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Your Graduation

Your path to graduation began your first day as a Ranger. As you look forward to a future filled with Parkside pride, remember to take care of these final steps to ensure your graduation is a success.

Steps to Your Graduation

step 1

Track Your Degree Progress

Your Academic Advisement Report (AAR) compares your course work with the requirements for your degree. Review your report with your academic advisor. Undergraduates who have completed 90 hours of course work are highly encouraged to apply for graduation.

Note: Prior to Summer 2021, the report to review was the DARS.

step 2

Submit Your Graduation Application

Your student profile should be up to date before you submit your application. This includes information on your degree, major, concentration, and minor. Contact your advisor if the information is incorrect.

Submit your application by completing the online Graduation Application. A one-time $50.00 non-refundable fee is applied to your student account in SOLAR and must be paid within 10 working days.

type may vary due to COVID
Summer 2021* August 1, 2021 Winter (Dec 18) 2021*
Fall 2021 May 1, 2021 Winter (Dec 18) 2021
Spring 2022 December 1, 2021 Spring (May 14) 2022

*Summer graduates participate in the following December graduation ceremony unless otherwise requested using a Commencement Petition to Walk Form.

Students who wish to participate in a Commencement Ceremony other than the one appropriate to their graduation date may do so by submitting a Commencement Petition to Walk Form.

If you need to change your graduation date, simply resubmit the application and indicate "I'm changing my graduation date." There is no additional charge to change your date.

UW Flexible Option Undergraduate Program students may request a Graduation Audit.  More information about Flexible Option Graduation.

step 3

Get Your Cap and Gown*

All candidates must wear appropriate regalia in their entirety to participate in the commencement ceremony. You may not participate in the ceremony without full regalia. 


Regalia may be purchased from the Campus Bookstore (includes cap, gown, and tassel). No fitting is necessary. Please make sure you have a tassel with your cap as we do not have extras. 


Regalia must be rented through the Campus Bookstore (includes cap, gown, tassel and hood). You must order your regalia NO LATER than Dec 1 for Fall Commencement or Apr 1 for Spring Commencement. Orders after the deadline are not guaranteed. 

Information about cords can be found in the "Graduating with University Academic Honors" section below.

*Review instructions on the Graduation Send Off page
step 4

Commencement Details

May 15, 2021  |  Spring 2021 Commencement will be both a virtual ceremony and in-person college celebrations. Each college is planning their own in-person celebration, and they will be contacting their students directly.

Keep an eye on your Ranger Mail and visit the Ceremony Information page for more information about the UW-Parkside Commencement Ceremony.

step 5

Verify Your Name and Address for Your Diploma

Verify your name and permanent address on your SOLAR account. Your diploma will be mailed to your permanent address unless you provide a different address. The name on your diploma will be the name Parkside has on record, unless you indicate a different name.

If your name or address changes after you apply for graduation, contact graduation@uwp.edu.


Complete Your Financial Aid Exit Interview

If you have student loans, you need to complete an online exit interview.

For an overview of your federal loan balances and payment options, you can manage your federal loans all in one place.


Pay Your Bill

You will need to pay all your financial obligations to Parkside (such as library fines, parking tickets, rent) before the university will issue a diploma or transcript for you. You can makes payments on your SOLAR account.


Virtual Graduation Send Off

Graduation Send Off is a virtual one-stop opportunity to tackle the important details regarding your upcoming graduation.


We will mail diploma covers, commencement programs, and honor cords. Diplomas are mailed at a later date to the address listed on your student account. See step 5 for related information.

University Baccalaureate and Associate Degree Academic Honors GPA Requirements
(including all transfer courses): 

Cum Laude 3.500 – 3.699
Magna Cum Laude 3.700 – 3.899
Summa Cum Laude 3.900 – 4.000 

University Graduate Degree Academic Honors GPA Requirements
(including all transfer courses): 

With Distinction 3.830 – 4.000 

  • University Academic Honors for commencement is based upon grades earned PRIOR to the current semester. 
  • The final section of your DARS titled “Degree GPA” lists the GPA used to award Academic Honors. The Parkside cumulative GPA in SOLAR is based on Parkside coursework only and is NOT used for academic honors. 
  • Only University Academic Honors Cords will be distributed to eligible graduates at commencement check-in. 
  • Other cords may be distributed by the department/organization recognizing the honors. 
  • Final official University Academic Honors are determined during the final degree audit after final grades are posted and will appear on your transcript and on your diploma.


The process of being awarded an official degree. To be awarded a degree, candidates are required to apply for graduation. A final degree audit must be completed before a degree is officially awarded and this will not happen until AFTER the commencement ceremony. 


The ceremony is recognition by the University, family, and friends of the expected degree achievement. A.K.A - “Walking across the stage.” 

Many of our graduates have told us that there is a special person at Parkside who has really made a difference in their education. If someone has made your educational experience special, please consider sending a thank you note to those faculty or staff members.

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