Coronavirus Updates and Information

Summer Commencement Planning


The below information is for all spring 2020 planned graduates, which also includes summer 2020 Traditional Undergraduate (Trad) and Dual Enrollment (DE) planned graduates. Trad and DE students must have all academic requirements met prior to the beginning of fall semester 2020. Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Studies students must have all academic requirements met by the end of spring semester 2020.

Diverse students at graduation

Due to the impact and uncertainties of the COVID-19 situation, the decision was made to postpone Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies, originally scheduled for May 16. Those ceremonies were then scheduled to occur on August 15. Due to continued COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremonies have been rescheduled for December. Details will be communicated in the coming weeks.


Watch UNW Commencement Online

Guests who cannot attend the event can watch the ceremonies live.

You may review recent commencement ceremonies online.

Summer Commencement Schedule of Events:

Date/ Time Commencement Activity
Friday, August 14, 2020

6–8 p.m.

Regalia and Ticket distribution in the Billy Graham Community Life Commons for all participating graduates
Saturday, August 15, 2020

10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Regalia and Ticket distribution in the Billy Graham Community Life Commons for all participating graduates
2:15–3:30 p.m.Commencement rehearsal in Knight Performance Hall for all participating graduates
4:15 p.m.Participating graduates for afternoon ceremony assemble in regalia in Nazareth Hall, 2nd floor
5–6:30 p.m.*Commencement ceremony in Knight Performance Hall
6:30–7:30 p.m.Commencement reception: outdoors in front of the Billy Graham Community Life Commons
7:15 p.m.Participating graduates for evening ceremony assemble in regalia in Nazareth Hall, 2nd floor
8–9:30 p.m.*Commencement ceremony in Knight Performance Hall
9:30–10:30 p.m.Commencement reception: inside the Billy Graham Community Life Commons

Ceremonies

*Each ceremony includes designated colleges and academic departments and schools. All majors within designated colleges/departments/schools will march with their respective college/department/school. These designations will be determined by early July and displayed here at that time.

Regalia: Caps, Gowns, and Hoods

  • If you plan to attend the August commencement, but did not previously order regalia, please contact Eileen Blatchley at
    ekblatchley@unwsp.edu by June 8.
  • Regalia will be distributed in the Billy Graham Community Life Commons on Friday, August 14 (6 – 8 p.m.) and Saturday, August 15 (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.).
  • Regalia must be returned to room G210 in the Billy Graham Community Life Commons following the commencement ceremony. Graduates may keep their cap and tassel.

Commencement Tickets

  • For viewing of commencement ceremonies in Knight Performance Hall, tickets are required for guests of participating planned graduates.
  • Tickets will be distributed to participating planned graduates in the Billy Graham Community Life Commons on Friday, August 14 (6 – 8 p.m.) and Saturday, August 15 (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.). Each participating graduate will receive 4 (four) tickets.
  • Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, overflow seating will not be available; however, for those who do not have tickets or are unable to attend, the ceremonies will be live-streamed so they can be viewed from other locations.

Guests and/or Graduates with Special Needs?

  • For guests and/or graduates who will be attending commencement who have accommodation needs (e.g., wheelchair/ADA, hearing impaired or interpreter/translation requests, etc.), please complete and submit a request form by no later than Monday, August 3.
    • Note: Before submitting the request form, you will need to know which ceremony your chosen major will be in. This will be determined by early July and displayed in the "Ceremonies" section above at that time.

Professional Photographers

  • Each graduate will be photographed as diploma covers are presented and at a posed location at the side of the stage.
  • After graduation, graduates will be given the opportunity to purchase pictures directly from Lifetouch.

Diplomas

Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Studies students: Diplomas will be mailed beginning in early June.

Traditional Undergraduate and Dual Enrollment students: Diplomas will be mailed beginning in late June.

Diplomas are sent after graduates have fulfilled all degree requirements and resolved any student account holds. This includes paying the graduation fee charged to the graduate's account the last term the graduate registers (undergraduate: $75; graduate: $100).

(Note: Diploma lists degree only. Transcript lists degree, major[s], and any minor[s].

Desktop Diploma

A Uploma™ provides another way to display a college degree. This desktop diploma is completely customizable to fit any major, achievements, graduation year, and school pride. You may order your Uploma online.

Questions?

Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Studies Students: 866-492-7877 or 651-628-3400; AGS@unwsp.edu

Dual Enrollment Students: 888-216-0069 or 651-631-5300; DE@unwsp.edu

Traditional Undergraduate Students: 800-692-4020, ext. 5119; or 651-631-5119; Registrar@unwsp.edu

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