Frequently Asked Questions

Degree Completion

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How do I apply to graduate?

Visit the Student Center’s instruction page. Master’s and Ph.D. students can also find information on the Graduate School’s “Completing Your Degree” webpage.

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When do I receive my diploma?

The actual diploma will be mailed to you by the Office of the Registrar several weeks after the end of the semester. Class of 2021 graduates will receive their diplomas and diploma covers by mail after grades have been entered.

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I am late to apply to graduate, can I still graduate?

Yes, graduates are required to complete the application, even if they have missed the deadline for their name to be listed in the program. All graduates are also required to have a cap and gown in order to attend the ceremony.

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What if I am completing my degree in Summer 2021?

Graduates who are completing their degree requirements within one semester of Spring 2021 can participate in the ceremonies. Complete your Apply to Graduate and indicate when you are completing your degree and that you would like to participate in the Spring 2021 ceremonies in order to be included in the program and receive all of the necessary information.

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General Questions

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How do I apply to graduate?

Visit the Student Center’s instruction page. Master’s and Ph.D. students can also find information on the Graduate School’s “Completing Your Degree” webpage.

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What if a graduate cannot attend the in-person ceremony?

Graduates who are unable to participate in-person are invited to join virtually and celebrate from wherever they are. More details will be provided on virtual ceremony details at a later date.

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How do I order a cap and gown?

Reserve your cap and gown through the University Bookstore (click on the graduation tab).

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How can I obtain a program?

Please click here to view the program from the Spring 2021 Ceremony

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Will there be a live stream of the ceremony?

The commencement ceremony will be streamed live online. The ceremony will be streamed through the University’s YouTube channel. A YouTube display will appear on the commencement home page about 15 minutes before the start of the ceremonyArchived video of the ceremony will be available shortly after commencement weekend.

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When do I receive my diploma?

The actual diploma will be mailed to you by the Office of the Registrar several weeks after the end of the semester. Class of 2021 graduates will receive their diplomas and diploma covers by mail after grades have been entered.

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I am late to apply to graduate, can I still graduate?

Yes, graduates are required to complete the application, even if they have missed the deadline for their name to be listed in the program. All graduates are also required to have a cap and gown in order to attend the ceremony.

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When will the next commencement take place?

Please visit the Academic Calendar page for more information on future commencement dates.

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Request for visitation letter?

You can obtain an invitational letter through the International Student Services. Their website will provide you with more information and the form with how to do so.

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What is the Class of 2021 Senior Class Gift and how can I contribute?

The Senior Class Office has selected the Social Justice Hub at UW-Madison as the Class of 2021 Senior Class Gift. Learn more about the Senior Class gift here. You can support the Senior Class Gift and watch your email for more information about additional opportunities to learn more and get involved.

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