Saturday, December 14, 2019

Commencement is a time to celebrate a huge milestone and an opportunity for students, family members, alumni, and faculty and staff to join together in that celebration. UW-Platteville holds commencement ceremonies at the end of both fall and spring terms.

Schedule of Events

Ceremony Guest Seating Begins College/School
9 a.m. 8 a.m. College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture
12: 30 p.m. 11:30 a.m. College of Liberal Arts and Education
School of Graduate Studies (all degree programs)
Associate's degree candidates (all degree programs)
4 p.m. 3 p.m. College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science

 

Commencement Eligibility

To participate in December Commencement, you must be a degree candidate and one of the following: 1) a graduate from May or August 2019 who did not participate in a prior ceremony; or 2) a degree candidate who is expected to complete all degree requirements including internships or student teaching at the end of the Fall 2019 semester; or 3) a degree candidate who will complete all requirements during Winterim 2020 (January term).

Exceptions to these requirements are considered for extraordinary circumstances and subject to space availability. Please see the “Commencement Petition to Walk Early” form for details regarding exceptions. Participation in commencement without permission is considered academic misconduct and subject to disciplinary action.

Requests to attend an alternate ceremony should be directed to the Registrar at 608.342.1321.

Seating

Tickets are NOT required for December 2019 commencement ceremonies. Seating is available on a first come basis. Out of courtesy to all guests, degree candidates should limit their total guests to a maximum of six. If you have additional guests, please consider overflow seating or online streaming video as alternatives.

Overflow Seating

Guests may view the ceremony by video feed in the Markee Pioneer Student Center (2nd floor).

Special Needs Seating

Guest seating will be on the bleachers in the gymnasium. If you have a guest who has limited mobility or requires wheelchair viewing, please notify the Registrar’s Office no later than December 6, 2019 by calling 608.342.1321.

Ceremony Broadcasts

The commencement ceremony will be broadcast online via streaming video.

Commencement Instructions

No practice will be held for commencement. Please read the “Commencement Instructions” sheet regarding lining up for the ceremony. The commencement stage will have ramps; however, if you feel that you may have difficulty crossing the stage, please call the Registrar’s Office and special arrangements will be made. Also, if you are concerned about your name pronunciation, please contact us before December 6, 2019. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 608.342.1321.

Undergraduate Honors

Degree candidates who have a minimum grade point average of 3.50 or higher and 48 or more credits in residence prior to the term in which they intend to graduate will be recognized during the ceremony. Qualifying degree candidates may pick up an honor cord in the Registrar's Office the week before commencement. If you are unable to pick up your cord, it will be available in the line-up area. Graduation honors posted on transcripts will be calculated once all coursework is graded and degree requirements are completed.

Students, please make certain that you have taken care of the following:

  1. Master’s candidates need to pay a $50 graduation fee (Bachelor’s degree candidates were already assessed a $50 senior fee). The graduation or senior fee is not a commencement fee (i.e. it does not include cap and gown fees).
  2. Clear all financial obligations with the University including the library, housing, Business Office, Markee Pioneer Student Center, Textbook Center, NDLS/Perkins Loan Office and Financial Aid Office.
  3. Read the Commencement Apparel information. Caps, gowns and personalized announcements are ordered through the University Bookstore or during Countdown to Commencement. Orders for commencement attire are needed by October 31, 2019 to avoid a late fee. Tassels are also available for purchase. The University Bookstore is the official provider of graduation announcements and may be purchased year round. If you have any questions, the bookstore phone number is 608.342.1486.
  4. Your application for graduation/intent to graduate form requested a mailing address for your diploma and a copy of your final transcript. During the commencement ceremony, each student will receive a diploma cover along with a congratulatory word from the Chancellor. Students will receive the original diploma within approximately 12 weeks of the close of the semester after a review of academic credentials is completed and diplomas are ordered. If you need to change your diploma mailing address, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 608.342.1321.

Prior to Commencement

Beginning December 2, pick up your cap and gown (order deadline without late fees is October 31) at the University Bookstore in the Markee Pioneer Student Center; check your tassel color. Students with majors from more than one discipline must choose which color tassel to wear at commencement. Only one tassel may be worn.

Commencement Day

  1. Please park in designated areas. If you park on city streets, please observe signs with parking restrictions.
  2. All graduates should meet on the lower level of the Pioneer Activity Center (track level of Williams Fieldhouse). You should report to the check-in table to obtain your name card. KEEP THIS CARD – you need to hand it to the name reader on the stage during the ceremony.
    - 8 a.m. assembly for College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture
    - 11:30 a.m. assembly for College of Liberal Arts and Education and the School of Graduate Studies
    - 3 p.m. assembly for the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science
  3. After obtaining your name card, proceed to available tables to complete the reverse side. This information will be used by the photographer to send you your proofs. The Registrar or Assistant Registrar will be available if you have concerns about your name pronunciation.
  4. With the assistance of faculty or staff, arrange yourself with other graduates in alphabetic order within your college. Do not walk across the center of the track.
  5. Master’s degree candidates should wear their tassel on the left side of their cap. The hood should be draped over the right arm. The hood will be placed on graduates on-stage during the ceremony. Undergraduates should wear their tassel on the right side of their cap. Tassels will be moved to the left during the ceremony when directed to do so.
  6. Faculty leaders will lead you to the appropriate section in the gymnasium. The leaders will count the seats so please move in to completely fill each row.
  7. Remain standing in place until all graduates have entered. The faculty leaders will motion for you to be seated before the faculty procession begins. It is customary to remove your caps during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.
  8. When the dean calls your college, you will be directed to stand in unison. After some brief words, you will be directed to proceed to the stage in a single file line.
  9. Proceed up the ramp to the first turn. One person at a time may proceed from the turn to the top of the ramp and hand their card to the name reader. The next person should start walking to the top of the ramp as soon as the previous person reaches the name reader. As your name is read, walk across the stage. Your college dean and/or Provost Wilson will congratulate you at center stage. Proceed to Chancellor Shields to receive your diploma cover and shake his hand. Proceed down the ramp and have your photograph taken before returning to your seat.
  10. After the ceremony, the stage party and faculty will proceed out of the gym, but graduates may remain and connect with their family and friends.
  11. After greeting your guests, we ask your cooperation to promptly exit the gymnasium. There are three ceremonies held on Saturday and staff need to prepare for the incoming guests. You are invited to remain on campus either outdoors if weather permits or in the Markee Pioneer Student Center.

Commencement is the most preeminent event on campus. We know that you and your family are excited about your completion of your degree. While we expect people will celebrate this accomplishment, we ask that the celebration be respectful of others in attendance. Please do not allow your celebration to spoil the celebration of other guests and graduates. Since the gymnasium is usually filled to capacity, we ask that you consider those around you, including children and the elderly. Even though artificial noisemakers are not allowed, you will still be able to enjoy the festivities respectfully and tastefully.

The university alcohol and drug advisory committee also reminds everyone in attendance that commencement is a “no use event.” If you are believed to be intoxicated, you will be asked to leave.

Remember, have fun, stay safe and congratulations on your upcoming life-changing achievement. Be proud that you will soon be a diploma-wielding Pioneer.

Commencement is a university ceremony which recognizes academic achievement. Academic apparel is required for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville graduation ceremony. Official attire is ordered through the University Bookstore. Academic attire from third party providers may vary in quality, style, and color.

At UW-Platteville, both undergraduate and graduate students wear black robes and black mortarboard caps. All undergraduate students wear a tassel that identifies their academic field of study (see listing below). Graduate students receiving a master’s degree wear a black tassel on the left side of the mortarboard. Undergraduates wear their tassels on the right side of the mortarboard. It is suggested that students choose shoes and other articles of visible apparel that will harmonize with their academic gowns.

Undergraduate Honors

Only honors bestowed by the University are included in the program and recognized during the ceremony. Undergraduate students who have completed 48 or more credits at UW-Platteville and who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher wear gold honor cords. The honor cords are provided by the Office of the Registrar to eligible students. Undergraduate students whose cumulative grade point average is between 3.50 and 3.74 graduate Magna Cum Laude while undergraduate students whose cumulative grade point average is between 3.75 and 4.00 graduate Summa Cum Laude. Students walking early by petition will not have honors recognition.

International Study

Undergraduate international students may wear an international flag stole. This stole is white and features the flag of the student’s home country (right side) and the American flag (left side). UW-Platteville undergraduate students who have spent a full semester in an academic program studying in an international location may wear an international sash. This sash features the colors of the flag of the international location where a student has studied. Eligible students purchase these sashes through the University Bookstore.

Student Organizations, Honor Organizations or Campus Programs

Students who have qualified for membership in registered student organizations, honor organizations or campus programs (e.g. Office of Multicultural Student Affairs) during their studies at UW-Platteville may wear approved cords, stoles, sashes or pins. Gold cords are reserved for university honors and may not be used for other purposes.

Additional information, including an application form for organizations requesting approval for regalia, may be found in PioneerLink. Applications must be submitted no later than thirty days prior to commencement. A sub-committee appointed by the university commencement committee will review the request and the applicant will be notified of the decision.

SPECIAL NOTE: Students may wear only one standard size stole/sash. If a student is eligible to wear both cords and a stole/sash, the student may wear both.

Master's Hood

During the UW-Platteville commencement ceremony students earning master’s degrees are “hooded.” Master’s degree candidates carry their hoods over their right arms during the processional. The University does not provide the master’s hoods. Students should purchase the hood at the University Bookstore early in the semester in which they plan to graduate.

Tassel Colors

Brown - Fine Arts (Art & Theatre) Light Blue - Education Russet - Sustainable and Renewable Energy Systems
Crimson - Media Studies Maize - Agriculture (A.S. or B.S.); Biology; Reclamation, Environment and Conservation Sage - Physical Education
Drab (Tan) - Accounting, Applied Computer Science, Business Administration (A.S. or B.S.), Computer Science, Industrial Technology Management Navy - Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigation White - English, Foreign Language, History, International Studies, Mathematics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Associate of Arts and Science
Gold - Chemistry, General Sciences, Geography, Physics Orange - Engineering Pink - Music
Royal - Philosophy Black - Master's programs  

 

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The reception is held in the Markee Pioneer Student Center. All ceremonies are held in the Williams Fieldhouse, which is connected to the Pioneer Activity Center. We suggest using Lots 26, 3, 3A, 4, 5, 6, 7, 7A, and 8. All of these lots are a short walk to the Markee Pioneer Student Center and the Pioneer Athletic Center. Lot 9 is handicap parking only and close to both locations. You can find all of these parking lots on the parking map.