Graduation Instructions

Apply for Associate Degree Graduation

If you believe you have completed the necessary requirements for your associate degree, declare your intent by completing the online associate degree application.  We encourage students to meet with your assigned Academic Advisor to review your application.  In order to participate in the 2016 Commencement ceremony, you must apply by May 1, 2016.  

Attend Commencement - Ceremony Information

The University of Wisconsin-Washington County hosts an annual commencement at the end of spring semester.  The ceremony honors the hard work and achievements of our graduates, as well as acknowledges the invaluable support received from their family and friends.  All students who meet the graduation requirements during the 2015-2016 school year are encouraged to participate.

The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2016. Two bagpipers will lead the procession of faculty and students into the UW-WC gymnasium. Associate and bachelor degrees will be awarded as well as scholarships to transferring students. The ceremony lasts approximately one hour and is followed by a social in the Bistro on the Hill (cafe). Family & friends are welcome to attend.  

 Commencement Reminders

  • Stop by the Bookstore to purchase your graduation attire.
  • Students graduating from the Honors Program or with a 3.5 GPA or higher will also be able to purchase cords to honor their achievement.
  • Arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, with your graduation attire and check in at the table in the main lobby and then report to the Student Union. Your guests may go directly to the gymnasium, there are no tickets.  

Commencement Directions & Parking

Parking is available in the student lot as well as two faculty lots. For detailed information on parking and directions, visit the Campus Map page.

Associate Degree Posting & Diplomas

Associate Degrees will be posted within 3-4 weeks after grades are finalized.  You can expect to have your diploma mailed on 8-10 weeks after the semester ends.

Stay connected with us!

The Washington County Campus Foundation looks forward to welcoming you into the alumni family and helping continue your connection with the University.

Posthumous Degree Application 

The University of Wisconsin-Washington County may award a degree posthumously.  The Dean, upon the recommendation of the Collegium, and with the support of the Associate Dean, may award a degree posthumously to any student who met the eligibility requirements.  The posthumous degree application allows the University to consider awarding an associate degree posthumously.