Spring/Summer Ceremony Details for Graduates
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's Spring/Summer Commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at the Kress Events Center (click here for directions and locate building #18).
The Commencement ceremony is approximately 2 hours in length.
In order to participate in the ceremony, you must sign up online by noon on May 10, 2013. (Important note: To have your name included in the program booklet, please sign up by April 19.) To do this, go to www.uwgb.edu/sis. Log in as you normally do, select Academics, then Edit Graduation Information (or Apply for Graduation, if you haven't done so yet). After all the fields are complete, click on SAVE at the bottom and then GRADUATION CONFIRMATION.
Based on seating capacity at The Kress Events Center, each graduate can request up to four admission tickets when registering to participate in the ceremony. Because seating is limited, please order only the number of tickets you need. All tickets requested MUST be picked up in Cofrin Library Room 835 no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 10. Unclaimed tickets will be distributed to other students requesting them. After the signup deadline, one additional ticket per day can be picked up in person from the Office of the Provost, CL835, starting Monday, May 13, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis until the remaining tickets are gone. Student ID is required to pick up tickets. Please call 465-2082 or email email@example.com if you have questions or concerns.
Although we can’t guarantee that all of your guests will be able to get seated in the auditorium, we do encourage you to bring all of your guests to the ceremony even if they don’t have tickets. More often than not, students only use some of the tickets they order and seats are available shortly before the start of the ceremony. In addition, keep in mind that the entire ceremony will be running on closed-circuit monitors in the Special Events Room, where there will be seating. We do want your family and friends to be able to see you graduate, so please don’t let a lack of tickets keep them from attending.
Handicapped parking is available in the Kress Events Center parking lot, and wheelchair accessible seating is available. An usher will seat your guest(s) in the designated area upon arrival.
The robing and assembly of graduates will take place in the Dick Bennett Gym and the processional will lead into the Kress Center (main gym). There will be signs directing you where to go for assembly. The outside doors of the Kress Events Center will be open at 8:00 a.m., as for normal business hours. The Kress Center will open at 10:00 a.m. for guest seating. Graduates should plan to arrive no later than 10:30 in order to robe and be ready for the assembly and processional instructions. Please note: Guests are not allowed in the assembly area.
Graduate Robing and Processional
Student marshals and volunteer staff will assist you with robing and finding your chair. Graduates line up in alphabetical order by major. A name announcement card will be taped to your assigned chair in the Dick Bennett Gym. YOU WILL NEED TO TAKE THIS WITH YOU TO THE CEREMONY.
We cannot guarantee the security of any personal items, so do not leave any valuables in the assembly area during the ceremony.
Please be robed and in your seat no later than 10:45 for for a lineup count and final instructions. Anyone not seated at this time will be placed at the end of the processional - NO EXCEPTIONS. As there will be no rehearsal, it is very important that you hear and follow the instructions. The processional begins at 11:15 sharp.
Follow the lead of the student marshals during the processional. When you arrive at your chair in the Kress Center (main gym), remain standing
Three categories of degrees are awarded: Masters, Associate of Arts and Sciences, and Bachelor's degrees. Following a certain amount of pomp and circumstance, the Chancellor will call graduates in the degree categories to the platform to receive their diplomas.
Bachelors degree and associate degree candidates: Tassels worn on the right of your cap until directed to switch.
Master's degree candidates: Tassels worn on the left for the duration of the ceremony. You will carry your hoods to the stage and will be hooded by the Director of Graduate Studies and your major professor.
Student marshals will direct you through the ceremony. As you approach the stage, hand your name announcement card to the announcer. You will receive your diploma from the Chancellor and walk across the stage to be congratulated by the discipline chair from your academic area. A photographer will take your picture at the far end of the stage. A student marshal will then direct you back to your chair.(See photography note below.)
After the faculty and staff have recessed, the student marshals will lead graduates to alternating exits leading to the main lobby. Your guests will join you there after the recessional.
- The commencement ceremony length is approximately 2 hours in length.
- Your ankles and feet will be visible beneath your robe, so please wear appropriate footwear.
- We have contracted with Empire Photography to take your picture as you receive your diploma. Proofs will be sent via email and postal mail within 36-48 hours after the ceremony. Please complete a contact information card (in the Provost’s Office) for the photographer so you don’t miss out. Orders placed through the email/website are fulfilled within 72 hours. You can also view the photos online at www.Empirephotos.com. Please inform your guests taking pictures that the aisles must be kept clear during the ceremony.
- The commencement ceremony will be electronically recorded and DVD's will be available for purchase by contacting the campus Media Services department at (920) 465-2416 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- On Twitter? Share your excitement, congratulations or words of wisdom by adding the #gbgrad hashtag to your tweets.
- University policy prohibits the use of alcoholic beverages during commencement exercises.
- The Alumni Association will be in the lobby after the ceremony to welcome you and give you alumni information.