Information for Graduates

The basics

Commencement ceremonies are on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in the Kachel Fieldhouse. The ceremony for the colleges of Arts and Communication and Business and Economics begins at 10 a.m. The ceremony for the colleges of Education and Professional Studies and Letters and Sciences begins at 3 p.m.

Apply to graduate

Make sure you have filed your application for graduation. If you still have questions about your graduation status, contact the Registrar’s Office or your specific college immediately: Arts and Communication – Michael Allsen, 262-472-1217; Business and Economics – Advising and Career Services Office, 262-472-4900; Education and Professional Studies – Jillian Smith, 262-472-1059; Letters and Sciences – Deb Klocek, 262-472-1620; Associate Degree – Lydia Lobrano, 262-472-1570. 

Cap and gown orders

You may place cap and gown orders at the Salute to Grads event on March 6 and March 7, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the University Bookstore, online through the University Bookstore, or in person at the bookstore. Payment is due at the time of ordering and prices are subject to change for orders placed after Friday, March 23. If you are eligible for an honor cord, you may purchase it at the bookstore for $10.98 plus tax. The bookstore will have a list of graduates who qualify to walk with honors. International sashes are available at the bookstore for $37 plus tax for one country (multiple countries available for additional fees). Be sure to order by Friday, March 23. Pick up your cap and gown from the University Bookstore during the week of Monday, May 14. Students choosing to participate in the ceremony must wear an approved cap and gown.

Cap decorating and regalia guidelines

Please be sure to review the guidelines for regalia, including rules for decorating your cap. Download PDF >>


Pick up your seven complimentary commencement tickets at the Greenhilll Center of the Arts Box Office. Tickets will be available to graduates from Monday, April 16, through 3 p.m. Friday, May 18. Photo I.D. is required. Tickets are issued only once and, if lost, will not be replaced. Please note that state law and university policy prohibit you from selling your commencement tickets. Students who sell tickets will be reported to the police, as well as face university disciplinary action, which could affect their degree.

Commencement open house

Attend the commencement open house on Thursday, May 17, at 3 p.m. in the Kachel Fieldhouse. The event is for any student with questions regarding the commencement ceremony.

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, announcements – contact the University Bookstore at 262-472-1281. Questions regarding graduation status (undergraduates) – contact Sonia Gambsky in the Registrar’s Office at 262-472-1570. Questions regarding the ceremony – contact Lydia Lobrano in the Registrar’s Office at 262-472-1570. Questions regarding accommodations  – contact the Center for Students with Disabilities at 262-472-4711. Questions on parking – call Parking Services at 262-472-1011.