Spring 2022 Ceremony

Doctoral, MFA and Medical Professional Degree Candidate Commencement 

Friday, May 13, 2022

Kohl Center, 5:30 p.m.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

Friday Ceremony Program

The ceremony will include remarks from Chancellor Rebecca Blank, UW System Board of Regents, and three Honorary Degree recipients: Krishna Ella, Keith Nosbusch, and Ernest Grant. The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours. Degree candidate names will be read as they cross the stage and receive their diploma folder.

Graduate seating is arranged by School, College, and Degree type. View a graduate seating map (pdf). Faculty escorts are encouraged to participate with PhD candidates.

Guests, family members and friends are welcome to attend. No tickets are required for attendees; seating is first come, first served. Families needing additional assistance or accommodations should see our section below about Kohl Center accessibility.

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If you are a graduate in need of ADA accommodations please email accessibility@chancellor.wisc.edu

Direct your questions to commence@chancellor.wisc.edu

Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Law Degree Candidate Commencement

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Camp Randall Stadium, 12:00 Noon

Gates open at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday Ceremony Program

The ceremony will include remarks from Chancellor Rebecca Blank, UW System Board of Regents, our Keynote Speaker, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and representatives from the Senior Class Office.

The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes. Degree candidates will be recognized en masse by each school and college. Individual names will not be read. Graduate seating is arranged by School, College and Degree type. View a graduate seating map. (pdf).

There are no tickets for attendees, seating is first come, first served. Graduates or guests needing assistance or accommodations should see our section below about Camp Randall accessibility.

A note about Camp Randall. Camp Randall Stadium is over 100 years old and currently undergoing renovation to its South End Zone. The field has been removed and graduates will be seated either on the field or in the stands. The Class of 2022 will have a unique commencement experience – a peek beneath the turf so to speak, and will be part of a new chapter in Camp Randall’s history. We look forward to making this a memorable and historic occasion for all who participate. The construction will not impact attendance capacity and we look forward to welcoming all who wish to attend.

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Camp Randall Stadium Map

Campus Parking Map

Shuttle Map

If you are a graduate in need of ADA accommodations please email accessibility@chancellor.wisc.edu

General questions can be directed to, commence@chancellor.wisc.edu

A Note on Public Health

UW–Madison continues to consult public health experts and monitor national public health recommendations regarding our COVID-19 response. With some exceptions — including clinical spaces — masks are no longer required on campus. You are welcome to choose to wear a mask while visiting campus. We ask everyone to respect the choices of others.  Please continue to check back here and on our COVID Response page for details pertaining to the impact of public health policy on the event.


In order to have your name appear in the Commencement program, you will need to complete the online Apply to Graduate application in your MyUW Student Center. The deadline to complete the application and have your name included in the program is Friday, April 1. After that date, you may still complete the application, however your name will not be included in the printed program. 

Visit the student center’s Knowledge Base instruction page for details on how to complete the apply to graduate section. Graduate degree candidates should look for additional information about preparing for commencement on the Graduates School’s “completing your degree” webpage. More information can be found on the Office of the Registrar’s webpage.


To ensure that your academic regalia is reflective of the new design, please place your reservation order through the University Book Store. View the University Book Store’s timeline  for picking up attire. All graduates should reserve their academic attire by April 16, 2022. Call (608) 257-3784, extension 5924, if you have questions.

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.

Eligible undergraduate degree candidates that qualify for Distinctive Scholastic Achievement or Honors will be notified by their school, college or honors contact. Once you are notified, you can purchase a stole from the University Book Store. Honors candidates do not need to pre-order stoles; the University Book Store will receive a list of honors candidates in advance of the ceremony. Academic stoles, for the foreseeable future, will also now only be available as purchase only.

Wisconsin Union-Hosted Live Stream of Ceremony and Graduation Events

The Wisconsin Union team invites you to a livestreaming of the Camp Randall Stadium graduation ceremony at Union South’s outdoor Sun Garden and indoor Sett as well as at Memorial Union’s outdoor Terrace or indoor Rathskeller. Seating is first come, first served, and there are thousands of seats available as well as on-site dining options. For more information about these and other Union-hosted graduation events, such as free concerts and free professional photos of grads on big Terrace chairs, visit union.wisc.edu/graduation.

Send Congrats to Your Grad!

As our gift to you (and the graduating class), we invite you to upload a short video message to our Tribute Community Page that honors your graduates. Share one word that represents the class of 2022 and/or one wish you have for them as they move on to the next chapter. Uploading a video is simple and easy. Content will be shared with graduates after the ceremony this weekend. Thank you for sharing a Tribute!

Additionally you can surprise your grad with congratulations and well wishes from their entire family and friend group with a personal graduation video montage. The UW-Madison Parent and Family Program partnered with Tribute to make this service FREE for UW-Madison grads and their families. ($29.99 value)

Capture the Moment

Wear your own cap and gown, and Badger attire is also encouraged! Don’t have your cap and gown yet? No problem, reserve yours today at the University Book Store. Find more information for each photos session online at Empire Photography.

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