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.


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. 


Couch Commencement

As graduating students, you will be asked to contribute a photo and words of encouragement or thanks. When complete, this couch commencement will include a wall of grads, sharable social filters and frames, videos from departments and speakers, a downloadable program document, pomp and circumstance, and more. UWL’s celebration of graduates will be made public on the morning of May 16, 2020. Submit your contributions by May 12 as follows: 

  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 picture—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 May 12—Couch commencement goes live May 16. We will review 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)


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


Order announcements/invitations


Pre-order class t-shirts


Attend commencement