Commencement

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Remember to book your seat!

Book Your Seat by April 19

  • Undergraduate student seating will be assigned at the Commencement ceremonies.
  • All students who submitted their intent to graduate will be sent a survey from Qualtrics on April 6.
  • The survey must be completed by April 19 to "book your seat" at Commencement.

Spring Commencement: May 15, 2021

Ceremony Times

  • 9 a.m. - College of Business Administration
  • 11:30 a.m. - College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities & School of Education [including EC-MC; MC-EA; STEP (English, History, Social Studies); World Language Education; Art Education; Music Education]; associate degree candidates
  • 2:30 p.m. - College of Science and Health & School of Education [including STEP (Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics); PETE]

Location

La Crosse Center
300 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse WI

Book Your Seat

  • Undergraduate student seating will be assigned at the Commencement ceremonies.
  • All students who submitted their intent to graduate will be sent a survey from Qualtrics on April 6.
  • The survey must be completed by April 19 to "book your seat" at Commencement.
Given the state of the public health situation, UWL will host Commencement events for Class of 2021 graduates in person, but families and guests will attend virtually.
 
Why no spectators?
  • UWL wants to celebrate our graduates safely and joyfully. 
  • CDC guidelines continue to limit the size of events in order to reduce viral spread.
  • Decisions about commencement need to be made in March 2021 to secure spaces and logistics.
  • UWL and many other universities are holding commencements in this manner to best accommodate the many competing needs.
  • The decision will not change even with increased vaccination rates.

In-person events:
All graduating undergraduate students will be invited to walk the stage at the La Crosse Center to receive their diploma. The in-person Commencement ceremony will be broken into multiple events. For health and safety reasons, no spectators will be allowed at the events, however these ceremonies will be livestreamed and recorded for family and friends.

Graduate students will have options for a ceremony associated with their individual programs or the Graduate Studies Office.

Virtual events:
As mentioned, many of the in-person events will be available online via livestreaming. We will also continue our newer tradition, the “couch commencement” – an online celebration with commencement videos, congratulatory messages from university departments, and the online yearbook messages and photos.

Additional information will be shared, here, in the coming weeks.

Couch Commencement: Sign the digital yearbook!

We are excited to be putting together our spring 2021 Couch Commencement page. This is a supplement to the in-person ceremonies, and is the page  where the in-person ceremonies will be live-streamed online. This is open to all graduating students—undergraduate or graduate. We need your help.

Please take a moment to sign the digital yearbook – it is open now for students who are graduating!

  1. Go to https://share.uwlax.edu/celebration and log in using your UWL NetID. Once in, some of the information for your bio will be populated for you.
  2. Profile pic – upload an image. We’d love to see you in your UWL gear or wearing your graduation cap if you have one. Also, we are creating a number of UWL frames, filters and stickers for Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for you to share your UWL graduation pride. Ideally, choose a photo of yourself rather than a group photo.
  3. Words of encouragement or thanks – 600 characters. Say thank you to your family or professors. Tell your friends they’re amazing.
  4. Submit by Thursday, May 13 – Couch commencement goes live Saturday, May 15. We will review your submission and contact you if we have any questions. Please remember, this will be a public site that will be viewable by family and friends (and, in theory, future employers).

Commencement programs and diploma covers will be available for pick-up May 12–13. Times and locations will be communicated closer to the pick-up dates. Diplomas will be mailed to your address listed in WINGS approximately six weeks after grades have been submitted.

We are so proud of you and all you’ve done to get to this major milestone. We look forward to sharing this online celebration with you. Thanks for contributing to help us make it something special.