Graduation

Event Details

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April 27: School of Nursing and Nurses Alumni Organization Pinning Ceremony

The School of Nursing and the Nurses Alumni Organization will be honoring several undergraduate students who are selected to receive a nursing pin that was graciously donated by our nursing alumni. This virtual ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 27th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Central Time. There will be remarks from our NAO President, Dean Linda Scott, plus time for our students to meet the owner of the pin they are receiving. This is open to pin recipients and their families.

April 29: Senior Class Bash - Campus-Wide Event

Join fellow seniors at the Second Annual Senior Class Bash on Friday, April 29! Senior Bash will be held at the Memorial Union Terrace from 6–10 p.m. Enjoy live music, free food, games, professional photography, and other special surprises for seniors. Come join Bucky and grab a free brat on the Terrace to celebrate graduation!

May 2-11: Capture the Moment

Check out the following three events to get your picture taken to commemorate your time at UW–Madison. Wear your cap and gown, and Badger attire is also encouraged! Don’t have your cap and gown yet? No problem, reserve yours today at the University Book Store.

Graduate Portraits
If you’d like to get a professional photo taken in your graduation attire, graduate portrait sessions will be held on May 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, and 11 at Memorial Union, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. See TITU for room location; pre-registration is recommended.

Photos with Abe*
Take a photo with Abe at the top of Bascom Hill on May 2 and May 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date May 4). Save your spot today by signing up online.

Photos at the Arch*
Get your photo taken under the Arch at Camp Randall on Thursday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Save your spot today by signing up online.

*One free digital photo coupon will be provided for graduates who have photos taken at either Abe or the Arch. Be sure to tag your photo with #UWGRAD!

May 10: Student Send-Off

On May 10 from 3:30 – 5:30pm, all graduating nursing students are welcome to attend the Student Send-Off at Signe Skott Cooper Hall! There will be lawn games, photo opportunities, and lots of food. There is no formal programing; this is an opportunity for our graduating students to celebrate together all they have accomplished.

May 13: School of Nursing Spring 2022 Doctoral Celebration

Friday May 13, 2022

Doctoral Graduation Celebration and Hooding Ceremony
Time: 1:00 – 2:30pm
Location: Auditorium, Signe Skott Cooper Hall
The Doctoral Graduation Celebration and Hooding Ceremony is where we recognize our award winners, hear from our elected graduation speakers from both doctoral programs, and individually recognize each graduate as they walk across the stage and are hooded by their advisor. Doors open for guests at 12:30pm; all guests are required to have a ticket to enter. Dean Scott, graduates, and faculty will begin the processional promptly at 1:00pm. We ask that guests be seated prior to that time. Please plan plenty of time for traveling and parking. There will be reserved seats for graduates, faculty, and ADA accommodations; the guest ticket is for general admission.

Doctoral Reception
Time: 2:30 – 4:00pm, following the Hooding Ceremony
Location: Atrium, Signe Skott Cooper Hall
The Reception for Doctoral candidates is a time between the School of Nursing Graduation Celebration and the Kohl Center Commencement ceremony. Tickets are not required. Graduates and guests can grab a snack, mingle, and take pictures with peers and faculty!

**Tickets: Tickets are required for guests to attend the Doctoral Graduation Celebration and Hooding Ceremony at Cooper Hall. Students should indicate how many guest tickets they need in the RSVP/Petition to Graduate that will go out in late-March. Each student will be allotted 5 guest tickets maximum and can enter into a ticket lottery pool for a chance to receive ONE additional guest ticket if desired. Tickets will be distributed to Doctoral Degree Candidates on Tuesday April 26, 2022 from 12:00-1:00pm in the Cooper Hall Atrium.

Final Details for Doctoral Candidates

May 13: UW-Madison Spring 2022 Commencement - Doctoral and Professional Degree Candidates

Friday, May 13, 2022
Kohl Center, 5:30 p.m.

The ceremony will include remarks from Chancellor Rebecca Blank, UW System Board of Regents, and three Honorary Degree recipients. The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours. Degree candidate names will be read as they cross the stage and receive their diploma folder. Graduate seating is arranged by School, College, and Degree type. Faculty escorts are encouraged to participate with PhD candidates. There are no tickets required for attendees, seating is first come, first served. Families needing additional assistance or accommodations should see our section below about Kohl Center accessibility.

Graduates should arrive and be seated by 5:10 p.m. During the ceremony, we will recognize our Honorary Degree recipients, Krishna Ella ’93, Ernest Grant, and Keith Nosbusch ’74. Read more about their contributions to the Wisconsin Idea in this news story.

There are no tickets for the Friday ceremony, and guest seating is first come, first served. Graduates or guests needing assistance or accommodations at the Kohl Center should visit our accessibility resources to learn more. At Friday’s ceremony, diploma covers will be distributed to graduates, and names will be read. Cap and gown rentals are available through the University Book Store.

When should I arrive and where do I go?
Graduates should enter the arena at Gate A (West Dayton Street entrance). Access to candidate seating is via the grand staircase located outside Section 127. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

Graduates are asked to be in their seats no later than 5:10 p.m. Degree candidate seating will be in designated areas on the floor of the Kohl Center. Commencement Marshals wearing cardinal academic attire, as well as ushers and posted signs, will be present to provide seating directions and assistance when you arrive. No guests, including children, are permitted in the candidate seating area.

Kohl Center carry-in policy: No food or beverages of any kind are permitted from outside the stadium. Limited concessions will be available for purchase.
Graduate Seating Map

How will my name be read?
There is no separate registration process for commencement, and there is no master list that students’ names are read from. Each degree candidate’s chair will have a printed program, a two-part card, and a pencil. The top portion of the card will be used to announce your name as you cross the platform. It is important that you carefully and clearly print your name in LARGE CAPITAL LETTERS phonetically (as it sounds) on the card so that it will be legible to the reader. When you approach the stage, you will hand this card to a Marshal, who will read your name from the card, as you have written it, as you cross the stage.

How will graduate photographs work?
The lower portion of the card located at your chair will request your email and mailing address so that the professional photographer can send you complimentary proofs of your participation in the ceremony. Photographs will be taken as you receive your diploma folder and as you leave the stage. Proofs will be emailed out approximately 24 hours after the ceremony.

Faculty Escorts
Degree candidates with faculty escorts (PhD, DMA, MFA, MD) should ask their escorts to sit on their right. Escorts with two or more degree candidates are asked to cross the stage with all candidates at the same time (an escort typically won’t have time to cross the stage and go around the floor and back to the line to pick up subsequent candidates unless they are at the very front of the line).

Diploma Folder
You will receive a red diploma folder at the commencement ceremony. Your actual diploma will be mailed to the diploma address listed in your MyUW Student Center.

Live Stream
The commencement ceremony will be streamed live online through the University’s YouTube channel. A YouTube display will appear on the commencement home page about 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony. Graduates, family members, and guests can catch the ceremony live, or the ceremony recording will be available for viewing after the event at any time.

Public Health
A note about public health. UW-Madison ceremonies are campus events and are subject to campus event policy and current public health guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change at any time. Please continue to check the Commencement website and the COVID Response page for details pertaining to the impact of public health policy on the event. Barring changes in the public health policy UW is planning for in-person ceremonies for graduates, families and guests this spring.

Visit commencement.wisc.edu for additional information, including the graduate checklist, details on celebration eventsFAQs, and more!

May 14: UW-Madison Spring 2022 Commencement - Bachelor, Master, and Law Candidates

Saturday, May 14, 2022
Camp Randall Stadium, 12:00 Noon 

The ceremony will include remarks from Chancellor Rebecca Blank, UW System Board of Regents, our Keynote Speaker, and representatives from the Senior Class Office. The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes. Degree candidates will be recognized en masse by each school and college. Individual names will not be read. Graduate seating is arranged by School, College and Degree type. There are no tickets for attendees, seating is first come, first served. Graduates or guests needing assistance or accommodations should see our section below about Camp Randall accessibility.

A note about Camp Randall. Camp Randall Stadium is over 100 years old. The stadium is currently undergoing renovation of the South End Zone. The field for the stadium has been removed for the purposes of construction equipment and graduates will be seated either on the field, or in the stands, depending on the graduate seating map assignments. The Class of 2022 will have a unique commencement experience – a peek beneath the turf so to speak, and will be part of a new chapter in Camp Randall’s history. We look forward to making this a memorable and historic occasion for all who participate. The construction will not impact attendance capacity and we look forward to welcoming all who wish to attend.

Graduates should arrive and be seated by 11:20 a.m. This year’s keynote speaker will be Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield ’75, representative of the United States of America to the United Nations (Learn more!).

There are no tickets for attendees, and seating is first come, first served. Check out the Camp Randall and shuttle maps as you plan for the celebration. Graduates or guests needing assistance or accommodations at Camp Randall should visit our accessibility resources to learn more.

Graduates participating in the Saturday ceremony will receive their diploma folder when they pick up their cap and gown rental at the University Book Store, except for business and engineering degree candidates, whose school or college will distribute their diploma folder to them at their respective celebrations. Business and engineering grads not attending their school or college celebration can pick up their folder at the University Book Store or the Registrar’s Office.

Not sure if you want to attend in person at Camp Randall? Seeking indoor accessibility accommodations? Join fellow graduates and families for ceremony watch parties at either Memorial Union or Union South.

When should I arrive and where do I go?

The graduate entrance is located at Gate 5 (the student gate for football games) of Camp Randall Stadium. This is the only gate with access to candidate seating. Guests can enter the stadium through Gates 1, 7, 8, and 9. Gates open at 10 a.m. Graduates are encouraged to arrive through the North Lawn, located between Engineering Hall and the Engineering Parking Ramp, where graduate portraits can be taken.

Please be seated by 11:20 a.m. Graduates arriving late will be redirected to late arrival seating sections.

Once in the stadium, you’ll receive a bottle of water, a rally towel, and a printed program. Commencement Marshals in cardinal academic attire will be available throughout the candidate seating area to help you find a seat. Degree candidate seating will be designated by school, college, and degree type on the field, according to this graduate seating map. Seating is first come, first served.

Please note: the Camp Randall carry-in policy is in place—this means no backpacks, no food or beverages, and no selfie sticks. Please take a moment to review the other prohibited items, as they must be left at the gate and will be disposed of accordingly. Guests can bring in one sealed bottle of water.

Camp Randall Map
Graduate Seating Map

Where should I park?

We encourage you and your guests to seek parking away from Camp Randall, ideally at the west end of campus. Residence hall move-out will be occurring simultaneously with commencement, which will result in significant traffic congestion. Most university parking lots will be free and open to the public from noon on Friday, May 13, through 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 15 (no overnight parking). Parking zones and construction updates can be found on this Transportation Services map. A complimentary shuttle will run through campus from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. If you and your guests are able, walking is a great option, and many downtown hotels also offer a shuttle service.

Will there be professional photography at Camp Randall?

You will have the opportunity to have your graduate portrait taken by Empire Photography as you enter the stadium. It is recommended that graduates enter through the North Lawn, located between Engineering Hall and the Engineering Parking ramp, where graduate photos will be taken. You will be asked to provide your name, campus ID, and phone number for a link of photo proofs to be sent to you. This information will not be used for any other purposes beyond your photo proofs. Photo stations will be available after the ceremony concludes for any graduate who did not get their photo taken before the start of the ceremony.

What happens if it rains?

The weather in May can be unpredictable. Please dress accordingly, as the ceremony is outdoors and open to the elements. The ceremony will take place rain, snow, or shine. Only in the event of severe weather would a delay or cancellation occur. Updates regarding weather will be posted to the commencement websiteTwitter, and Instagram. Any severe weather adjustments would be sent out through the WiscAlert system to notify graduates of important changes to the schedule.

What else do I need to know?

Graduates are encouraged to designate a meeting place with guests outside of Camp Randall post-ceremony. Guests will not be allowed on the field at any time. Graduates can exit by gates in the north end zone, near Section Q and J, and Gate 5.

Live Stream

The commencement ceremony will be streamed live online through the University’s YouTube channel. A YouTube display will appear on the commencement home page about 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony. Graduates, family members, and guests can catch the ceremony live, or the ceremony recording will be available for viewing after the event at any time.

Public Health

A note about public health. UW-Madison ceremonies are campus events and are subject to campus event policy and current public health guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change at any time. Please continue to check the Commencement website and the COVID Response page for details pertaining to the impact of public health policy on the event. Barring changes in the public health policy UW is planning for in-person ceremonies for graduates, families and guests this spring.

Visit commencement.wisc.edu for additional information, including the graduate checklist, details on celebration eventsFAQs, and more!

May 14: School of Nursing Spring 2022 Baccalaureate Celebrations

Saturday May 14, 2022

Baccalaureate Reception
Time: 2:00 – 3:15pm
Location: Great Hall, 4th floor of Memorial Union
The Reception for Baccalaureate graduates is a time between the Camp Randall Commencement ceremony and the School of Nursing Graduation Celebration. Tickets are not required. Graduates and guests can grab a snack, mingle, and take pictures in this iconic Memorial Union space!
Students will be asked to make their way to the Memorial Union Play Circle starting at 2:45 to prepare for the ceremony.

Baccalaureate Graduation Celebration
Time: 3:30 – 5:00pm
Location: Shannon Hall, 1st floor of Memorial Union
The ceremony – Graduation Celebration – at Shannon Hall is where we recognize our award winners, hear from our elected graduation speakers from each undergraduate program, and recognize each graduate individually as they walk across the stage. Doors open for guests at 3:00 pm; all guests are required to have a ticket to enter. Dean Scott, graduates, and faculty will begin the processional promptly at 3:30 pm. We ask that guests be seated prior to that time. Please plan plenty of time for traveling and parking, or use of the free campus shuttles. There will be reserved seats for graduates and ADA accommodations; the guest ticket is for general admission.

**Tickets: Tickets are required for guests to attend the Baccalaureate Graduation Celebration in Shannon Hall. Students should indicate how many guest tickets they need in the RSVP that will go out in late-March. Each student is allotted 3 guest tickets and can enter into a ticket lottery pool for a chance to receive ONE additional guest ticket if desired. Tickets distribution for Accelerated BSN students will take place on Wednesday April 27, from 10:30-11:00AM in the Cooper Hall Atrium. Tickets distribution for Traditional BSN students will take place on Thursday April 28, from 11:30AM-12:00PM & 1:30-2:00PM in the Cooper Hall Atrium.

Final Details for Bachelor Degree Candidates

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.

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

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

Graduate students should contact Mariah Allen, Graduate Academic Services Coordinator, with any questions about eligibility.

Contacts

Darby Sugar

Position title: Director of Advising and Student Services

Email: darby.sugar@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5248

Address:
1145 Signe Skott Cooper Hall

Morgan Lewis

Position title: Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs

Email: mlewis7@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5202

Address:
1129 Signe Skott Cooper Hall