Graduation & Commencement Services

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.

For information regarding the commencement ceremony, please visit the commencement website.

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from UW-Whitewater!

Please make sure that you have applied for graduation a minimum of one full semester prior to your anticipated graduation term.  The graduation application is now accessed only through your Student Center in WINS.  Please refer to the WINS How-To page for further direction here.  If you have questions regarding your degree requirements, please contact your college.  The deadline for students to appear in the commencement program for the December 2020 term is November 6.  Students who apply after this date will not be included in the program.  Please note that a graduation fee of $65.00 will be added to your account during the semester you plan to graduate.
The December 2020 conferral date (last day of the term) for degrees is December 18, 2020.  Diplomas will be mailed out in March 2021 to the address you provided on your graduation application.  If you should need to change this at any time prior to March 2021, please send an email with the request to 

Here are some helpful links:

Apply for Graduation

Dual Degree Policy

Salute to Grads

Commencement Information and Ceremony Times

More Information  
Enrollment Deposit     Cap and Gown Purchase
Jostens Loan Services Exit Interview
Replacement Diplomas


Are you interested in volunteering for Commencement? Fill out this form here.