With new security in place, early arrival encouraged for UWM commencement

Those who plan to attend UWM’s fall commencement Dec. 15 are being encouraged to arrive early because new Wisconsin Center District security screening procedures will likely slow the admittance process.

Doors open at 8 a.m. for the 10 a.m. ceremony at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

For the first time at a UWM commencement, guests will go through metal detectors and bags will be subject to search. Guests are not allowed to bring in such things as weapons, large banners, beverages, coolers, beach balls and other items listed on the Wisconsin Center District website. One exception: Families will be allowed to bring in video recording devices to capture their graduates’ big moment.

There will be 8,900 seats available for guests in the UWM Panther Arena. Another 4,000 seats will be available for overflow in the adjacent Miller High Life Theatre, where the ceremony will be livestreamed.

Guests can enter the UWM Panther Arena at the south entrance, along West Kilbourn Avenue. Graduates enter through the doors on the east end of the south entrance. Guests viewing the livestream will use the south entrance of the Miller High Life Theatre.

Graduates are asked to RSVP for commencement at UWM’s Secretary of the University website.

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