Graduation checklist

A page within Commencement


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: 1205 Wittich Hall
  • College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Humanities: 138 Wimberly Hall Hall
  • College of Science and Health: 105 Graff Main Hall
  • School of Education: 235 Morris 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 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.


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 and winter intersession graduates: Summer graduates traditionally participate in the Spring (May) commencement commencement preceding actual completion of all requirements (April 1 deadline to be listed in the program). Winter intersession graduates traditionally participate in the Fall (December) commencement preceding actual completion of all requirements (November 1 deadline to be listed in the program). Students should contact their College Academic Services Office for approval to participate in a commencement ceremony other than the one they would traditionally participate in. 



Attend Caps Off to Commencement

3–6 p.m., April 12, 2023
Cleary Alumni & Friends Center


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



Senior Class Gift

Make a $20 donation to the area of campus that means the most to you by Venmoing @UWLFOUNDATION. As a thank you, you will receive an exclusive white tassel for Commencement (pick up at Cleary Alumni & Friends Center) AND a free one-year Alumni Association membership, thanks to the generosity of Alumni Association Board of Directors. Show your UWL pride by giving back before you graduate. Contact UWL Senior Class Giving Officer Macy Carty with questions.



Sign the digital yearbook!

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

  1. Go to 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, December 15  – The Digital Commencement Celebration goes live Sunday, December 18. 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).

Sign the digital yearbook!

Note: Diploma covers are provided to graduating students at the Commencement ceremony. If you are not planning on attending the ceremony, you may request that your diploma cover is mailed to you.


Order announcements/invitations



Update your information in WINGS

Make sure that your email address and HOME address is correct. Your diploma will be mailed to the HOME address provided.



Complete the First Destination Survey

Please tell us about your post-graduate career plans. Takes less than 5 minutes and is completely confidential.


Participate in Commencement

Ceremony: 11 a.m., December 18, 2022

  • College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities
  • College of Science and Health
  • College of Business Administration
  • School of Education
  • Associate Degree Candidates
  • Graduate Degree Candidates

Graduate Students Hooding Ceremony

  • The Hooding Ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the La Crosse Center.