Spring Ceremony

Spring Ceremonies 2020 *POSTPONED*

PhD, MFA and Medical Degree Ceremony
Friday, May 8, 5:30 p.m.
Kohl Center, 601 W. Dayton Street

Bachelor’s, Law and Master’s Degree Ceremony
Saturday, May 9, Noon
Camp Randall Stadium

Virtual Commencement, May 9, 2020

Ceremony Details


The deadline to Apply to Graduate is Friday, April 3, 2020. 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. Although the 2020 Spring Ceremony has been postponed, you can still get this cap and gown sent to your home for photos! To have the cap and gown sent to you or to cancel your previous order, please visit the University Book Store’s timeline for mailing attire.

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 question 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.