Preparing for Graduation

Students approaching completion of their program should:

  1. Review with their major advisor(s) all coursework, credits earned, and possible waivers or changes to their degree
  2. Inform the Registrar's office of any degree changes, substitutions, or waivers
  3. File an Intent to Graduate form with the Registrar's office 6-12 months before they plan to graduate
  4. Prepare for Commencement (attendance is strongly encouraged) by obtaining a cap and gown, tassel, announcements, etc. Contact the University Bookstore in the Markeee Pioneer Student Center regarding orders.

Graduation Fee

Every semester the Registrar's Office is required to notify various offices of potential graduates for that semester. Graduating students are billed for a graduation fee of $40.00. A lending institution may contact a student regarding loan repayment. Students should keep this in mind when choosing to file the intent to graduate form.


Commencements are held twice each year, at the end of the fall and spring semesters. All coursework (including co-ops, internships, and student teaching) must be completed before a degree will be awarded, and attendance at a commencement ceremony is permitted.

Candidates for graduation at the end of a summer session are included in the May commencement. However, they may, if they wish, attend the May or December commencement. Summer graduates must inform the Registrar if they wish to attend the December commencement.

Although attendance is optional, we strongly encourage all graduates and their families to attend this important ceremony and celebrate the achievements of our new graduates.

To request disability accommodations, contact the Registrar's office at 608-342-1321 or

Registrar: Graduation

May 2018 Commencement

Location - Williams Fieldhouse

Date - Friday, May 11, 2018
     ♦ School of Business - 7:00pm
       (Accounting, Business, Media Studies)
     ♦ School of Graduate Studies
       (all Master's programs) - 7:00pm

Date - Saturday, May 12, 2018

     Masters candidates see Friday

     ♦ College of BILSA-9:00 am
       (excluding School of Business)
     ♦ College of LAE-12:30 pm
     ♦ College of EMS-4:00 pm

Future Commencement Dates

     December 15, 2018

     May 10-11, 2019

     December 14, 2019

     May 15-16, 2020



May 2018 Video

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