Celebration Events

Celebration events are submitted to us by the schools, colleges, departments, and programs that host these events. Updates to this list happen frequently.

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Asian American Studies

The Asian American Studies Program (AAS) and APIDA Student Center will hold a graduation celebration for AAS class of 2024. There will be graduation activities prior to student recognitions. Food and cake will be served.

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 2–3 p.m.

Location: MSC Lounge, Red Gym

Contact: asianamerican@letsci.wisc.edu

Asian Languages and Cultures

Join the Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) faculty, staff, and students for an end-of-semester gathering to celebrate the graduating class of 2024. Come together to recognize the ALC community for many accomplishments this year. Graduates are welcome to bring guests. Refreshments and cake will be served. For more information please visit the event website.

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 4–5:30 p.m.

Location: Bascom Hall 260

Contact: rweiss@wisc.edu

 

Astronomy-Physics

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 5–6 p.m.

Location: 2241 Chamberlin Hall

Contact: Evan Heintz, eheintz@wisc.edu

 

 

Biological Systems Engineering

Biological Systems Engineering welcomes all of its spring and summer 2024 graduates to a celebration and recognition event. Refreshments will be served and students will be individually recognized. Family members are welcome. Graduates bringing a group are asked to confirm numbers by May 8 to Betsy Wood.

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: 460 Henry Mall, B1 lounge

Contact: betsy.wood@wisc.edu

Biology Major

Stop by the 3rd floor of the Microbial Sciences Building near the biology major advising offices to enjoy ice cream with advisors and fellow grads. While you’re there, pick up your biology major mug. It’s our gift to you as our newest alumni. For more information please visit our website.

Date: Friday, May 3, 2024

Time: 12–1:30 p.m.

Location: Microbial Sciences Building, 3rd floor

Contact: info@biologymajor.wisc.edu

Chancellor's Undergraduate Awards Ceremony

Date: Friday, May 3, 2024

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Varsity Hall, Union South

Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry Graduation Celebration will be held in person with a ceremony from 3–4 p.m. in the John Morgridge Lecture Hall, North Tower S429, and a reception from 4–5 p.m. in the Chemistry Lecture Commons. A live stream will be available here

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 3–5 p.m.

Location: S429 John Morgridge Lecture Hall, North Tower S429

Contact: connect@chem.wisc.edu

 

 

Chican@ & Latin@ Studies

For more information please visit the event website.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024

Time: 9–11 a.m.

Location: Ingraham Hall, Room B10

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Doctoral, professional, master’s, and bachelor’s degree candidates in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) are invited to attend the CALS Pre-Commencement Celebration. This informal event will feature gifts for graduates, photo opportunities, and a light breakfast. Friends and family are welcome to attend. For more information please visit the event website.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024

Time: 8:30–10:30 a.m.

Location: Allen Centennial Garden

Contact: academicaffairs@cals.wisc.edu

College of Engineering

The College of Engineering Graduate Recognition Event is a formal event where graduating engineers at all levels will march across the stage in the company of their peers, have their name read, shake hands with college and department or program leaders, receive their diploma cover, and have a graduation photo taken. Many of our academic departments will be hosting celebrations for their graduates earlier in the day on May 11. Details can be found on our ⁠Department Celebrations page.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024

Time: 57 p.m.

Location: Kohl Center

College of Letters and Science

The College of Letters & Science (L&S) will hold an in-person Spring 2024 Pre-Commencement Celebration for L&S graduates and their families. Celebrate your milestone at this informal event with the dean, your family and friends, and Bucky. Enjoy refreshments, a complimentary L&S alumni t-shirt, and more at this free event.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024

Time: 910:30 a.m.

Location: Wisconsin Field House

Contact: commence@ls.wisc.edu

Communication Arts

The Department of Communication Arts will be hosting a graduation ceremony for spring, summer, and winter graduates and their guests. The event will include speeches, a hooding ceremony for doctoral graduates, name reading ceremony with graduates crossing the stage, and a reception with light refreshments after. Undergraduate and doctoral students were emailed instructions to RSVP. Guests do not need to RSVP. Event doors will open at 1:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2024

Time: 2–4 p.m. Graduates should arrive by 1:30 p.m. to check in.

Location: Gordon Dining & Event Center, Overture/Sonata Concerto Rooms, 770 W. Dayton St.

Contact: Steffie Halverson, halverson2@wisc.edu

Communications Sciences and Disorders

Doctoral of Audiology Graduate Celebration

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Program will host a graduation for the AuD program for all graduating AuD students and their guests.

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 2–4p.m.

Location: Dejope Residence Hall, Lake Mendota Room

Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Celebration

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Program will host a hooding ceremony for the SLP program for all graduating SLP students and their guests.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024

Time: 3–4:30 p.m.

Location: Dejope Residence Hall, Lake Mendota Room

 

Criminal Justice and Legal Studies

Please join us in celebrating our legal studies and criminal justice graduates! Graduates will have an opportunity to share a few words at the event and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP here.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024

Time: 3–4 p.m.

Location: Carson Gulley, Upper Room, 1515 Tripp Circle

Contact: cjcp@ssc.wisc.edu

Departments of Botany and Integrative Biology

We are excited to celebrate your accomplishments at the Departments of Botany and Integrative Biology graduation celebration. Graduates can pick up a gift and play some cornhole. Families, friends, and Department of Botany and iBio faculty and staff are welcome.

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 12–2:30 p.m.

Location: Birge Hall front lawn (rain location is the Birge Hall Atrium)

Contact: vjackson4@wisc.edu

Disability Cultural Center

All are welcome to celebrate the end of the year with the Disability Cultural Center. We will have refreshments, graduation cords, and reflect on the year together. Submit your DCC memories!

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Disability Cultural Center, 702 W. Johnson St.

Contact: hlrottier@wisc.edu

Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2024

Time: 5:309 p.m.

Location: Memorial Union, Great Hall and Shannon Hall

Contact: events@cdo.wisc.edu

Division of the Arts - Creative Arts Awards

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2024

Economics

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2024

Time: 4–8 p.m.

 

English

The English department will recognize students in the major who are graduating during this event that includes speeches from the department chair, director of undergraduate studies, and student speakers. Students will be recognized as they walk across a stage with their name read to receive their English department mug. Coffee and refreshments will be available along with a live stream of the event for those that are unable to attend.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024

Time: 8:30–9:30 a.m.

Location: Pyle Center, Alumni Lounge

Contact: For questions or to RSVP, email Erin Polnaszek Boyd, Academic Advising Manager in the English Department, erin.polnaszek.boyd@wisc.edu

First-Generation Student Graduation

First-generation Badgers and their support networks are invited to celebrate commencement during Trailblazers of Tomorrow: A First-Gen Graduation EventEnjoy light refreshments ahead of inspiring remarks from fellow students, reflections from UW–Madison faculty, and a captivating keynote by author Tanja Pajevic. The event will culminate in a cording ceremony, where students will have their incredible achievements recognized by walking across the stage to receive their first-generation student cord and pin. Please RSVP for yourself and your guests by April 12. 

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2024

Time: 1–3 p.m.

Location: Union South, Varsity Hall

Contact: SeniorClass@StudentAffairs.wisc.edu

Global Health Major

This will be a graduation event for all undergraduate global health majors. RSVP is required. See program website for event details.

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 4–6 p.m.

Location: Gordon Commons

Contact: todd.courtenay@wisc.edu

Gender and Sexuality Campus Center

The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center will host their Rainbow Graduation to celebrate graduates, award winners, and scholarship recipients. For more information and to RSVP please click here.

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2024

Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Location: Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, DeLuca Forum

Contact: Tiffany at lgbtq@StudentAffairs.wisc.edu or Tslee2@wisc.edu

Hillel, Jewish Community Commencement

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Location: UW Hillel

International Student Services

Come join International Student Services in recognizing and celebrating our graduating international students from around the world and across campus departments. This is a free, ticketed event that requires an RSVP online. Guests such as friends, family, and other supporters are also welcome to attend in-person but will need to reserve “Guest Tickets“. The event will also be live-streamed and recorded for supporters across the world to be able to join in. Students will be able to opt-in to a processional or “walking ceremony”, often seen as a graduation tradition, but something Camp Randall cannot offer at commencement. A reception following the ceremony will include free food and drink, as well as photo opportunities.

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2024

Time: 4–7 p.m.

Location: Fluno Center

International Studies Major

The International Studies Major welcomes graduates and their guests to celebrate the class of 2024. Students will have their names read and will receive a certificate and commemorative pin. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: Great Hall, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street, Madison WI 53706

Contact: Molly Donnellan at molly.donnellan@wisc.edu

Kinesiology Department

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Marquee Theater, Union South

Contact: ugkines@education.wisc.edu

Laboratory of Genetics

The Genetics and Genomics Graduation Reception will be held in person with refreshments in the Microbial Sciences Atrium followed by the ceremony and presentation of the graduates in the Ebling Auditorium.

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 4:30–5:15 p.m. for refreshments and 5:15–6:30 p.m. for ceremony and presentation of graduates

Location: Microbial Sciences Building, Ebling Auditorium (1550 Linden Drive)

Contact: cminor2@wisc.edu

La Follette School of Public Affairs

For more information please visit the event website.

Date: Sunday, May 12, 2024

Time: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Location: Wisconsin State Capitol, Assembly Chambers

Law School

The UW Law School’s hooding ceremony is a special ceremony for UW Law School graduates. During the ceremony, a faculty member places the hood on students, symbolizing completion of the program.

Guests, family members, and friends are welcome to attend. There is no ticketing for attendance and seating is general admission, first-come, first-served. We do request that graduates and guests register for the event for planning purposes. Please RSVP here.

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 1 p.m.

Location: Monona Terrace

Contact: events@law.wisc.edu

Spring Leadership Certificate Ceremony

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Location: Union South, Varsity Hall

Contact: leadcertificate@studentaffairs.wisc.edu

Mathematics

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 3–5 p.m.

Location: Van Vleck B224, Math Learning Center

 

Mead Witter School of Music

The Graduation, Hooding, and Awards Recognition Ceremony will be followed by a reception in the lobby of Hamel Music Center.

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Hamel Music Center, Mead Witter Foundation Concert Hall

Multicultural Graduation and Leadership Awards

The Multicultural Graduation and Leadership Awards reception is held annually as a way to recognize the graduating class as well as members of the UW–Madison community. Each year graduates are invited to receive a stole and identity center cord. Awards are given out based on nominations and a selection committee. For more information and to RSVP please visit their website.

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2024

Time: 6–9 p.m.

Location: Memorial Union, Great Hall

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Hey, Nelson Community! Help us celebrate our 2024 spring and summer graduates. Enjoy appetizers and drinks, take pictures in our photo booth, and meet Bucky Badger and the UW Marching Band. Come and go as your schedule allows. Please RSVP to attend here.

Date: Friday, May 3, 2024

Time: 4–6 p.m.

Location: Memorial Union, Tripp Commons

Contact: Alessandra Rella, arella@wisc.edu

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Pharmacology and Toxicology undergraduate students will be recognized at our breakfast event. Space is limited and students must RSVP on behalf of their guests; details will be sent to students.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024

Time: 8:30–10:30 a.m.

Location: Carson Gulley Center

Contact: Kendra Gurnee, kgurnee@wisc.edu

Physics

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 3–5 p.m.

Location: 2241 Chamberlin Hall

Political Science

The Department of Political Science will be celebrating their graduates with a brunch reception for students and up to two guests. RSVP is required. Students who have applied to graduate will receive email updates regarding the event.

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 9–11 a.m.

Location: Gordon Dining and Event Center

Psychology

The Department of Psychology will celebrate bachelor’s degree candidates with a drop-in graduation reception. For more information and to RSVP, please visit our website.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024

Time: 9–11 a.m.

Location: Brogden Psychology Building

School of Education

PhD, MFA, and OTD Graduation Pre-Commencement Celebration

Please join us for a pre-commencement lunch with a program conferring the hoods to our graduates. For more information please visit our website.

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 1–3 p.m. reception; program is at 1:30 p.m.

Location: Gordon Dining and Event Center, Overture, Concerto, Sonata Rooms

Contact: Shaun LeCloux, salecloux@wisc.edu

Bachelor’s and Master’s Pre-Commencement Celebration

Please join us for a pre-commencement breakfast with a program honoring our graduates. For more information please visit our website.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024

Time: 8–10 a.m. reception; program is at 8:30 a.m.

Location: Gordon Dining and Event Center, 2nd floor

Contact: Shaun LeCloux, salecloux@wisc.edu

 

School of Human Ecology: Undergraduate

The School of Human Ecology will host a reception for all graduating SoHE students and their guests. Take pictures with Bucky or Dean Shim, grab a breakfast snack, chat with your faculty, and show off Nancy Nicholas Hall to all of your guests. More information can be found here.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024

Time: 9:30–10:45 a.m.

Location: Nancy Nicholas Hall

Contact: Ashley Hintermeyer, hintermeyer@wisc.edu

School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 12–2 p.m.

Location: Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, DeLuca Forum

Contact: calyx@wisc.edu

 

School of Medicine and Public Health

Join us as we celebrate graduates from across our five health professions programs and from the graduate school. Multiple days of events are planned. Explore our event website for more information.

School of Nursing

School of Nursing Undergraduate: BSN

The School of Nursing will host the Nursing Baccalaureate Graduation Celebration starting with a reception and followed by a ceremony (guest ticket required). For more details, please visit the website.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024

Time: 23:30 p.m. (reception), 4–6 p.m. (ceremony)

Location: Memorial Union, Great Hall (reception) and Shannon Hall (ceremony)

Contact: Morgan Lewis, mlewis7@wisc.edu

School of Nursing Doctoral: DNP, PhD

The School of Nursing will host the Nursing Doctoral Hooding Ceremony starting with the hooding ceremony (guest ticket required) and followed by a reception. For more details, please visit the website.

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 1 p.m. (ceremony with reception following)

Location: Signe Skott Cooper Hall

Contact: Morgan Lewis, mlewis7@wisc.edu

School of Pharmacy

School of Pharmacy MS/PhD Hooding Celebration

The School of Pharmacy are hosting graduating recognition and hooding ceremony for our capstone, master’s, and doctoral students in Pharmaceutical Sciences, as well as doctoral students in Health Sciences Research in Pharmacy. The event includes breakfast at the Wisconsin Idea Lounge, a hooding ceremony at the AT&T Lounge, and a reception in the Courtyard, all held at the Pyle Center. Please note that tickets are necessary to attend in person (graduates need to distribute tickets to their guests). However, there will also be a live stream available for those unable to attend in person.

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: TBA

Location: Pyle Center

Contact: Ace Hilliard, ace.hilliard@wisc.edu

School of Pharmacy PharmD/Health Systems MS Hooding Celebration

The School of Pharmacy will host a hooding ceremony for our Doctor of Pharmacy and Health Systems Pharmacy Administration Master’s Degree candidates in Shannon Hall at the Memorial Union. Tickets are required to attend this in-person event. Graduates are responsible for distributing tickets to their respective guests. A live stream will also be available. For more information please reach out to Lindsey.Weigel@wisc.edu

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 1:30–3 p.m.

Location: Memorial Union, Shannon Hall

Contact: Lindsey.Weigel@wisc.edu

School of Veterinary Medicine

The School of Veterinary Medicine will host a breakfast followed by a hooding ceremony for our Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students. Tickets are required for this event. There will also be a live-streaming option for this event.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024

Time: Breakfast is from 7 – 8:30 a.m.; Ceremony is from 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Location: Memorial Union, Great Hall (breakfast) and Shannon Hall (hooding ceremony)

Contact: Office of Academic Affairs: oaa@vetmed.wisc.edu

Statistics

The Department of Statistics will be hosting a reception for all undergraduate and graduate students. This will be a casual event in a “come and go” style with food, graduation mug pickup, and photo opportunities. Families, friends, and Department of Statistics faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Time: 12:30–2:30 p.m. (Undergraduate reception) and 3–4 p.m. (Graduate Reception)

Location: Discovery Building, H.F DeLuca Forum, Room 1225

Contact: plia.xiong@wisc.edu

Wisconsin School of Business

The Wisconsin School of Business Undergraduate Program will host a BBA Graduation Celebration honoring December 2023 and May 2024 graduates. For more details, please visit the website.

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 2–4 p.m., doors open at noon

Location: Alliant Energy Center

Contact: bbagraduation@wsb.wisc.edu

UW-Madison Online

UW-Madison Online will host a Graduation Celebration brunch honoring December 2023 and May 2024 graduates. The celebration includes a brief ceremony to announce graduates and time for connection between students, families, and campus representatives.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024

Time: 9–10:30 a.m.

Location: Gordon Dining and Event Center, Symphony Room

Contact: oss@advising.wisc.edu