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Spring/Summer Ceremony Details for Graduates

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's Spring/Summer Commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at the Kress Events Center (click here for directions and locate building #17). The Commencement ceremony is approximately 2 hours in length. If you expect to earn your degree in May or August, this is the ceremony you should participate in. If you expect to earn your degree in December or January, you should participate in the fall/winter 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 May 5, 2017. However, due to printing deadlines, to have your name also included in the program booklet you must register to graduate by April 14, 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 April 12, 2017. (Note: Sizes are guaranteed only through April 28, 2017. 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 April 12 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 Kress Events Center and class size, each graduate can request up to four complimentary admission tickets when registering to participate in the ceremony (guaranteed). 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 April 12 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, May 5. Unclaimed tickets will be distributed on May 9 & 10 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 lobby of the Kress Events Center. 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 Special Events Room (near the building's south entrance) for guests without tickets, and there will be limited seating there. This room will be available at approximately 11:20. The ceremony will also be live streamed on the campus website, so please keep these options in mind.

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. Click here for more information regarding seating for special needs guests.

Graduation Day

The robing and assembly of graduates will take place in the Dick Bennett Gym and the processional will lead into the Kress Events Center Arena. 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 Events Center Arena 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 college and then 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 Events Center Arena, remain standing until the Chancellor gives the cue to sit down.

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. (See photography note below.) A student marshal will then direct you back to your chair.


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 back to the Dick Bennett Gym. Your guests will join you in the lobby after the recessional.

General Information

  • 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 Grad Images to take your picture as you receive your diploma. Pre-register and receive a $5 discount on orders of $25 or more. Proofs will be sent via email and postal mail 3-5 days after the ceremony to the addresses you provided on SIS. Orders placed through the email/website are shipped within 7 days. Please inform your guests taking pictures that the aisles must be kept clear during the ceremony.
  • 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. Watch our Facebook page (UWGBCommencement) for ceremony day photos.
  • University policy prohibits the use of alcoholic beverages during commencement exercises.
  • The Alumni Association will be in the Dick Bennett Gym after the ceremony to welcome you and give you alumni information.