The countdown to commencement is on! Review the following to-do items for smooth sailing into commencement and beyond.
Before the ceremony
Students must apply for graduation to attend the ceremony and receive their diploma. Graduates are required to complete the application, even if they have missed the November 3 deadline for their name to be listed in the program.
All graduates must wear academic regalia. To order the attire that matches your intended degree, place your order through the University Book Store.
Purchase Deadline: October 13
Rental Deadline (early pricing): November 10
Rental Deadline (regular pricing): December 16
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If you are a graduate in need of accessibility accommodations, please email the commencement office directly to make arrangements for a celebratory experience. Guests needing assistance or accommodations at the Kohl Center can visit our accessibility resources to learn more.
Forget about those outstanding library fines? Some types of holds will prevent your diploma and transcripts from being available until they’re resolved. Check MyUW Student Center for any holds, and follow the corresponding instructions.
All students that borrowed an institutional loan from UW–Madison must complete an exit interview. Ensure your diploma is mailed to you and set up your interview through the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Say cheese! Photos will be taken as you cross the stage, but portrait sessions and photos with Abe will be available as we gear up for Commencement.
Get to know your Senior Class Office by attending commencement-themed events or make a donation to the senior class gift!
When do I arrive? Where do I go? What about my guests? And parking? Find answers to all of these questions — and everything else you need to know about planning — on the ceremony details page.
The big event
The Winter 2023 Commencement page includes event details such as the number of guests you can bring to the ceremony. (Answer: as many as you want!)
Each school, college, division, program, or community space may host its own event during commencement weekend. Check to see when the special recognition event for your major or program will be hosted.
Share Your Excitement!
This is a very big deal, graduates. Spend time celebrating with friends and family, and make sure to use #UWGrad on your social media posts to share with us!
After the ceremony
Your future is bright, Badgers! Please take a few minutes to share your post-graduate plans.
Return your attire to the University Book Store after use.
Return Deadline: December 19
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