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Fall/Winter Ceremony Details for Graduates

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's Fall/Winter Commencement ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, December 17, 2016, in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts (click here and locate building #13). The ceremony is approximately 1 1/2 hours in length. If you expect to earn your degree in December or January, this is the ceremony you should participate in. If you expect to earn your degree in May or August, you should participate in the spring/summer ceremony. Rare exceptions must be approved by the Associate Provost/Commencement Coordinator, Clifton Ganyard, via email at

In order to participate in the ceremony, you must sign up online by noon on December 9, 2016. However, due to printing deadlines, to have your name also included in the program booklet you must be registered to graduate by November 18, regardless of ceremony participation. To do this, go to 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.

Caps and Gowns

University of Wisconsin policy requires the wearing of approved caps and gowns at commencement exercises. You may purchase your cap and gown at The Phoenix Bookstore or online at beginning November 9, 2016. (Note: Sizes are guaranteed only through December 2, 2016. Purchases after that date are 'as available'.) Printed announcements are also available for purchase at the Bookstore. (See Caps & Gowns page for more information.)

Honor Cords

Students who are eligible will be recognized at the ceremony with academic honor cords. The cords will be distributed with the guest tickets at the Graduation Resource Fair on November 9 and in the Office of the Provost, Cofrin Library Suite 835 beginning the following day. Criteria for eligibility can be found on the Honor Cords page.


Tickets are required for all guests, regardless of age or size. This is to comply with a safety requirement to assure an accurate building occupancy count in case of an emergency. Based on seating capacity at The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts and class size, each graduate can request up to four complimentary admission tickets (guaranteed) when registering to participate in the ceremony. You may also request up to four extra tickets (not guaranteed). Because seating is limited, please request only the number of tickets you need.

Tickets become available starting November 9, 2016 at the Graduation Resource Fair (click here for details) and in the Office of the Provost, Cofrin Library Suite 835 beginning the following day. All guaranteed tickets requested MUST be picked up no later than noon on Friday, December 9. Unclaimed tickets will be distributed on December 13 & 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. only to students who pre-registered for extras. Any remaining tickets will be available on a first-come-first-served basis the morning of the ceremony at a ticket table in the Weidner Center foyer. A student ID is required to pick up tickets. Check out the Guest Tickets page for more information, or call 465-2082 or email if you have questions or concerns.

Although we can't guarantee tickets for all of your guests, we do encourage their attendance. The ceremony will be running on closed-circuit monitors in the lobbies on all levels of the Weidner Center for guests without tickets, and there will be limited seating there. It will also be live streamed on the campus website, so please keep these options in mind.

Handicapped parking is available in the Weidner Center parking lot, and wheelchair accessible seating is available. An usher will seat your guest(s) in the designated area upon arrival. The Weidner Center has accessible seating on all levels and there is an elevator. Click here for more information regarding seating for special needs guests.

Graduation Day

The front doors to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts will open at 10:00 a.m. Cofrin Family Hall (main seating area) will open at 10:30 a.m. for guest seating. Robing and assembly will take place in Studio One and Fort Howard Hall. There will be signs directing you where to go. Plan to arrive no later than 10:30 a.m. in order to robe and be ready for the assembly. Please note: Due to limited space, 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 college and then by major. A name announcement card will be taped to your assigned chair in the appropriate assembly area. 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 a lineup count and final instructions. As there will be no rehearsal, it is very important that you hear and follow these instructions. The processional begins from Studio One and Fort Howard Hall at 11:15 sharp and proceeds to Cofrin Family Hall.


Follow the lead of the student marshals during the processional. When you arrive at your chair in Cofrin Family Hall, remain standing.

Three categories of degrees are awarded: Master's, 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.

Bachelor's degree and associate degree candidates: Tassels are worn on the right side of your cap until directed to switch.

Master’s degree candidates: Tassels are worn on the left side for the duration of the ceremony. You'll carry your hoods to the stage and 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 as you receive your diploma and again 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 class speaker will say a few words, then the student marshals will lead graduates to alternating exits leading to the main lobby. Your guests will join you there after the recessional.

General Information

  • The commencement ceremony length is approximately 1 1/2 hours in length.
  • Your ankles and feet will be visible beneath your robe, so please wear appropriate footwear.
  • We have contracted with Grad Images to take your picture as you receive your diploma. Proofs will be sent via email and postal mail 3-5 days after the ceremony. Orders placed through the email/website are are shipped within 7 days. Please inform your guests taking pictures that the aisles must be kept clear during the ceremony.
  • Graduates may pre-register prior to the event to share their photos with loved ones and to receive a coupon code for $5 off an order of $25 or more!

    Save $5 on your order of $25 or more!
  • The commencement ceremony will be broadcast via live video streaming. Click here on commencement day or go to the UW-Green Bay website home page.
  • The ceremony will also be electronically recorded. DVD's will be available for purchase by contacting the campus Academic Technology Services department at (920) 465-2416 or
  • 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.