Frequently Asked Questions about Graduation



  • When is graduation?
  • Black Ceremony – Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.
    For all Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Candidates from the following schools/colleges: (each ceremony is approximately 2 1/2 hours long)

    • School of Education
    • School of Freshwater Sciences
    • School of Information Studies
    • College of Letters and Science
    • College of Nursing
    • Zilber School of Public Health
    • Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

    Gold Ceremony – Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 1:30 p.m.
    For all Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Candidates from the following schools/colleges: (each ceremony is approximately 2 1/2 hours long)

    • School of Architecture and Urban Planning
    • Peck School of the Arts
    • Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business
    • College of Engineering & Applied Sciences
    • College of General Studies
    • College of Health Sciences
  • Is the tassel included in the package?
    • Yes!
  • Can we purchase items separately (cap, tassel, gown, master hood or stole)?
    • Yes! You can purchase these items separately. Call or visit us at the UWM Panther Shop for pricing details at 414-229-4201.
  • When/where will the commencement honors ceremony be held?
    • If you are eligible, you will receive an email with details. For further information, please visit
    • Each College and School may also plan honors or commencement related activities separate from the UWM Commencement Honors Convocation.
    • There is a separate achievement for students graduating with a diploma granted by the UWM’s Honor’s College. For details on the Honor’s College program, please follow the link below
  • Do you have Honors (gold) cords at the UWM Panther Shop?
    • The Panther Shop receives gold cords the day after the Commencement Honors Ceremony ; we take them to commencement. Following Commencement, they are given back to the Secretary of the University.
    • If the cords are not picked up at either of these times, the cords will be mailed out to the recipient from the Secretary of the University’s office.
  • Can someone else order i.e. pay for me?
    • Yes, however we cannot accept credit cards given over the phone. The only exception is for custom PhD regalia orders.
  • Can someone else pickup for me?
    • Yes! He or she will need to have the order confirmation number.
  • Can we exchange or refund tassels?
    • Yes, as long as the customer has his/her receipt & is within the 30 day return time frame.
  • Where do we return Doctoral rental cap & gowns?
    • Regalia ordered online must be sent back to Herff Jones via the carton they were received in; a pre-paid return label is included in all packages.
    • Orders that were purchased late must be dropped off in the UWM Panther Shop’s Administrative Office.
  • Can we keep the cap & gown after the ceremony?
    • Rentals for all PhD students and faculty must be returned.
    • Bachelor’s and Master’s students keep their cap & gown.
  • Are there tickets for the ceremony?
    • No tickets are distributed. Seating at the ceremony will be on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Can I buy other Merchandise at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena?
    • Yes! The UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena Team store will be open 30 minutes before and after the graduation ceremony. Stop by to purchase UWM Alumni merchandise and diploma frames!