Spring Graduation

Graduation Information

Undergraduate Students

BSN students must apply to graduate regardless of their Graduation weekend attendance plans. In order to have your name appear in the University Commencement program, you must complete the online Apply to Graduate application in your MyUW Student Center by Friday, March 29, 2024. Visit the Office of the Registrar’s webpage for detailed instructions on how to apply to graduate.

BSN students should review their DARS to make sure all degree requirements have been met. If you have any questions regarding degree requirements, contact your academic advisor.

Doctoral Students

In order to have your name appear in the University Commencement program, doctoral students must complete the online Apply to Graduate application in their MyUW Student Center by Friday, March 29, 2024. Visit the Office of the Registrar’s webpage for detailed instructions on how to Apply to Graduate. PhD students are strongly encouraged to indicate a Faculty Escort in the ATG application. More information will be shared separately with Faculty Escorts as we approach the ceremony.

Doctoral students should verify they meet the graduation eligibility requirements for DNP & PhD students: (1) be enrolled for a minimum of 2 credits during your final semester, (2) have a 3.0 GPA, (3) have no “Incomplete” grades, (4) meet all other degree requirements. Additionally, PhD students must submit a PhD Final Warrant Request. A student does not need a warrant requested in order to attend commencement; however, a warrant is required to have a degree awarded.

Doctoral students should contact their School of Nursing Graduate Student Academic Advising Manager with any questions.

Visit the Graduate School’s website for additional information regarding completing your Doctoral degree.

Academic Attire is required for UW Commencements Ceremonies and School of Nursing Celebrations. To ensure your academic regalia is reflective of the University’s current specifications, please place your order through the University Book Store.

April 5, 2024 – Deadline to receive the early Badger discount of $20 off academic attire rental (online or in person)
May 3, 2024 – Deadline to rent academic attire online
May 10, 2024 – Deadline to rent academic attire in person (Lower Level Service Counter of 711 State St. store)

Review the University Book Store’s May 2024 Timeline for additional instructions and deadlines.

Undergraduate Students

Cap & Gown: All graduates must wear a cap and gown to participate in Campus Commencement as well as the School of Nursing Baccalaureate Graduation Celebration. BSN students should receive a 4-sided mortarboard cap with an apricot colored tassel and a bachelor’s style gown.

Honors Stole: The honors stole is a white stole with three cardinal bars. Undergraduate students in the Honors Program are eligible to wear an honors stole. Stoles are not yet available but will be purchase-only through the University Book Store.

Scholastic Achievement Stole: The scholastic achievement stole is a solid cardinal red stole. Undergraduate students ranking in the top 20% of their class will graduate with Distinctive Scholastic Achievement and are eligible to wear a scholastic achievement stole. SoN will notify students who qualify for Distinctive Scholastic Achievement by the end of April. Once notified, those who qualify can purchase the Graduation Stole of Distinction through the University Book Store.

Sigma Honor Cords: Students in Sigma Theta Tau can wear an honors cord as part of their academic regalia, signifying their membership in the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Information on how to obtain a cord will be provided at a later time.

Bachelor’s Hood: BSN students who have a previous bachelor’s degree and will be earning a second (or third, or fourth…) bachelor’s degree are eligible to wear a bachelor’s hood as part of their academic attire. The hood’s coloring varies and is determined by the previous degree that was earned and the color/s of the institution where it was earned. The hood is $40 to rent (this is in addition to the price of your chosen academic attire package). If you qualify and would like to rent a bachelor’s hood, view the email from Academic Affairs sent on February 12, titled “Academic Attire – 2nd Degree Bachelor Hood” for the correct link; the hood rental will NOT appear on the public website so you must follow the link provided. To ensure you receive the correct previous degree and Alma Mater color, place your rental order by Monday, March 25, 11:59pm. The site will close on Tuesday, March 26.

Rent vs. Purchase

Gowns and hoods can be rented or purchased. The majority of graduates choose to rent. For Bachelor’s attire, gowns and hoods are rented separately. A cap and tassel comes with the gown rental but graduates keep them (i.e., do not return cap or tassel). Stoles must be purchased.

Rental options include:

Once you “ADD TO CART,” you will receive a pop-up menu. Under School/College select “School of Nursing-Apricot” and enter “Nursing” under Subject of Studies.

Double majoring and want a keepsake tassel in each major’s color? No problem! If you would like to get a tassel in both the School of Nursing apricot color and your additional major’s color, you can order one tassel with your gown rental and one tassel through the Book Store’s “tassel only package” for $10. You should still only wear one tassel during Commencement and the SoN event, but you will have one tassel from both majors as a keepsake if desired.

Doctoral Students

Cap & Gown: All graduates must wear a cap and gown to participate in Campus Commencement as well as the School of Nursing Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.

  • DNP students should receive an 8-sided tam with a gold tassel, a doctoral style gown, and a doctoral hood in apricot
  • PhD students should receive an 8-sided tam with a gold tassel, a doctoral style gown, and a doctoral hood in blue

Sigma Honor Cords: Students in Sigma Theta Tau can wear an honors cord as part of their academic regalia, signifying their membership in the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Information on how to obtain a cord will be provided at a later time.

Rent vs. Purchase

Gowns and hoods can be rented or purchased. The majority of graduates choose to rent. A keeper tam and tassel comes with the gown rental (i.e., do not return tam or tassel).

Rental options include:

Once you “ADD TO CART,” you will receive a pop-up menu:

  • DNP students should select “Doctor of Nursing Practice-Apricot” under School/College and enter their population track under Subject of Studies
  • PhD students should select “Doctor of Philosophy-Blue” under School/College and enter “Nursing” under Subject of Studies

Diploma Covers

Diploma Covers for Undergraduates: Diploma covers are available for pick up at the UW Bookstore State Street location (can be picked up when you pick up your academic attire order). Covers will not be handed out at the Camp Randall or Shannon Hall events.

Diploma Covers for Doctoral Candidates: Diploma covers will be available at the May 10 Kohl Center Ceremony. They are also available for pick up at the UW Bookstore State Street location.

Diplomas

Diplomas will be mailed to the designated Diploma Address in your MyUW Student Center 6-8 weeks after Commencement. Please be sure to update your Diploma Address in MyUW to ensure that these items reach you. The Diploma address can be the same as your home address, but there must be an address listed in Student Center with an address type of “Diploma.”

To avoid a delay in receiving your diploma, verify that you do not have any holds on your account in MyUW > Student Center > Tasks that will prevent the release of your diploma. These holds will be marked as “Hold Records.”

Questions? View the Office of the Registrar’s comprehensive list of frequently asked questions regarding diplomas.

Student Name on Diploma

You can choose whether you want your legal name or name in use/preferred name on your diploma. In Student Center, the apply for graduation action asks you to select your diploma name. If you have already applied to graduate, you can go back into the application and change your diploma name preference if you wish (e.g. to change from legal to name in use). If you do not complete an application for graduation, your diploma name will default to your legal name.

You can make changes to your name in use or legal name in your Student Center after initially applying to graduate. The name in use or legal name at the time of the diploma order is what will be printed on the diploma. Any changes after the degree conferral date are not guaranteed to be reflected on your diploma due to the timing of degree posting and diploma ordering. 

Please note that changes to name in use/legal name after the apply to graduate deadline will not impact the name that appears on the commencement program. 

If you have any questions about the name that will print on your diploma, please contact the Office of the Registrar directly.

NOTE: The information on this page does not pertain to the Graduation Alumni Pin Recipient Award; this information is regarding YOUR alumni pin. Information about the Graduation Alumni Pin Recipient Award can be found here.

Students graduating with their BSN can order their alumni pin through our partners at J. Brandt Recognition! Learn more about the nursing pin’s symbolism and history here. J. Brandt Recognition only manufactures the UW-Madison nursing pin once a year; if you do not order the pin during the spring semester before your graduation but decide you would like to in the future, you can contact the School of Nursing Advancement Manager and they will provide you with a timeline and details on ordering a pin.

2024 BSN Alumni Pin Ordering Instructions

Celebrate your UW Madison nursing degree with a custom nursing pin! Ordering is quick and easy following the instructions below.

DEADLINE: Tuesday, March 5, 2024 @ 5:30pm CST
SET A REMINDER – LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

  1. Visit:  https://jbrandt.com/student-customer-login/
  2. Enter Customer Code (BSN students can find this code in an email sent from academic.affairs@nursing.wisc.edu on 2/8/2024)
  3. Make your pin selection!
  4. After you “Add to Bag,” review your order and “Checkout” (or “Keep Shopping”)
  5. Type in your email address.  You may set up an account, but it is not necessary.
  6. Complete Shipping & Billing details with your personal information.
  7. Complete payment details and place order! You will receive an Order # on the screen after you submit your payment. If you don’t receive this your order might not have processed.

Pins will ship to your desired shipping location to arrive before May 9, 2024!

Undergraduate Students

Guest tickets are REQUIRED for a seat in Shannon Hall. All graduating BSN students are guaranteed 4 guest tickets to the ceremony if desired. YGraduating students must claim their allocated guest tickets through the RSVP survey, due end of day March 21, 2024.

The ceremony will be livestreamed – guests who attend the reception but do not have a ticket for the ceremony are welcome to remain in Memorial Union and watch via livestream on their own device.

NOTE: If making plans for dinner following the ceremony, we recommend making reservations that start no sooner than 6:30pm.

Graduate Students

Guest tickets are REQUIRED for a seat in the Auditorium and the School of Nursing Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. All graduating Doctoral students are guaranteed 4 Auditorium guest tickets if desired. Graduating students must claim their allocated guest tickets through the RSVP survey, due end of day March 21, 2024.

After all graduates have claimed their desired number of Auditorium guest tickets, there will be a ticket lottery where graduates may be able to get additional tickets based on how many are remaining. Guests without a ticket are still welcome to attend the Hooding Ceremony and will be able to watch via livestream in viewing rooms throughout Cooper Hall.

The ceremony will be livestreamed to the School of Nursing YouTube page so support people who are unable to attend in person are able to watch the ceremony from elsewhere!

Students graduating in Spring 2024 will NO LONGER have indefinite access to their netid@wisc.edu email account, calendar, contacts, and tasks. After graduation, students will have access to their email account for 9 months. Beginning 90 days before their account is deactivated, DoIT will send periodic emails to their netid@wisc.edu email notifying them of the date they’ll lose access. Students are encouraged to move files and data before they lose access. Visit DoIt’s article, “What happens to students’ email and other IT services after graduation?” for more information and recommended steps to take before graduation. Students are encouraged to reach out to the Help Desk with any questions.

Continuing as Faculty or Staff at UW upon graduation?
As long as you will be converted to faculty or staff immediately upon graduation, or are already working in an employment position that will not end following your graduation, you will continue to be eligible for the same IT services as when you were a student.

Undergraduate Students

2024.03.21_Regalia Scholarship
2024.03.19_BSN Graduation Update: RSVP, Tickets, Graduation Speaker Vote, 2nd Degree Hood, Apply to Graduate, Other Campus Events
2024.03.18_Graduation Speaker Vote, ABSN & TBSN
2024.03.04_BSN RSVP
2024.02.20_BSN Weekly Update: Wisc Email
2024.02.13_BSN Weekly Update: Alumni Pin Ordering, Bachelor Hoods, Additional Keepsake Tassels, Diplomas, Diploma Covers, & Diploma Name
2024.02.12_2nd Degree Bachelor Hoods
2024.02.08_Alumni Pin Ordering Instructions
2024.02.06_BSN Weekly Update: Save the Dates, Apply to Graduate, Academic Attire, Awards & Recognitions
2024.02.05_Awards & Recognitions Nominations

Doctoral Students

2024.03.21_Regalia Scholarship
2024.03.19_Doctoral Graduation Update: RSVP, Graduation Speaker Vote, Apply to Graduate, Other Campus Events
2024.03.18_Graduation Speaker Vote, DNP & PhD
2024.03.04_Doctoral RSVP
2024.02.20_Doctoral Weekly Update: Wisc Email
2024.02.13_Doctoral Weekly Update: Save the Dates, Summer Graduates, Academic Attire, Apply to Graduate, Guest Tickets, Diplomas, Diploma Covers, Diploma Names, Awards & Recognitions
2024.02.05_Awards & Recognitions Nominations

Faculty & Staff

2024.03.04_Faculty&Staff RSVP
2024.02.05_Awards & Recognitions Nominations

Campus Communications

View communications regarding Campus Commencement here!

Events

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April 24: School of Nursing and Nurses Alumni Organization Pinning Ceremony

The School of Nursing and the Nurses Alumni Organization will honor undergraduate students who are selected to receive a nursing pin graciously donated by nursing alumni. This virtual ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 24th from 5:30-7:00 pm Central Time. There will be remarks from the NAO President and Dean Linda Scott, plus time for students to meet the owner of the pin they are receiving. This event is open to pin recipients and their families.

May 7: Student Send-Off

On May 7, 2024, from 4:30-7:00pm, all graduating nursing students are welcome to attend the Student Send-Off at Signe Skott Cooper Hall! There is no formal programing; this is an opportunity for our graduating students to celebrate together all they have accomplished. In years past we have had yard games, a photo booth, pizza, ice cream, and even a visit from Bucky Badger!

May 10: School of Nursing Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

School of Nursing Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
Time: 1:00 – 2:30pm
Location: Auditorium, Signe Skott Cooper Hall
The Doctoral 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. 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 remaining seats will be general admission.

Guest tickets are required to sit in the Auditorium for the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. Overflow viewing will be available in classrooms within the School of Nursing; guests who do not have a ticket to sit in the Auditorium will be able to watch a livestream of the ceremony in specified areas of Cooper Hall. The number of allocated guest tickets per graduate will be communicated via the student RSVP survey in early-March. Ticket distribution will take place in Cooper Hall during student programming hours or between classes – dates and times will be announced closer to graduation.

Doctoral Reception
Time: 2:30 – 4:00pm, following the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
Location: Atrium, Signe Skott Cooper Hall
Tickets are not required. Graduates and guests can grab a snack, mingle, and take pictures with peers and faculty!

May 10: UW-Madison Spring 2024 Commencement - Doctoral & Medical Professional Degree Candidate Ceremony

Top 5 Things to Know

  1. On Friday May 10th doors open at the Kohl Center at 3:30 p.m. The ceremony typically lasts approximately 2-2.5 hours. A livestream of the ceremony will be available on YouTube.
  2. Guests, family members, and friends are welcome to attend. There is no ticketing for attendance and seating is general admission, first-come, first-served. If you are a graduate in need of accommodations, please email accessibility@chancellor.wisc.edu. Additional information is also available on the Kohl Center accessibility page.
  3. Doctoral, MFA and Medical Degree Professional graduates will have their names read as they cross the stage and receive their diploma folder at the Kohl Center ceremony.  Degree candidates be seated by school, college, or degree. Seating is not pre-assigned by graduate name and is first-come, first-served.
  4. Diplomas will be mailed out to graduates 6-8 weeks after grades are entered. To ensure that diplomas are mailed to the correct address, update your home address in MyUW.
  5. No guests, including children (with the exception of nursing parents) are permitted in the candidate seating area. No food or beverages of any kind are permitted. Please review the carry-in policy as well as the metal detector procedures to plan accordingly. Flowers are allowed inside the Kohl Center, however glass containers, balloons, backpacks, and wrapped gifts are not allowed.

Learn more about Spring Commencement HERE.

A guide to preparing for commencement for Master’s and Doctoral candidates, including important deadlines, can be found on the Graduate School website.

May 11: UW-Madison Spring 2024 Commencement - Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Law Degree Candidate Ceremony

Top 5 Things to Know

  1. On Saturday May 11th doors open at Camp Randall at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony typically lasts approximately 1.5-2 hours. A livestream of each ceremony will be available on YouTube.
  2. Guests, family members, and friends are welcome to attend. There is no ticketing for attendance and seating is general admission, first-come, first-served. If you are a graduate in need of accommodations, please email accessibility@chancellor.wisc.edu. Additional information is also available on the Camp Randall accessibility page.
  3. No names or stage crossing will occur at the Camp Randall ceremony due to time. Degree candidates will be seated by school, college, or degree. Seating is not pre-assigned by graduate name and is first-come, first-served.
  4. Diplomas will be mailed out to graduates 6-8 weeks after grades are entered. To ensure that diplomas are mailed to the correct address, update your home address in MyUW.
  5. No guests, including children (with the exception of nursing parents) are permitted in the candidate seating area. No food or beverages of any kind are permitted. Please review the carry-in policy as well as the metal detector procedures to plan accordingly. Flowers are allowed inside Camp Randall, however glass containers, balloons, backpacks, and wrapped gifts are not allowed.

Learn more about Spring Commencement HERE.

May 11: School of Nursing Baccalaureate Graduation Celebration

Baccalaureate Reception
Time: 
2:00 – 3:45pm
Location: Great Hall, 4th floor of Memorial Union
Tickets are not required for the Baccalaureate Reception. 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 3:15pm to prepare for the ceremony.

Baccalaureate Graduation Celebration
Time:
4:00 – 5:30pm
Location: Shannon Hall, 1st floor of Memorial Union
The Baccalaureate Graduation Celebration in 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 3:30 pm; all guests are required to have a ticket to enter. Dean Scott, graduates, and faculty will begin the processional promptly at 4:00 pm. 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 and ADA accommodations, all other seats are 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 is sent out in March. Each student is allotted a maximum of 4 guest tickets. If there are remaining guest tickets after the RSVP deadline, the Academic Affairs Office will send out information regarding a ticket lottery where graduating students can enter their name for a chance to receive ONE additional guest ticket if desired. The Baccalaureate Graduation Celebration will be livestreamed to the School of Nursing’s YouTube page. Guests who do not have a ticket for Shannon Hall are welcome to watch the event elsewhere in Memorial Union via livestream on their own device. Ticket distribution will take place in Cooper Hall during student programming hours or between classes – dates and times will be announced closer to graduation.

Other Campus Graduation Events

UW-Madison Latine Graduation Celebration

Saturday, May 4, 10:00am-1:00pm
Gordon Dining & Event Center, 2nd Floor
RSVP by Monday April 18

The Latinx Academic Staff Association (LASA) of UW-Madison and the Wisconsin Alumni Association: Latinx Affinity Group (LAG), will host an in-person, all-campus Latine graduation celebration for undergraduate, graduate, and professional Latine/x/o/a and Hispanic identifying students on Saturday, May 4th from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. It will be a time to acknowledge our students’ dedication, perseverance, and accomplishments.

This ceremony celebrates the 7.1% of UW-Madison’s student body that identifies as Latine, including both undergraduates, graduates, and professionals.Graduates will have an opportunity to receive a graduation medal, take pictures, and celebrate in community over brunch. If you would like to attend, please complete the registration survey here by no later than Monday, April 18th.

International Student Graduation Celebration

Thursday, May 9, 4:00pm-7:00pm
Fluno Center
RSVP Required

Are you a graduating international student? Join ISS, the International Division, your fellow graduates, and your top supporters* at The International Student Graduation Celebration!

This free event is hosted by International Student Services (ISS) and is designed to celebrate international student graduates. In Spring 2024, the event will take place on Thursday, May 9th from 4:00pm – 7:00pm in the Fluno Center.

*Family, friends, faculty, and more are welcome to come as your guests! We have Guest Tickets available for those who are able to come in-person, and the event will be livestreamed for those who are across the world. The recording of the event will also be available to send to your supporters after the event.

Contacts

Morgan Lewis

Position title: Student Services & Events Coordinator

Email: mlewis7@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5288

Address:
1137 Signe Skott Cooper Hall

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