Spring/Summer Ceremony Details for Graduates

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's Spring/Summer Commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at the Kress Events Center. 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.

In order to participate in the ceremony, you must sign up online by midnight on May 9, 2019. If you apply to graduate by April 19, your name will also be included in the program booklet, regardless of ceremony participation. To participate, 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.

Caps and Gowns

University of Wisconsin policy requires the wearing of approved caps and gowns at commencement exercises. (Please review the Commencement Apparel and Regalia Policy on our website.)  You may purchase your cap and gown at the Phoenix Bookstore, located in the University Union, beginning April 10, 2019. Online purchases will be available starting April 11. Particular sizes are only guaranteed through May 3, though purchases are available through May 17.

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 10 and in the Office of the Provost, Cofrin Library Suite 835 beginning the following day.


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 two extra tickets (not guaranteed). Because seating is limited, please request only the number of tickets you need.

Tickets become available starting April 10 at the Graduation Resource Fair 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 10. Unclaimed tickets will be distributed on May 14-17 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. only to graduates who pre-registered for extras. Any remaining tickets will be available on a first-come-first-served basis the morning of the ceremony at the Information/Program tables in the lobby of the Kress Events Center. A student ID is required to pick up tickets prior to ceremony day. Check out the Guest Tickets page for more information, or call 465-2082 or email us 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.

For our special needs guests, handicapped parking is available in the lots surrounding the Kress Events Center, and wheelchair accessible seating is available. An usher will seat your guest(s) in one of the designated areas upon arrival.

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: Due to limited space, guests are not allowed in the robing area.

Graduate Robing and Processional

Student marshals and volunteer staff will assist you with robing and finding your chair. Graduates line up alphabetically within the college and major (see order of diploma presentations). 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 (please read ahead of time). 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. Degrees will be presented and conferred by college, following a brief presentation by the dean. As you approach the stage, hand your name announcement card to the announcer. You will receive your diploma from the Chancellor and shake his hand, walk across the stage and shake hands with your dean and program chair or representative, and proceed to the end to have your photo taken (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 the rear exits out of the gym (left side out the left doors, right side out the right doors) back to the Dick Bennett Gym. You'll be greeted by the Alumni Association on your way back, and your guests will join you in the lobby after the recessional.

General Information

  • The commencement ceremony is approximately 2 hours in length.
  • Your ankles and feet will be visible beneath your robe and there will be stairs in the processional, so please wear appropriate footwear. If you have mobility issues, please contact us as soon as possible and we will make appropriate arrangements for you.
  • We have contracted with Empire Photography to take your picture as you approach the stage, as you receive your diploma, and a posed shot in front of a backdrop at the end of the stage.
  • Pre-event registration will ensure the link to your proofs will be sent 24-48 hours after the ceremony to the address you provide. Print orders placed through the website are shipped 7-10 days after ordering.
  • Please inform your guests taking pictures that the aisles must be kept clear during the ceremony, and to please be courteous when taking pictures either in the arena or the lobby. There will be a family photo area with a backdrop located in the Dick Bennett Gym, and family members are welcome to join you there only AFTER the ceremony.
  • The commencement ceremony will be broadcast via live video streaming.
  • The ceremony will also be electronically recorded. DVD's will be available for purchase by emailing Information Technology Client Services or calling them at (920) 465-2416.
  • On Twitter?  Share your excitement, congratulations or words of wisdom by adding the #gbgrad hashtag to your tweets. Watch our Facebook page 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 as new alums and to give you information about events and other alumni opportunities.