Directions for Bachelor & Associate Candidates

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Black Ceremony:
Check in: 7:00 a.m.
Ceremony starts: 9:00 a.m.

Gold Ceremony:
Check in: 12:00 p.m.
Ceremony starts: 2:00 p.m.

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**PLEASE NOTE: The RSVP link is only to be used to RSVP for the commencement ceremony. Students MUST still apply for graduation in PAWS.** 

Staging Area

  • Students should enter the arena via the Annex entrance located at 490 W. Kilbourn Ave, which is the entrance between the Arena and the Theatre.  From their students should report to the lower level to the Bachelor’s & Associate’s Check-in area located at the south end, lower level of the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, at beginning at 7:00 a.m. (Black)/12:00 p.m. (Gold)
  • When you arrive at the Bachelors & Associate’s Check-in area make sure you complete a name card/ photo card and pick up a printed program.
  • The marshals will then inform you which section your school/college is seated. Please report to your school/college section to be seated immediately by the marshals.
  • Bachelor and Associate tassels are to be worn on the right side of the cap.
  • Photographers will be taking pictures of candidates as they approach the ramp to go on stage as well as while they receive their diploma cover on stage. The photographers will be distributing a contact information card to students at the Arena. Please be sure to complete a contact information card, it will be used to contact you once your proofs are ready to view and purchase.
  • No alcoholic beverages or helium balloons are permitted in the Arena.

Conferring of Degrees

  • Listen for directions from your respective deans for instructions on when to rise and be seated.
  • Bachelor’s and Associate’s candidates will get directions for rising after their degrees are conferred. They will move by complete rows to the side aisles and walk in single file to the stage. Candidates will give their name card to the reader at the top of the ramp and proceed to the center of the stage to receive their diploma cover. Candidates will then return to their seats using the center aisle. Please be seated after returning from the stage.
  • It is expected that you remain for the entire ceremony out of courtesy for all graduates.


The platform party will lead the recessional followed by the faculty and graduates. Marshals will lead students out of their seats to exit the arena.

Congratulations on completing your degree!