Graduation

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 11, 2019           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 11, 2019        12:00 noon – 1:15pm      Camp Randall Stadium

    • Academic Attire is Required (see Academic Attire tab)
    • More information can be found here

    Convocation Reception
    2:00 – 3:15pm                    Great Hall/ Tripp Commons

    • No ticket required, everyone is welcome

    School of Nursing Undergraduate Convocation
    Saturday, May 11, 2019           3:30 – 5:00pm                 Shannon Hall, Memorial Union

    • Academic Attire is required. (see Academic Attire tab)
    • Ticketed event, each student will initially be allowed a maximum 4 tickets
    • Tickets will be available for pickup in the academic affairs office April 15-26
    • 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–date to be determined.
  • Graduation Events for Graduate Students

    School of Nursing Doctoral Convocation
    Friday, May 10, 2019           1:00 – 4:00pm                 Cooper Hall Auditorium

    • Ticketed event, each student will initially be allowed a maximum 2 tickets
    • Tickets will be available for pickup in the academic affairs office April 15-26
    • Starting May 1st, we will accommodate additional requests for tickets using a lottery system

    University Commencement for Doctoral Candidates
    Friday, May 10, 2019        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 and Nursing Convocation.
    • Doctoral Tams may be purchased online from the University Bookstore.  Please see link to University Bookstore website and phone numbers below.
    • 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.
    • Final day to order without incurring a late fee is March 29.
    • Students facing financial hardship, who cannot afford to rent their academic attire and who wish to attend Convocation but not the University Commencement event, can submit the school’s Petition for Special Consideration. This petition will be used as a scholarship application to support the costs associated with renting a cap and gown. The petition must be received on/by April 1.
  • School of Nursing Pins
    • Pin orders must be placed by March 5 and are $44.50 and $64.50 for gold plated and and 1/10 10K gold filled respectively, plus a $10.00 shipping and handling fee.  Pins should arrive if ordered by March 5 on May 1st or before.
    • Nursing Pin Online Order Instructions. 
    • 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 & PhD Students

Graduation Eligibility Requirements 
  • Enrolled for a minimum of 2 credits during final semester
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No Incomplete grades
  • All degree requirements met

Contact Kristi Hammond, Graduate Academic Services Coordinator, with any questions about eligibility.

Getting Your Degree
  • All students apply to graduate through the MyUW Student Center: http://registrar.wisc.edu/apply_to_graduate.htm
  • DNP students submit DNP Program Petition to Graduate
  • PhD students submit PhD Final Warrant Request
  • Diplomas are mailed to address on file 2-4 months after graduation

Contacts

Katie Bleier

Director of Advising and Student Services

katie.bleier@wisc.edu

608-263-5172