Graduation

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Virtual Commencement Spring 2020

University of Wisconsin–Madison May Commencement Ceremonies have been postponed due to ongoing public health concerns. We hope to be able to gather in-person for a rescheduled ceremony, and we will provide more information as we are able. In order to celebrate all of our graduates and their achievements, a commencement website will feature content for our graduates and a virtual Commencement Ceremony video will be published on Saturday, May 9, at noon CST.

 

What will be included in the virtual Commencement Ceremony video?
Senior Class Officers are working closely with university leadership to provide a meaningful and commemorative video for the graduates of the Class of 2020. In addition to remarks from Chancellor Rebecca Blank, Senior Class Vice President Alyssa Birkeland, and Senior Class President Lauren Sorensen, your degree will also be conferred during this video, and we hope to be able to include remarks from our keynote speaker, James Patterson. Save the date with your family and friends and tune in together—even if you are apart—to celebrate your commencement with fellow classmates of the Class of 2020 on Saturday, May 9, at noon CST.

Will there still be a Commencement program?
Yes, we will provide a program online via PDF during the week of Commencement (May 4–9). Graduates can also request printed copies to be mailed to a home address; there is no cost for the commemorative program or for shipping. Requests must be submitted by Monday, May 11.

Have more questions?
Additional information about the virtual Commencement Ceremony and the ways that graduates can celebrate will be provided in an upcoming email. If you have any questions, please visit our website www.commencement.wisc.edu or email commence@chancellor.wisc.edu.

*Please see the Academic Attire and Diplomas & Covers tabs for more information from UW on those topics.

We look forward to celebrating with you, virtually, on Saturday, May 9. Please continue to watch for additional email communications regarding how you can get involved and share your story at #UWGrad.

 

Academic Attire - Extended Deadlines due to Postponement of Commencement

The University Book Store has extended the deadline for placing new reservations, and shipping is free, including a return mailer. Graduates can keep their attire until the university has made an announcement regarding the re-scheduled ceremony. If you have not yet made your reservation, you can still do so online. Reservations that have already been placed for cap and gown can be adjusted to include a shipping address, again at no cost to you. Additionally, graduates wishing to cancel their reservations for rental attire will be refunded in full. For more information about available options, including how to make adjustments to existing orders, please visit: https://www.uwbookstore.com/May-Graduation-Timeline

Diplomas & Covers - Mailing Information due to Postponement of Convocation

As long as you meet degree requirements, you will still receive your diploma through the normal process for distribution to graduates. Diplomas will be mailed, and UW will also be mailing the University of Wisconsin diploma folder/cover. 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. These items will be mailed out 6–8 weeks after semester grades have been submitted.

Graduation Events for Undergraduates - Postponed

University Commencement for Bachelor’s Candidates
Postponed: This will be updated as we get more information from the University (3/24/2020)

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

School of Nursing Undergraduate Reception
Postponed: This will be updated as we get more information from the University (3/24/2020)

  • No ticket required; everyone is welcome at the reception. The reception is a social gathering for students, faculty, staff, and guests. Refreshments will be provided.

School of Nursing Undergraduate Convocation
Postponed: This will be updated as we get more information from the University (3/24/2020)

  • Ticketed event: Each student will initially be allowed a maximum 4 tickets.
  • Tickets will be available for pickup in the Atrium on April 14 from 1-2pm, or at the Academic Affairs Front Desk April 15 – April 20, 8am-4pm.
  • By accepting tickets, students are confirming that they will be attending Convocation (RSVP).
  • We will accommodate additional requests for tickets using a lottery system. . Students can sign up for additional lottery tickets when they pick up their initial 4 tickets. Students will be notified by April 24 regarding any additional tickets they may have received in the lottery. If granted (via the April 24 notification), lottery tickets will be available for pick up in the Atrium on April 28 from 1-2pm, or at the Academic Affairs Front Desk April 29 – May 5, 8am-4pm.
  • Announcement Invitations for Convocation will be available in the Academic Affairs Office.
  • Academic Attire is required. See Academic Attire tab for more details.

Graduation Events for Graduate Students - Postponed

School of Nursing Doctoral Convocation/Hooding Ceremony
Postponed: This will be updated as we get more information from the University (3/24/2020)

  • Ticketed event: Each student will initially be allowed a maximum 5 tickets.
  • Tickets will be available for pickup in the Academic Affairs Office April 15 – April 22, 8am-4pm.
  • By accepting tickets, students are confirming that they will be attending Convocation (RSVP).
  • We will accommodate additional requests for tickets using a lottery system. Students can sign up for additional lottery tickets when they pick up their initial tickets. Students will be notified by April 24 regarding any additional tickets they may have received in the lottery. If granted (via the April 24 notification), lottery tickets will be available for pick up at the Academic Affairs Front Desk from April 29 – May 5, 8am-4pm.

School of Nursing Doctoral Reception
Postponed: This will be updated as we get more information from the University (3/24/2020)

  • No ticket required; everyone is welcome at the reception. The reception is a social gathering for students, faculty, staff, and guests. Refreshments will be provided.

University Commencement for Doctoral Candidates
Postponed: This will be updated as we get more information from the University (3/24/2020)

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

School of Nursing Pins

  • Nursing Pin Online Order Instructions were emailed to students in late February.
  • 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

Darby Sugar

Director of Advising and Student Services

darby.sugar@nursing.wisc.edu

608-263-5172