
    Friday, May 11, 2018           1:00 – 4:00pm                 Cooper Hall Auditorium

    University Commencement for Doctoral Candidates
    Friday, May 11, 2018        5:30 – 7:30pm                         Kohl Center

    • Academic Attire is Required (see Academic Attire tab)
    • More information can be found here
  • Academic Attire
    • Academic Attire is required to attend the University Commencement, it is optional for Convocation.
    • Detailed instructions for purchasing or renting academic attire is located on the UW Bookstore Website.
    • Orders are placed online, call (608) 257-3784, extension 5924 if you have questions.
  • School of Nursing 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.
    • Nursing Pin Online Order Instructions are available every year in January.
    • You can learn more about the nursing pin’s symbolism and history here.

Degree Conferral Information

Students in the last semester of their degree program will need to prepare for graduation. The following information will provide students with steps they need complete prior to their degree confirmation.

Undergraduate Students:

  1. Students must apply to graduate and can do so through their MY UW Student Center. Additional information is available on the Office of the Registrar web site.
  2. Check DARS Report to make sure all degree requirements have been met. Students should contact their adviser if they have questions.
  3. Degree Confer date will appear on a Student’s official transcript approximately three to four weeks after graduation.

Graduate Students:

DNP Students

Graduation Eligibility Requirements

  • you must be registered for a minimum of 2 credits your final semester
  • you must have a graduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • you cannot have any Incompletes on your record
  • you must complete all degree requirements – review the Degree Check under “Related Links” to ensure that all requisite coursework has been completed

Getting Your Degree

  • Submit a Petition to Graduate form to DNP Student Services Coordinator. If you plan to graduate in either May or August, submit the form by March 1.
  • Apply to graduate:
  • The Student Services Coordinator will file paperwork with the Graduate School and the Registrar’s Office to ensure that:
    • your transcript will list your population and role
    • your diploma will be mailed to you 3-4 months after your graduation date


Katie Bleier

Director of Advising and Student Services