Graduation & Commencement Services

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.  

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 printed commencement program for the May 2020 term is March 9.  Students who apply after this date will not be included in the program.  Please note that a graduation fee of $45.00 will be added to your account during the semester you plan to graduate.
The May 2020 conferral date (last day of the term) for degrees is May 19, 2020.  Diplomas will be mailed out in August 2020 to the address you provided on your graduation application.  If you should need to change this at any time prior to August 2020, 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


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

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