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.

Are tickets necessary for guests? expanding section

Tickets are not necessary. A maximum of 6 guests per graduating student is recommended.

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

No, your name will be read simply based on students who attend the ceremony. If you do not attend, your name will not be read. If you plan to attend, you will be given a card to write your name on and you will hand that card to the name reader as you walk across the stage. No list is provided that indicate who can walk and who cannot walk. Attending commencement does not mean that the student has actually graduated (degree conferral occurs after final grades are received).

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.

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.

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.

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

Yes, you can still get a diploma cover. Details regarding how to request a diploma cover are available here.

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.

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. 

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

Both in the spring (May) and winter (December). The winter commencement ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, December 18 at the La Crosse Center.

When should I arrive for commencement? expanding section

Doors to the La Crosse Center will open 90 minutes prior to each commencement ceremony's start time.

 

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.

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.

Where should I park? expanding section

Parking is available outside the La Crosse Center. Handicapped parking spaces are located throughout the downtown area.

Which 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.

Who sends out diplomas? expanding section

The Office of the Registrar.