Graduation

UW-Madison Spring 2021 Commencement 

After a year in which students faced many challenges, University of Wisconsin–Madison leaders announced plans to hold in-person commencement ceremonies for spring 2021 graduates at Camp Randall.

The university held two ceremonies on Saturday, May 8 — one for undergraduates at noon, the other for all graduate degree candidates at 4pm.

Because of the ongoing pandemic, these in-person gatherings were limited to graduates only, no guests. Family members, friends and graduates who were unable to attend had the opportunity to watch a livestream of the ceremonies and participate in other virtual engagements.

School of Nursing Spring 2021 Celebrations

Per campus policy, the School of Nursing celebrated graduates virtually this year. See below for more details.

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UW-Madison Undergraduate Commencement Spring 2021

Saturday, May 8, Noon
Bachelor’s Degree Candidate Ceremony

Keynote speaker: UW alumnus and Broadway star André De Shields

The in-person ceremonies are contingent on continued progress in controlling COVID-19 on campus and in the community. Health and safety requirements will include physical distancing and the wearing of face coverings. Participating graduates will need to be part of the Safer Badgers testing program and show a green Badger Badge on their Safer Badgers mobile app for entrance to Camp Randall. A green badge signifies adherence to campus safety protocols, including having a recent negative COVID-19 test result on file.

The ceremonies will include speeches, student entertainment, and the conferral of degrees.

Request a printed program to be mailed to you after the ceremony. Programs will not be distributed during the ceremonies, but will be available online through the commencement website.

Please visit the commencement website for more information, a set of FAQs, and the latest updates.

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Click here to view the 2021 Spring Commencement – Bachelor’s Degree Ceremony.

School of Nursing Undergraduate Celebration

Per campus policy, the School of Nursing celebrated spring 2021 graduates virtually.

“In past years, schools and colleges often have held their own events to honor graduates in addition to the campus-wide ceremonies. This spring, however, any additional celebrations will be virtual, not in-person.”

The School of Nursing’s recorded virtual program included all aspects of a traditional celebration.  The School of Nursing Undergraduate Celebration, along with the Announcement of Graduates courtesy of Empire Photography, can be found by visiting our Graduation Celebration 2021 website, or on YouTube (Celebration —- Announcement of Graduates).

 

School of Nursing Undergraduate Alumni Pinning Ceremony

The School of Nursing and Nurses Alumni Organization are proud to honor the history and tradition of the nursing pin, and the legacy of our nursing alumni. Select undergraduate students will be awarded an alumni pin, which has been donated back to the School with the promise to continue a strong nursing legacy. The pinning ceremony is a powerful way to connect students and alumni, and inspire the next generation of Badger nurses.

Event attendance for Spring 2021 is by invite only. Any questions can be directed to alumni@son.wisc.edu
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UW-Madison Graduate Commencement Spring 2021

Saturday, May 8, 4 p.m.
Graduate Degree Candidate Ceremony

(including Doctoral, Law, Medical, Professional, and Master’s Degree Candidates)
Keynote speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient: groundbreaking psychologist Dr. John Gottman, PhD

The in-person ceremonies are contingent on continued progress in controlling COVID-19 on campus and in the community. Health and safety requirements will include physical distancing and the wearing of face coverings. Participating graduates will need to be part of the Safer Badgers testing program and show a green Badger Badge on their Safer Badgers mobile app for entrance to Camp Randall. A green badge signifies adherence to campus safety protocols, including having a recent negative COVID-19 test result on file.

The ceremonies will include speeches, student entertainment, and the conferral of degrees.

Request a printed program to be mailed to you after the ceremony. Programs will not be distributed during the ceremonies, but will be available online through the commencement website.

Please visit the commencement website for more information, a set of FAQs, and the latest updates.

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Click here to view the 2021 Spring Commencement – Graduate Degree Ceremony.

School of Nursing Graduate Celebration

Per campus policy, the School of Nursing celebrated spring 2021 graduates virtually.

“In past years, schools and colleges often have held their own events to honor graduates in addition to the campus-wide ceremonies. This spring, however, any additional celebrations will be virtual, not in-person.”

Friday, May 7, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
The School of Nursing hosted a LIVE Zoom celebration and hooding ceremony. The event included all aspects of a traditional graduation celebration and took place in real-time.

The ceremony included a Welcome from Dean Scott and other faculty members, student remarks from elected graduation speakers (both DNP and PhD), and award winner recognition. The ceremony also included an announcement of each students’ name, dissertation title, and an individual time for each student to be on camera and either perform the hooding themselves or with a support persons help.

The School of Nursing Graduate Celebration, along with the Announcement of Graduates courtesy of Empire Photography, can be found by visiting our Graduation Celebration 2021 website, or on YouTube (Celebration —- Announcement of Graduates).

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Academic Attire

Academic attire is required for participation in the Spring 2021 ceremony. Graduates who are unable to attend the in-person ceremonies can also reserve attire to use for the virtual commencement, and for photo opportunities. Candidates should wear academic attire — cap and gown for all candidates, with a hood for master’s and doctoral candidates — appropriate to the degree to be conferred. To ensure that your academic regalia is reflective your intended degree, please place your reservation order through the University Book Store. View the University Book Store’s timeline for picking up attire. Call (608) 257-3784, extension 5924 if you have questions.

Orders must be placed with the University Book Store by April 12, 2021 to avoid a late fee.

Learn more about academic attire.

Diplomas & Covers

Diplomas will be mailed. Please be sure to update your Diploma Address in MyUW to ensure that these items reach you at the correct address. You can view step-by-step instructions for updating your address.

All diplomas will be mailed with a diploma cover once grades are entered by schools and colleges. Diplomas and covers will arrive approximately 6–8 weeks after commencement.

School of Nursing Pins

Nursing Pin Online Order Instructions were emailed to students in late February. Nursing pins can only be ordered once a year; ordering has closed for Spring 2021. If you would like the opportunity to order in the future, please email academic.affairs@nursing.wisc.edu.

You can learn more about the nursing pin’s symbolism and history here.

School of Nursing Spring 2020 Convocation

The School of Nursing celebrated Spring 2020 graduates virtually. Check out the linked page to view ways in which we recognized our graduating badger nurses!

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@nursing.wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5172