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Information for Graduates

Spring 2020 Graduates -

Virtual Celebration video and Warhawks Rising

Over the weekend, UW-Whitewater celebrated the Class of 2020 with the video premiere of our Virtual Celebration of Graduates as well as the online portrait project called Warhawks Rising.

The Virtual Celebration — which featured the chancellor and other leaders, our two student speakers and a musical tribute — has more than 16,000 views. 

About 700 graduating students (both undergraduate and graduate) submitted their photos to the Warhawks Rising campaign on Facebook, along with information on their top academic and personal achievements and special shout-outs to inspiring faculty and staff. These posts were in turn commented on and shared by family, friends and members of the Warhawk family. 

In case you did not have the opportunity to view them, links can be found below:

Virtual Celebration video >>

Warhawks Rising photos >>


In-Person Commencement Ceremony -

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremonies at the Whitewater and Rock County campuses have been postponed. Due to the ongoing nature of the pandemic and the Safer-at-Home orders, we do not know at this point when a ceremony will be feasible. We are exploring potential dates and will be sure to let you know when a firm date is set. The graduation fee covers multiple costs not covered by tuition and other student fees. As we explore options to hold a ceremony for the spring 2020 graduates, the costs for the ceremony will still be incurred.  

Apply to graduate

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; Letters and Sciences – Deb Connelly, 262-472-1620; Associate of Arts Degree – Registrar's Office, 262-472-1570. 

Cap and Gown Orders

For the safety of all involved, the bookstore is highly recommending that graduates have their orders shipped to them. If a situation does not allow your order to be shipped, contact the bookstore to arrange a safe in store pick-up. Email to arrange.

In Store Pick-up:

Currently, we have a pick-up area inside the bookstore building, but outside of the store.  Pick-up is available 8am-4pm Monday-Friday.

If circumstances change, we will update our website and social media sites.

For Shipping:

If you already purchased your cap n' gown and would now like it shipped please follow the below link to the Bookstore's website. There is a $5.99 charge for shipping and the below link will enable you to pay for the shipping cost. Please add the item to your cart, select In Store Pick-up, and pay through the website. We'll ship out your cap n' gown when they're received in late April. 

Click this link to access the Bookstore Website‚Äč

For Cancellations/Refunds:

If you would like to cancel or return your cap n' gown purchase please email with the following information:

  • Name
  • Contact phone #
  • Did you purchase online or in-store?

*If you made your purchase in our store, we will have to contact you in order to process the refund.*

 Please allow 5-7 days after email for us to process the refunds.

Commencement training video

The day of commencement

Pick up your cap and gown if you have not already done so. The University Bookstore will open at 8 a.m. Arrive at the Williams Center/Kachel Fieldhouse at least one hour before your ceremony starts and report to Gym 1 on the second floor. You must check in at the Registrar’s table to pick up your name card and photo information. Remember to distribute your tickets to family and friends prior to the ceremony.


Questions on caps and gowns or announcements – contact the University Bookstore at 262-472-1281. Questions regarding graduation status (undergraduates) – contact the Registrar’s Office at 262-472-1570. Questions regarding the ceremony – send an email to Questions regarding accommodations  – contact the Center for Students with Disabilities at 262-472-4711. Questions on parking – call Parking Services at 262-472-1011.