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Will there be a Spring Commencement ceremony in 2021? expanding section

All graduating undergraduate students will be invited to walk the stage at the La Crosse Center to receive their diploma. Graduate students will have options for a ceremony associated with their individual programs or the Graduate Studies Office.

I don't plan on attending/walking in the commencement ceremony; can I still get a diploma cover? expanding section

Yes, diploma covers will be available for pickup on campus during finals week; specific details will be available soon.

I don't plan on attending/walking in the commencement ceremony; can I still get a copy of the Commencement program? expanding section

Yes, Commencement programs will be available for pickup on campus during finals week; specific details will be available soon.

I am a graduate student; can I attend the May 2021 Commencement ceremony? expanding section

All graduating undergraduate students will be invited to walk the stage at the La Crosse Center to receive their diploma. Graduate students will have options for a ceremony associated with their individual programs or the Graduate Studies Office.

When does UW-La Crosse hold graduation ceremonies? expanding section

Both in the spring (May) and winter (December). The spring 2021 Commencement ceremonies will take place on May 15 and May 16.

Are tickets necessary for guests? expanding section
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.
Where should I park? expanding section

Students may utilize city parking is available outside the La Crosse Center. Handicapped parking spaces are located throughout the downtown area.

When should I arrive for commencement? expanding section

Students, information on the timing of the spring 2021 commencement ceremonies is to be determined. Updates will be posted when they are available.

What are the dates and times of future commencements? expanding section

Dates and times of future commencement ceremonies will be posted on the commencement website as soon as they are set. If they are not posted there, they have not yet been set.

How can I find the La Crosse Center? expanding section

For those guests unfamiliar with the layout of the city of La Crosse, please click on Google maps for directions.

Where do I get my cap and gown? expanding section

All commencement-related materials (invitations, announcements, caps, gowns, tassels, class rings, etc.) can be purchased from the UW-La Crosse Bookstore and can be reached by phone at 608.785.8855.

How do I get my actual diploma? expanding section

It will be mailed to the student’s “home” address listed in WINGS.

University Records and Registration mails diplomas within ten weeks of commencement.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they have an accurate/appropriate address on file.

Am I required to participate in Commencement to receive my diploma? expanding section

Participation in the Commencement Convocation is optional, but encouraged. All students participating in the Commencement Convocation will receive a diploma cover. The official diploma is mailed after the degree conferral process is completed at the end of each term.

Who sends out diplomas? expanding section

The Office of the Registrar.

When will our degree show up on the transcript? expanding section

Degrees will be reflected on the academic transcript after the record has been reviewed, confirming that all graduation requirements have been satisfied. This process is called degree conferral.

What is the appropriate dress for the graduating student? expanding section

Business casual or formal dress is suggested.  It is highly recommended that ladies wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking in a procession and up and down stairs. 

How is the color of the "hood" determined in the academic apparel? expanding section

The color of the “hood” is contingent upon the scholarly field of study, following the guidelines by the American Council on Education.

What side of the cap is the tassel worn? expanding section

As an associate or bachelor degree candidate, you will march into the La Crosse Center Area with your tassel on the right side. After the Chancellor announces your degree conferral, you will switch the tassel to the left side. As a masters and doctoral degree candidate, you will march into the La Crosse Center Area with your tassel on the left side.

As a graduate student in the Master’s program, will I be recognized for graduation honors? expanding section

There are no graduation honors for students earning Masters and Doctoral Degrees.

Do I need to notify anyone if I plan to walk in the commencement ceremony OR, if I choose NOT to walk in the commencement ceremony? expanding section

Yes, students must confirm their attendance in April 2021 to participate in the spring 2021 Commencement ceremonies. Details for this confirmation will be provided soon.