Spring 2019 Commencement Information: May 19, 2019

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



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 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 School of Business
  • College of Engineering & Applied Sciences
  • College of General Studies
  • College of Health Sciences


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

Commencement Regalia Order Form

Student Seating:

Black Ceremony Seating Diagram
Gold Ceremony Seating Diagram

Guest Seating:

Arena doors open at 8:00 a.m. for the Black ceremony and 12:30 p.m. for the Gold Ceremony. Each graduate is allowed 7 guests. Seating is limited and available on a first come first serve basis.

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 morning and afternoon ceremonies. 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, UWM has reserved overflow space at the Wisconsin Center, located at 400 W. Wisconsin Avenue.  Graduates’ guests that exceed the arena allowance will be directed to watch the ceremony remotely from rooms 201, 202 and 203 of the Wisconsin Center.

Please click here for a map of the Wisconsin Center and reserved overflow viewing rooms.

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:

GradImages is the official photographer at commencement. They can be reached at (800)261-2576, giservices@gradimages.net, or you can visit their website at www.gradimages.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 click here for special hotel rates.

Graduation Day Flowers and Class T-shirts:

Flowers and commemorative class t-shirts will be available for purchase. Visit https://www.thecommencementgroup.com/uwm/ to pre-order these gifts.

Faculty Reps & Doctoral Escorts:

Faculty Regalia Order Form

Faculty will receive further information via email and campus mail.

*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.