Spring Ceremony 2021

As we anticipate the beginning of a new semester our planning team is already looking ahead to Spring Commencement 2021. A decision has not been made about whether ceremonies will be virtual or in-person.

Celebrations this year will call on all of us to be flexible and creative so that we can recognize graduates and their families in ways that are both jubilant and safe for the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spring Ceremonies 2021

PhD, MFA and Medical Degree Ceremony

Friday, May 7, 2021

Bachelor’s, Law and Master’s Degree Ceremony

Saturday, May 8, 2021

The Spring Ceremonies 2021 are slated for May 7, and May 8, 2021, dates that were selected before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plans for the Spring 2021 Commencement ceremonies are still being developed, alongside campus planning during the public health crisis.

To learn more about the university’s approach to dealing with major issues such as instruction, health and safety, housing and dining during the pandemic, please visit the COVID Response website.

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The deadline to Apply to Graduate in Spring, 2021 is April 9. Applying to graduate by the deadline ensures that your name will be included in the official Commencement Program.  Students who apply to graduate after the deadline will not see their name in the printed program.

Visit the student center’s instruction page and the Office of the Registrar’s webpage  for detailed instructions on how to apply to graduate.  Master’s and PhD students can find additional information on the Graduate School’s “completing your degree” webpage.


To ensure timely delivery of your diploma, provide/verify your “Diploma” address in the MyUW Student Center. Directions for updating your diploma address are available at: https://kb.wisc.edu/registrar/4126#address

Please feel free to read more about diplomas at:  https://registrar.wisc.edu/diploma/


In spring 2017, the gown designs were updated to include the University of Wisconsin–Madison colors and crest logo, providing both a pop of red among the traditional sea of black and an additional display of UW spirit that’s recognizable to all. Read about the significance of the cap and gown. To ensure that your academic regalia is reflective of the new design, please place your reservation order through the University Book Store. You can view all the details at the University Book Store Graduation Timeline and reserve your regalia today!

Eligible undergraduate degree candidates can also order a stole from the University Book Store here. Honors candidates do not need to pre-order stoles; the University Book Store will receive a list of honors candidates in advance. Academic stoles, for the foreseeable future, will also now only be available as purchase only.

For further questions about attire, please refer to the University Book Store website for all information regarding Commencement attire during these uncertain times. Call (608) 257-3784, extension 5924, if you have questions that cannot be answered from the information on the website.