Fall 2021 Commencement Information: December 19, 2021

IMPORTANT: If your contact information is restricted and you would like your name included in the Commencement Booklet, please contact the Registrar’s Office, Mellencamp 274, (414) 229-3800.

Directions for:

Bachelor & Associate Degree Candidates
Master Degree Candidates
Doctoral Degree Candidates


Each eligible graduate MUST RSVP in order to obtain tickets for their guests to attend the commencement ceremony at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. If the graduate misses the RSVP deadline they will be unable to download tickets. The number of tickets allowed per graduate will be determined after the RSVP deadline and will be based on the number of students who have RSVP’d. Tickets will be made available to students to download after the 11/15/21 deadline.

*Students that miss the RSVP deadline will be able to attend the ceremony however, they will be unable to obtain tickets for their guests*


Eligible graduates will be able to download tickets after 11/15/21. A link will be posted here and emailed to students when available.

*Additional tickets may be made available after the initial allotment of tickets has been completed and will be on a first come first serve basis.*


Sunday, December 19, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
Ceremony is for all Associate, Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral Candidates
(The ceremony is approximately 2 hours long)


UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena
400 W. Kilbourn Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53203


Order your regalia HERE
For more information regarding realia rental please click HERE

Student Seating:

A seating diagram will be posted here the first week in December.

Guest Seating:

Arena doors open at 8:00 a.m.

Commencement is a ticketed event, guests without a valid ticket will not be allowed to enter the arena.

Graduation day is a momentous occasion and we are delighted for family and friends to celebrate with their graduating student. We have recently been experiencing larger crowds at UWM commencement ceremonies. In addition, we understand there are several other universities holding graduation ceremonies in close proximity to the UWM Panther Arena at the same times as our ceremony. We therefore encourage graduates and guests to arrive early to accommodate the expected increase in traffic, demand on parking spaces and other related issues.

In the event the UWM Panther Arena fills to capacity and you do not have a valid ticket to enter the Panther Arena, UWM has reserved overflow space at the Miller High Life Theatre, located at 500 W. Kilbourn Avenue, directly next to the UWM Panther Arena. Graduates’ guests that do not have a ticket to enter the arena will be directed to watch the ceremony remotely from the Miller High Life Theatre.

If you would like to avoid the large crowds, you may also watch the live-stream of Commencement from home using the following link:

Special Accommodations:

The handicapped entrance to the Arena is located at 500 W. Kilbourn Ave (between the Miller High Life Theatre & the UWM Panther Arena). ADA decks for wheelchair seating are located in Sections 200, 205, 210, 222 and 226. Accessible seating is available on a first come first serve basis; due to limited space, we request that only one non-disabled person sit with each person with a disability in the seating area designated for these guests.

There will be sign language interpreters available in section 211. This seating is available on a first come first serve basis. There will also be captioning available on two large screens located on the left and right sides of the main stage.

Photographs & Videos:

Empire Photography is the official photographer at commencement. They can be reached at (608) 257-2941, customerservice@empirephotos.com, or you can visit their website at www.empirephotos.com

A live video feed will be available the day of the ceremony. Click here to watch!

You may view past and present commencement ceremonies here

Parking, Maps, and Directions:

UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena

Hotel Accommodations:

Please check back in September for hotel accommodations.

Faculty Reps & Ph.D. Escorts:

Please click HERE to order your faculty regalia

Faculty will receive further information via email.

*PLEASE NOTE* If you are a faculty escort for a Ph.D. student and have not received any information yet, it is because your Ph.D. student has not yet filled out the online RSVP form. Once the RSVP form is filled out, you will automatically receive further instructions via email. The RSVP form can be found here.