Graduation checklist

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Complete the checklist by May 12 to be entered to win a prize from the UWL Bookstore!

The Commencement checklist guides you through some last tasks leading up to May's graduation. For the 2021 spring semester, the UWL Bookstore is offering a prize for completing items on the checklist by May 12. The online submission form provides more details.


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: 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 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. 



Confirm attendance at Commencement

Student seating will be assigned at the Commencement ceremonies. Undergraduate students who plan to graduate in spring 2021 will be sent an email on April 6, 2021. The email will have a link to a survey. All students are asked to complete the survey, by April 19, and provide their intentions whether they plan to attend or don't plan to attend Commencement. 


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

No returns are available for commencement regalia purchases.


Order announcements/invitations


Pre-order class t-shirts



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


Participate in Commencement

Undergraduate Ceremonies: May 15, 2021

  • 9 a.m. - College of Business Administration
  • 11:30 a.m. - College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities & School of Education [including EC-MC; MC-EA; STEP (English, History, Social Studies); World Language Education; Art Education; Music Education]; associate degree candidates
  • 2:30 p.m. - College of Science and Health & School of Education [including STEP (Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics); PETE]

Graduate Students Hooding Ceremony: May 15, 2021