The spring 2021 commencement at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will be held in a hybrid format, allowing graduates an opportunity to cross the stage in cap and gown and receive their degrees in person, and providing the speeches, music and other traditional elements in a virtual format. About 1,775 students from both the Whitewater and Rock County campuses are expected to participate.

“We know from students and their families that crossing the stage is a powerful and emotional moment in the academic journey,” said Chancellor Dwight C. Watson. “Our Warhawks have worked to achieve this important milestone under remarkably difficult circumstances. We are happy to offer our graduates the opportunity to take this important step in person.” 

On Friday, May 14, students will be recorded crossing the stage at either Young Auditorium or Kachel Fieldhouse in cap and gown as their names are read. Masks must be worn at all times and social distancing must be observed in keeping with the university’s COVID-19 protocols. Graduates will be contacted regarding their specific line-up time and location.

Then, on Saturday, May 15, the entire recorded ceremony — including students crossing the stage — will be shared online on this page at 1 p.m., allowing graduates to watch it with their friends and family members. The video will also be available for viewing at a later time.

Photographers will be on hand to take photos on May 14 as students cross the stage, and students will receive printed commencement booklets. Because of limitations on gatherings, we cannot accommodate any guests. And, because of space limitations, the ceremony is reserved for 2021 graduates.


Warhawks Rising social media campaign

Engage with graduating students on Facebook, where they share a photo and highlights from their college experience and offer a shoutout to a faculty or staff member who made a difference in their lives. Watch your email for the form to participate. All information is due by noon CST, Friday, April 30. Late submissions won't be posted in time for commencement.

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Congratulations, class of 2021! GO WARHAWKS!

Make sure you have filled out your graduation application, which can be accessed in your Student Center in WINS. Please see the WINS How-To page Graduation - Apply.

If you have questions about your graduation status, contact the Registrar’s Office or your specific college immediately:

Arts and Communication – 262-472-1221
Business and Economics – Advising and Career Services Office, 262-472-4900
Education and Professional Studies – Jillian Smith, 262-472-1059
Integrated Studies – 608-898-6541
Letters and Sciences – Deb Connelly, 262-472-1620
Associate of Arts Degree – Registrar's Office, 262-472-1570 

Graduation regalia for both Undergraduates and Masters students are available for purchase from the University Bookstore. You can purchase cap, gown, tassel, and diploma frames either in-store or through our website.

Online orders can be shipped to you, or they can be picked up at the Bookstore in our contact-free bins during our business hours.

Any questions can be sent to or you may contact the store at 262-472-1280.

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