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.
RSVP: DEADLINE 4/17/2023
**PLEASE NOTE: The RSVP link is only to be used to RSVP for the commencement ceremony. Students MUST still apply for graduation in PAWS.**
Each eligible May 2023 graduate MUST RSVP to attend the commencement ceremony at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. You must be an eligible May 2023 graduate to attend and claim your tickets. Submitting the RSVP form does not deem you eligible. Please check with the Registrar’s Office or the Graduate School directly if you are unsure whether you are eligible to graduate.
Past Graduates are allowed to attend a commencement ceremony within one calendar year following their official graduation date. They are welcome to attend and walk across the stage during the event; however, we are not able to accommodate their guests at the UWM Panther Arena on the day of commencement. Guests may view the ceremony live on the day of the ceremony or afterwards from the Commencement Archives Commencement Archives.
You must complete the RSVP form if you plan to walk in a ceremony. Please note that your name will only appear in the Commencement Program issued at the time of your official graduation.
Details, about Commencement can be found on the UWM Commencement webpage at https://uwm.edu/secu/com_cer/
Unfortunately, any graduate wanting to walk beyond one year cannot be accommodated.
Graduates do not need tickets, but any guests will require a ticket to enter the arena. Doors open at 7:00 a.m. for the 9:00 a.m. ceremony and at 12:00 p.m. for the 2:00 p.m. ceremony. Guests should enter through the main entrance doors located at 400 W. Kilbourn Ave. and should be sure to have their tickets downloaded on their phones in advance. Ticketmaster account required to download tickets.
Please check that you are selecting the correct ceremony. Your student ID will only work for the ceremony associated with your school/college degree.
**YOU MUST BE AN ELIGIBLE MAY 2023 GRADUATE TO CLAIM AND DOWNLOAD TICKETS**
Black Ceremony – Sunday, May 21, 2023, 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 21, 2023, at 2:00 p.m.
For all Associates, 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 College of Business
- College of Engineering & Applied Sciences
- College of General Studies
- College of Health Sciences
Ticketing questions or issues? Contact email@example.com
UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena
400 W. Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Will be posted the first week in May
Arena doors open at 7:00 a.m. for the 9:00 a.m. ceremony
Arena doors open at 12:00 p.m. for the 2:00 p.m. ceremony
Commencement is a ticketed event, guests without a valid ticket will not be allowed to enter the arena.**GRADUATES DO NOT NEED A TICKET TO ENTER** Guests should enter through the main entrance doors located at 400 W. Kilbourn Ave. and should be sure to have their tickets downloaded on their phones in advance. Ticketmaster account required to download tickets.
**Please review the list of prohibited items when entering 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, you may watch the live-stream of Commencement from home using the following link:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can visit their website at www.empirephotos.com
Please click this link in order to get your proofs from commencement
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:
Faculty Reps & Doctoral Escorts:
Order your faculty regalia HERE
Faculty will receive further information via email and campus mail.
*PLEASE NOTE* If you are a faculty escort for a Doctoral student and have not received any information yet, it is because your Doctoral 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.