RANGER RESTART: Updates, resources, and FAQs

Graduation Send Off - ONLINE!

Graduation Send Off provides a great opportunity to take care of important details regarding your upcoming graduation at one time and in one place! For students graduating in May or August 2020, we've moved online. 

Looking for the virtual celebration? Click here!

Information Verification

You will be sent an email to your RangerMail account during the week of April 27. This email will contain your diploma name and diploma address. The exact spelling of your name and your diploma address may be changed, if needed, up until the final day of classes on May 15.

To change the spelling of your name or your address, all you need to do is to reply to the email sent to you. 

Questions? Email graduation@uwp.edu

Caps, Gowns, and Tassels

Order your cap, gown, and tassle

Although the May 16 commencement cermonies are canceled, plans for an epic celebration in December are underway, and we know there are many reasons to want graduation gear in the meantime. (At-home photo sessions, for one!) The Universty Bookstore is working to make these available on their website. In the meantime, read the instructions linked below and place your cap, gown, and tassel orders by email to: bookstore@uwp.edu

Undergraduate (PDF)  Graduate (PDF)

Do you have a gown you no longer need? 

Consider donating your gown to healthcare professionals. Gowns4Good is a national movement to address the growing need for personal protective equipment (PPE) by medical facilities in the fight against COVID-19. Graduation gowns are more effective than other PPE alternatives given their length, sleeves, and easy zippered access.


Graduation Announcements

and other graduation swag

Order personalized announcements, diploma frames, class rings, and more from Jostens. Now may be the perfect time to treat yourself to some graduation gifts... or share the links with anyone who wants to send a care package your way.

Announcements  Class Rings  More from Jostens

Also check out the University Bookstore for more graduation gifts.

Alumni Connections

As a graduate, you are automatically a member of the Parkside Alumni Association with free membership. Get ready for alumni news, events, and other updates by email. Stay connected with UW-Parkside on social media so you don’t miss a thing.

Federal Loan Repayment

If you received a subsidized, unsubsidized, or PLUS loan(s) under the Direct Loan Program or the FFEL Program, you must complete exit counseling when you graduate. Complete your federal student loan Exit Counseling online.

Navigate the student loan repayment process with confidence: make payments, change repayment plans, explore options, and get help based on where you are in the process with one central federal resource

Financial aid counseling is available by email or phone. Contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid during regular business hours.

Financial Education Resources

Transitioning out of college brings loads of responsibility and opportunities to take hold of every aspect of your future. Educators Credit Union provides a library of tools, tutorials, and everyday advice to help you master your personal finances.

ECU Library   ECU Graduate Resources (PDF)

Graduating Senior Survey

Fellow Rangers from generations of previous graduating classes have shared important information in the Graduating Student Survey. This data helps Parkside continue to deliver on its mission to support student success. Do your part by completing the survey, which can be found in SOLAR.


Graduation Photos

Professional Graduation Photos

On-site professional photography has been a favorite stop at Graduation Send-Off, and photographer Pete from Central Valley Studios has been snapping pictures of Parkside grads for many years. Although that's a hard one to replicate online, we invite you to schedule a session with Pete on his website when you feel the time is right.

Contact Pete to schedule an appointment or if you have questions: pete@cvstudios.com 

Central Valley Studios

DIY Graduation Photos

If you are going the DIY route for now, University Photographer Alyssa Nepper offers up some tips for taking your best selfies celebrating you and this time. As always, we invite you to share it to Parkside social media. If you post to Instagram, use hashtag #UWParkside to join the feed on Midnight Ranger and elsewhere!

Tips from Alyssa


Your Parkside email account will expire 4 terms (12 months) after your last day of attendance. This includes summer session and winterim session. 

As the 12 months approaches, you will be notified and reminded at 90 days, 60 days, 30 days, 14 days, 7 days, and 2 days prior to expiration. 

Any questions? Please contact the Help Desk at 262-595-2444.

Career Search and Grad School Resources

The Advising and Career Center offers Parkside graduates the same services that currently enrolled students receive. As alumni, you can request appointments, participate in on-campus recruiting, attend career fairs, and use the online career resources free of charge.

Advisors are available for virtual appointments for career search strategies, resume and cover letter assistance, and grad school exploration and preparation. Schedule an appointment on Navigate. 

Career Resources   Resume Guide (PDF)  Cover Letter Guide (PDF)


Handshake is a job search platform that gets to know you and connects your skills, interests, and passions with your goals. Search for jobs and be discovered based on good matches for you.


LinkedIn is a social networking website that connects you with people, jobs, news, and updates related to your industry of interest. Connect with people in your field to grow your network and help with your job search.

Big Interview

Enhance your interviewing skills by using Big Interview, an interactive online system that combines interview-training and practice. Use organization code Rangers123 to register for the account.

2020 Commencement Weekend

We have made the very difficult decision not to hold face-to-face commencement ceremonies as originally scheduled on Saturday, May 16. Instead, we are developing exciting plans for the biggest Commencement Ceremony in Parkside history to properly honor and recognize the success of our graduates.

Save the date: December 10-12, 2020 

Regardless of the status of the Commencement Ceremony, students who complete all graduation requirements by the end of the term will receive their diploma.


Graduation Services


Registrar's Office


Wyllie Hall D189
900 Wood Rd. 
Kenosha, WI 53144
Parking: Lots B, C

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