At the beginning of your final semester, you should apply for graduation on PAWS. This will allow you to receive mailings on what procedures you must complete for graduation, including fees, ceremony announcements, and cap and gown purchases. If you do not indicate when you plan to graduate, you will not be notified properly. The semester prior to graduation is also the time to begin work on your job search or application for Graduate School studies. Contact the Career Development Center for assistance in these areas. As you approach graduation, check with your advisor to make sure that you will be able to complete all necessary courses by your estimated graduation date.

UWM holds graduation exercises twice each year. In mid-December there is one ceremony for all degree candidates. In mid-May there are two ceremonies with degree candidates split up by school/college.

All UWM students may order a cap and gown and graduation products online at

Visit for graduation application, fees and other commencement information.

Ceremony information: Contact the Office of Enrollment Management at 414-229-6571 for questions regarding graduation application, fees and other eligibility requirements.