Graduate Checklist

Apply to Graduate

Students must apply to graduate and indicate their intention to attend the commencement ceremony in the MyUW Student Center “My Academics” tab. Students must apply by April 9, 2021 to ensure that their name will appear in the commencement program. Master’s and PhD students can find additional information on the Graduate School’s “completing your degree” webpage. Due to printing deadlines your name will not appear in the printed Commencement Program if you indicate your intention to graduate after this date. Learn more here.

Special diacritical (accent) marks cannot be entered into the system when you apply to graduate. Names will not appear with diacritical marks in the program unless the commencement office is contacted ahead of time by the apply to graduate date. Please email commence@chancellor.wisc.edu to request the placement of accent marks. Please send this email after you apply to graduate with specific instructions on what accent marks are needed and where they should be placed. The commencement office will then manually add the marks into the printed program.

Attending the Spring 2021 Ceremony

If you are a graduate attending the ceremony please review the Spring Commencement 2021 Carry In Policy

All graduates are required to complete an online course via Canvas in order to obtain the ticket necessary to attend the Commencement ceremony. Learn more here.

Please consult this map of Camp Randall to view Safer Badgers checkpoint locations and plan your travel route to and from the ceremony.

Rent Your Attire

Candidates should wear academic attire — cap and gown for all candidates, with a hood for master’s and doctoral candidates — appropriate to the degree to be conferred. To ensure that your academic regalia is reflective your intended degree, please place your reservation order through the University Book Store. View the University Book Store’s timeline for picking up attire. Call (608) 257-3784, extension 5924 if you have questions.

Learn more about the academic attire

 

The Senior Class Officers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are pictured in their commencement gowns in Camp Randall Stadium on March 9, 2021. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

Plan for Accessible Assistance

Graduates who require additional assistance or an accommodation should contact the commencement office directly at commence@chancellor.wisc.edu.  Please let us know as many details as possible to assist us with best addressing your needs to ensure equal opportunity to participate in the commencement program.

The Senior Class Officers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are pictured in their commencement gowns in Camp Randall Stadium on March 9, 2021. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

Outstanding Holds?

Students should check MyUW Student Center for any holds, such as outstanding library fines, and follow the corresponding instructions. Some types of hold will prevent diplomas and transcripts from being available until the hold is cleared.

Resolve Holds

Graduate Plans Survey

Please take a few minutes to update us online about your post-graduate plans. All responses will be aggregated so that we can communicate the important contributions and accomplishments of UW-Madison graduates. This information will also be used to improve our academic programs.

Tell us what you will be up to!

School & College Events

Each school, college, division or program may host its own event during commencement weekend. For questions related to these events, please contact your school or college. Check to see when the special recognition event for your major or program will be hosted.

Celebrate with your School or College

Get Your Diploma

Diplomas are mailed to the Diploma address in your MyUW Student Center. To receive their diploma, international students must add a Diploma address in MyUW Student Center. The Diploma address can be the same as their home address, but some address needs to be listed in Student Center with an address type of “Diploma.”

Confirm your Address

Student Loan Borrowers

An exit interview is required for students that borrowed an institutional loan from UW—Madison (i.e. Perkins Loan, Nielsen, Dohmen, etc). Failure to do so will delay the mailing of a diploma. Learn more about the institutional loan exit interview process.  If your student instead received Federal Direct Loans (subsidized or unsubsidized), they will be invited to complete similar exit counseling online.

Take your Exit Interview

Return Your Gown

View the University Book Store’s timeline to return your attire. Call (608) 257-3784, extension 5924 if you have questions.

Return your Gown

You're Done!

Celebrate

Congratulations on your graduation! The university salutes your achievements and extends its best wishes for your future success. Spend time celebrating with friends and family and make sure to use #UWGrad on your social media posts to share with us!

Welcome to Alumnihood

Visit the Alumni Association website to learn how you can stay connected to fellow Badgers after graduation.

Stay Connected

Badgers are social creatures. No matter where you end up make sure to stay in touch!