Graduation caps at commencement. One decorated cap reads, "On to my next adventure."

Congratulations, Class of 2021!

UWM’s virtual commencement will be available here on May 16 at 10 a.m. (local time).

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is excited to celebrate and congratulate the Class of 2021 with a virtual commencement on May 16, 2021. We’re incredibly proud of our graduates for persevering during unprecedented times.

The ceremony will include a keynote address by UWM alum Darian Dixon, a spacecraft operations engineer for the Mars Perseverance rover, as well as remarks by UWM Chancellor Mark A. Mone and UWM Student Association President Emma Mae Weber. Please see below for a complete list of commencement speakers. Our virtual commencement will be available on May 16 at 10 a.m. (local time). Check back soon!

In-Person Events:
Grad Fest 2021

Celebrate everything you’ve accomplished at UWM with Grad Fest 2021. Grab your friends and your cap and gown for in-person activities, including professional photo-ops in front of iconic campus hubs, a collective art project and fun giveaways.

Commencement Speakers

Mark A. Mone

Emma Mae Weber
Bachelor of Arts
College of Letters & Science

Darian Dixon
Spacecraft Operations Engineer
Malin Space Science Systems

Karen Walsh
UW System Regent
Director of the Berbeewalsh Foundation

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska
Dean of the Graduate School

Nancy Frank
Interim Dean of the School of Architecture & Urban Planning

Scott Emmons
Dean of the Peck School of the Arts

Kaushal Chari
Dean of the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business

Hope Longwell-Grice
Associate Dean of the School of Education

Brett Peters
Dean of the College of Engineering & Applied Science

J. Val Klump
Dean of the School of Freshwater Sciences

Jennifer Doll
Acting Dean of the College of Health Sciences

Dietmar Wolfram
Senior Associate Dean of the School of Information Studies

Scott Gronert
Dean of the College of Letters & Science

Kim Litwack
Dean of the College of Nursing

Amy Harley
Associate Dean of the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health

Tina Freiburger
Dean of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

Simon J. Bronner
Dean of the College of General Studies

Honorary Degree Recipients

Robert W. Henderson
Honorary Doctor of Herpetology
College of Letters & Science

David J. Lubar
Honorary Doctor of Business
Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business

Jere D. McGaffey
Honorary Doctor of Laws
College of Letters & Science

Important Info for Graduating Students

Complete Your First Destination Survey

We want to know where you’re going and what you’ll be doing after graduation! The survey takes five minutes to complete. Your answers will help us share UWM’s story and the value of a UWM degree. We also want to support you in your career even after graduation day. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Career Planning and Resource Center for your career-based needs and questions.

Participate in the virtual ceremony

Join us here for virtual commencement at 10 a.m. (CDT) on May 16. Use the hashtag #uwmgrad to celebrate with your classmates on social media. Please note, the deadline to submit your photo for inclusion in the ceremony was April 9, 2021.

Order your regalia (optional)

The deadline to order any desired graduation regalia (cap, gown, etc.) was April 20, 2021. Regalia is not required to participate in the virtual commencement. If you have questions about your graduation regalia, please reach out to the PantherShop at 414-229-4201.

Receive your diploma

Diplomas are mailed to your PAWS U.S. mailing address, or you can request to pick up your diploma on campus. (Diplomas will be ready for pickup at UWM eight to 10 weeks after the ceremony.) The name on your diploma will match how it appears in PAWS unless you submit a Diploma Name Request.

Diploma covers will be automatically sent to everyone who participates in the virtual ceremony. If you’re not planning to participate but would still like a diploma cover mailed to you, contact the Registrar’s Office to request one via phone at 414-229-3800 or the online contact form.