COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

Saturday, Dec 15, 2018  |  Sport & Activity Center, DeSimone Gymnasium
10 am, ceremony  |  9 am, doors open

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites you to celebrate the academic achievements of the newest graduating class. Join us at commencement to wish your Ranger continued success. 
 

GUEST INFO

No tickets are required for guests attending the ceremony. There is a limit of 6 guests per degree candidate. The doors open one hour prior to the ceremony, which lasts approximately 90 minutes. A reception for graduates and guests will follow the ceremony in Main Place of Wyllie Hall. 

10 AM CEREMONY

Sport and Activity Center opens at 9 am

 

ASSOCIATE DEGREE CANDIDATES

Arts and Humanities; Business, Economics, and Computing; Natural and Health Sciences; Social Sciences and Professional Studies

BACCALAUREATE DEGREE CANDIDATES

Arts and Humanities; Business, Economics, and Computing; Natural and Health Sciences; Social Sciences and Professional Studies

MASTERS DEGREE CANDIDATES

Business, Economics, and Computing; Natural and Health Sciences; Social Sciences and Professional Studies

RECEPTION

Petretti Field House

Following the ceremony, there is a special 50 Years celebration in the Petretti Fieldhouse (west side of the SAC). Enjoy food, music, and a chance to have your photo taken with Parkside backdrops. You might even grab a selfie with Ranger Bear.

WHERE TO GO 

DEGREE CANDIDATES

Report to the Fieldhouse in the Sport & Activity Center to check-in, pick up name cards, and assemble for the Commencement Procession.

ALL GUESTS

Go directly to the DeSimone Gymnasium. 

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS 

for degree candidates or guests

The DeSimone Gymnasium is primarily bleacher seating. Degree candidates or guests who require special accommodations for the ceremony should notify the Office of the Registrar by email two weeks prior to the ceremony. 

Please email graduation@uwp.edu to request consideration. 

ADDITIONAL INFO

 

The Commencement Ceremony is held in the Sport and Activity Center.

Free parking is available in surface lots surrounding the Sport and Activity Center, and additional free parking is available in the nearby Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities lots. 

DIRECTIONS TO CAMPUS   |   CAMPUS MAP

 

Only diploma covers are received on stage at the commencement ceremony. Actual degrees and diplomas are NOT awarded at the commencement ceremony.

All candidates must wear appropriate regalia in their entirety to participate in the commencement ceremony. 

BACHELORS DEGREE CANDIDATE

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. 

MASTERS DEGREE CANDIDATE

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

You may not participate in the commencement ceremony without full regalia. 

Read more about obtaining regalia on Steps to Your Graduation.

University Baccalaureate 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 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 spring 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 spring grades are posted and will appear on your transcript and on your diploma 

GRADUATION

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. 

Read more about graduation requirements on Steps to Your Graduation.

COMMENCEMENT

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