Grad Fest 2021


Celebrating UWM’s Class of 2021

Join the entire UWM community in celebrating our 2021 graduating students. Get Instagram-worthy photos taken at iconic campus locations, enjoy fun giveaways, participate in a collective art project and more. Please note that COVID-19 safety guidelines and best practices will be followed for all Grad Fest 2021 events. Email or visit for more info.

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Schedule of Events

May 11-14, 2021

Endings and Beginnings: Community Art Project

All Week (May 11-14, 2021) @ Union Concourse

Whenever something ends, something else begins! May 2021 graduates are invited to come to the Union Concourse (or submit some words online!) and contribute a piece to this collective art exhibit, marking the end of this unique year and new beginnings for everyone. (Current, nongraduating UWM students are also welcome.)


Golden Hour Photo Shoot

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 @ Mitchell Lawn

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Get professional photos taken on Mitchell Lawn (facing Downer Ave. in front of Mitchell Hall where the first year class photo is typically taken) with bottles of sparkling cider and other fun props. Bring your cap and gown and your besties, and we’ll help you get some high-quality photos to celebrate you and your achievement!


Panther Pics With the UWM Alumni Association

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ Panther Statue

3:30-6:30 p.m.

Enjoy getting professional photos taken at the Panther Statue with fun graduation-inspired props. Bring your cap and gown, grab your friends, and come meet other members of the UWM Alumni Family. (And don’t forget to grab a swag bag!)


Thanks for the Memories

Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ UWM Fountain

2-5 p.m.

The Campus Activities Board invites May 2021 graduates and all other UWM students to celebrate the end of another academic year! Join us at the UWM Fountain courtyard for picture-frame decorating, music and a professional, Instagram-ready photo-op (caps and gowns encouraged)!


Build-Your-Own Graduation Watch Kit

Friday, May 14, 2021 @ Union Fireside Lounge

1-3 p.m.

Create a custom kit for watching the virtual commencement ceremony. There will be cookies, crafts and more!