Spring Commencement 2023

Spring 2023 Ceremonies

Doctoral & Medical Professional Degree Candidate Ceremony
Friday, May 12, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.
Kohl Center, 601 W. Dayton Street

Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Law Degree Candidate Ceremony
Saturday, May 13, 2023 at Noon
Camp Randall, 1440 Monroe St.

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

TOP 5 THINGS TO KNOW

  1. 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. Graduate seating map will be uploaded at a later date.
  2. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. Please note the ceremony typically lasts approximately 90 minutes. A livestream of the ceremony will be available here on YouTube.
  3. Guests, family members and friends are welcome to attend. There is no ticketing for attendance and seating is general admission, first come, first served. Guests and graduates in need of accommodations should see our section below about Camp Randall Accessibility. If you have additional inquiries, please email accessibility@chancellor.wisc.edu.
  4. The graduate entrance is located at Gate 5 (the student gate for football games) of Camp Randall Stadium. This is the only gate with access to candidate seating. Guests can enter the stadium through Gates 1, 7, 8, and 9. A graduate seating map will be posted here closer to date.
  5. No guests, including children (with the exception of nursing parents) are permitted in the candidate seating area. No food or beverages of any kind are permitted. Please review the carry-in policy to plan accordingly.

Doctoral & Medical Professional Degree Candidate Ceremony Information

TOP 5 THINGS TO KNOW

  1. Degree candidates individual names will be read as they walk across the stage. Graduate seating is arranged by School, College and Degree type. A graduate seating map will be uploaded at a later date.
  2. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Please note the ceremony typically lasts approximately two and a half hours. A livestream of the ceremony will be available here on YouTube.
  3. Guests, family members and friends are welcome to attend. There is no ticketing for guests nor is there a limit to the number of guests. Seating is general admission, first come, first served. Guests and graduates in need of accommodations should see our section below about Kohl Center Accessibility. If you have additional inquiries, please email accessibility@chancellor.wisc.edu.
  4. The graduate entrance is located at Gate A (West Dayton Street entrance). Access to candidate seating is via the grand staircase located outside Section 127.  A graduate seating map will be posted here closer to date.
  5. No guests, including children (with the exception of nursing parents) are permitted in the candidate seating area. No food or beverages of any kind are permitted. Please review the carry-in policy to plan accordingly.

Additional Resources

Emails sent to students will be uploaded here as they are sent.

Commencement is a celebration of the achievements of our graduates, and in this regard the escorts of the candidates are intended to be their major professors who have contributed significantly to their academic growth and success. Degree candidates are responsible for identifying an appropriate professor to serve as a faculty escort, and asking that person to perform the role. Degree candidates will be asked to provide the name of their faculty escort when they complete the “apply to graduate” application. Although the identities of the escorts are not confirmed, we do ask that this practice of major professor escorts be followed whenever possible.

The faculty escort for a doctor of philosophy, doctor of musical arts and master of fine arts candidate sits with the candidate during the ceremony and accompanies the candidate across the platform during the march.

A faculty escort is expected to wear academic attire appropriate to her or his degree.

There are instances when a major professor is not able to escort a candidate, and in those circumstances other degree committee members or other departmental faculty fulfill the escort role. When that is not possible, the marshals at commencement are prepared to serve as the escort.

Faculty members who cannot afford to rent their academic attire, should contact the Commencement office for information on how to participate in the ceremony as a Marshal and have the costs associated with renting a cap and gown covered.

DURING THE CEREMONY

Faculty escorts always should seat themselves and march on the candidate’s right, allowing the candidate to move ahead as the candidate approaches center stage to receive the diploma folder from the dean of the Graduate School. The candidate and escort then return to their seats.

Faculty escorts with more than one candidate should sit with all of the candidates as close as possible to the front of the Ph.D./DMA/MFA section. This “group” of graduates and escort will march together to the platform on-ramp. The escort may accompany all of the candidates as a group across the platform or the escort may accompany one candidate at a time across the platform while the remaining candidates wait by the on-ramp until the escort returns and repeats the routine.

We are hopeful that Mother Nature will cooperate in the celebration, but because inclement weather is possible, we have put in place plans to ensure a safe commencement celebration.

  1. The ceremony is scheduled to take place rain or shine. Given the size of the gathering, it’s not feasible to move the ceremony to an alternate date.
    • In the event of severe weather, the ceremony may be delayed, paused or canceled. The safety of our guests is our highest priority.
    • If a schedule adjustment is required prior to your arrival, information will be shared via email, our website, social media (@UWMadison on Twitter, UWMadison on Facebook) and local news media.
  2. At the venue, instructions will be given via public address announcements and video screen messages. Graduates and guests are asked to listen for announcements and remain seated until instructed otherwise.

Complimentary parking is available in several campus parking lots on Sunday. A map regarding complimentary parking will be uploaded at a later date.

Accessible parking is limited and is on a first come first served basis. Please note that disabled plates and/or hang-tags are required to secure space in lots reserved for accessible commencement parking.

A full list of available accessible parking can be viewed here.

Find more information about accessible accommodations on the Kohl Center Accessibility webpage or the Camp Randall Accessibility webpage.

Spring 2023 PhD, DMA, MFA and Medical Professional Degree Candidates will have their photo taken as they cross the stage to receive their diploma cover, and a solo portrait after they exit the stage. Photo stations at Gates A and B will be available before and after the ceremony for graduate portraits with friends and family.

Spring 2023 Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Law Degree Candidates will have the opportunity to get their photo taken as they enter Camp Randall Stadium. More details to come.

UW–Madison is proud to continue to work with Empire Photography, a locally owned small business established in 1983 by UW–Madison alumni Mark and Maggie Smith.

Empire Photography has been photographing our commencement ceremonies for many years. Each graduate is photographed as they receive their diploma and a solo portrait is also taken after they exit the stage. Proofs will be sent to graduates and their families within 48 hours of the ceremony. Your commencement is a once-in-a-lifetime moment so don’t miss out! If you have any questions, please email Empire Photography at customerservice@empirephotos.com.

Graduates will have the opportunity to get a Portrait Session and a Photo with Abe as we gear up for Winter Commencement.

Portrait Sessions

Dates to be announced shortly

Photos with Abe

Dates to be announced shortly

The Giant 2023 Numbers will be on Bascom Hill for graduate photos closer to commencement.