The Spring Commencement Ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m and 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, in the Robert P. Knowles Center on campus. The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, College of Business and Economics and the College of Graduate Studies will be included in the 9:30 a.m. ceremony. The College of Arts and Science and the College of Education and Professional Studies will be included in the 2 p.m. ceremony. Complete details about the commencement ceremony are available at http://www.uwrf.edu/Registrar/CommencementInfo.cfm. Graduates should plan to arrive an hour early to check in and fill out a name card.
Adequate seating is usually available; therefore, no reserved seating is provided nor are tickets required. A sign language interpreter will also be provided in a designated area, and ushers will be available to assist anyone who is in need of this service. If you and/or your family members/other guests require special seating arrangements, please notify the Registrar’s Office at 715-425-3342 no later than May 3.
Caps, gowns and tassels are now available for purchase at the University Bookstore/Falcon Shop in the University Center. Flowers, pins, decorative jewelry, etc. may NOT be worn on the gown. If you have any questions about purchasing these items, as well as graduation announcements, diploma covers, etc., please contact the Bookstore at 715-425-3962.
If you are receiving any type of academic merit and need to wear cords for graduation, please contact your college’s Dean’s Office for information on where to pick up these items.
All of the campus parking lots will be available to the public without permits from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. on the day of the ceremony, and parking spaces are on a first-come, first-serve basis. The lots do fill up quickly and the streets going to and around Knowles become congested quickly, so please plan to arrive with plenty of time to get to the ceremony. If you have any questions or concerns about parking on campus, please contact the Parking Office at 715-425-3333.
Footage of the ceremony will be streaming live at http://sites.google.com/site/uwrftv/channel-19 at no charge and will start 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony. There will also be a professional photographer taking pictures of the graduates as they receive their diploma cover and then after they exit the stage. Proofs will be emailed to the address you indicate on your name card, given out the day of the ceremony.
Immediately after the ceremony, there will be a reception for the graduates down in the Hunt Arena. University backdrops will also be available for taking pictures.
If you decide that you no longer want to or are unable to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, please notify the Registrar’s Office at 715-425-3342 no later than May 3. You may also contact the Registrar’s Office with any questions or concerns about the Commencement Ceremony.