Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

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.

How do I order a cap and gown?
Reserve your cap and gown through the University Bookstore (click on the graduation tab).

How can I obtain a  program?
Programs will be available at the ceremony. Copies of the Commencement program will be made available in the Office of the Registrar (333 East Campus Mall, 10th Floor). There is no charge.

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.

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.

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.

When will the next commencement take place?
Please visit the Academic Calendar page for more information on future commencement dates.

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.

Kohl Center FAQs

Is the ceremony ticketed?

Is there a limit to the number of guests allowed?

What is the average length of the ceremony?
The ceremony is expected to last approximately 2-2.5 hours.

Will food be available at the concession stands?
Yes, concession areas will be open, and a limited menu will be available for purchase.

What is the carry-in policy?
Read the full carry-in policy.

How do I request accessible seating and/or parking?
All ceremonies will be fully accessible. Guests do not need to register ahead of time for accessible seating. At the Kohl Center, drop-off service and accessible seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for individuals with disabilities or older guests. Guests needing assistance once they arrive at the Kohl Center can call 608-263-5645 for a wheelchair escort. The seating structure provides one companion seat for each accessible seat, and we ask that guests respect these guidelines so that everyone in need of accessible seating can be accommodated.

If you are a degree candidate who will require accessible seating in the graduate seating area of the Kohl Center floor, or if you have additional questions or concerns about accessibility for guests, please contact commencement staff to assist you with your needs.

Read a full description of  Kohl Center accessibility seating and parking options.

What are the hearing-impaired accommodations?
The seating area is served by assistive listening devices (ALD) on an FM system. Individuals may pick up headsets at the Guest Services Office near Section 119 and must leave some form of collateral, such as a driver’s license or credit card while using the ALD. Captioning will be available throughout the ceremony and an American Sign Language Interpreter will be located near section 121. Those in need of the interpreter should contact us so that we can set aside seats in that section.

Camp Randall FAQs

What is the carry-in policy?
Read the full policy.

Is the ceremony ticketed?

Is there a limit to the number of guests allowed?

What is the average length of the ceremony?
The average length is 90 minutes long.

Do graduates walk across the stage at Camp Randall?
Due to the large number of graduates at the ceremony, it is not feasible to have that many graduates walk across the stage. Degrees will be conferred on a school/college and degree basis as opposed to individually. For this reason, my of the schools/colleges/departments have their own celebration events to celebrate their graduates on a more personal level. You can see a list of events here.

When do the gates to the stadium open? 
The gates to Camp Randall will open at 10a.m., two hours before the ceremony begins.

Are seat backs available?
While seat backs will not be rented at the event itself, guests are welcome to bring their own stadium seat backs that fit within the stadium carry-in policy or there will be a limited number available for purchase at Bucky’s Locker Room, the stadium’s pro store located near Gate 1.