Graduation checklist

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Apply for graduation

Graduate and undergraduate students must apply for graduation in WINGS immediately after registering for your final semester at UW-La Crosse. We also recommend undergraduate students review their Advisement Report (AR) after registering for their final semester and raise any concerns or questions with their College Academic Services Office.

  • Fall (December) and winter intersession (January) graduates must file by May 1
  • Spring (May) and summer (August) graduates must file by December 1

The Application for Graduation can be found in the Student Center in WINGS. Click the drop down arrow found under the Academics section of the Student Center. Click Apply for Graduation and click the double arrow icon (this will go to the My Academics page). Click on the Academic Program link. Select the Expected Graduation Term and select Continue. Read the Graduation Instructions and Continue. Verify all of the information is correct. If so, click on Submit Application. If not, click the Select Different Program and make the necessary adjustments.  

Students wishing to apply for an Associate Degree must complete and submit a paper application to the Office of Records & Registration, 117 Graff Main Hall.

After the application is submitted, the student’s College Academic Services Office will review the student’s academic record to verify the completion of all requirements for the degree. The student will be notified by email if any degree requirements are not satisfied.

College Academic Services Offices:

  • College of Business Administration: 138 Wimberly Hall
  • College of Liberal Studies: 235 Morris Hall
  • College of Science and Health: 105 Graff Main Hall
  • School of Education: 145 Graff Main Hall

One month prior to the ceremony, commencement day instructions will be emailed to all students who have applied to graduate.

Students are automatically charged a $38 graduation fee when 95 credits (undergraduates) or 20 credits (graduates) have been earned. This is a one-time fee and applies whether or not the student chooses to attend the commencement ceremony.


Attend 'Countdown to Commencement'

The one-stop-shop for seniors’ graduation needs, Countdown to Commencement at the University Bookstore in the Student Union.

  • Winter 2019: Tuesday, November 19
    • Bookstore, Student Union
    • 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Graduating seniors can stop by any time between 10 a.m.–1 p.m. to order graduation announcements; receive cap and gown and commencement day information; job search information from Career Services; and join the Alumni Association.

For more information call the University Bookstore at 608.785.8855.


Commencement program

The commencement program for the Winter Commencement held in December is submitted for publication by November 1. Students who apply to graduate through WINGS after November 1, will not be listed in the commencement program.

The commencement program for the Spring Commencement held in May is submitted for publication by April 1. Students who apply to graduate through WINGS after April 1, will not be listed in the commencement program.

NOTE for summer graduates: Summer graduates traditionally participate in the Spring (May) commencement program preceding actual completion of all requirements (April 1 deadline to be listed in the program). Students should contact their College Academic Services Office for approval to participate in the Winter Commencement ceremony which follows completion of all requirements.


Purchase apparel: cap, gown, hood, honor cords and more


Order announcements/invitations


Pre-order flowers & class t-shirts


Attend commencement