​University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Winter Commencement
Saturday, December 16, 2023

10 a.m. Ceremony
All Colleges and Degrees

College of Fine Arts and Communication 
College of Lett
ers and Science
College of Natural Resources
College of Professional Studies​

Skyward Fieldhouse, Champions Hall
2050 4th Ave, Stevens Point, WI 54481​​

 Fall 2023 and winterim 2024 graduates are invited to participate in the ceremony.​ The ceremony will include all doctorate, master's, bachelor’s and associate degree candidates
 within the academic college. 

Click h​ere​ to view the list of majors within each academic college.​ 

 Tickets and Livestream

Due to fire code, graduates are allotted six complimentary general admission tickets to the ceremony. Commencement tickets are free but required for all guests and children (3 years and older). Graduates do not need a ticket for the ceremony.

The ceremony will last approximately 2-2.5 hours. Doors will open one hour prior to the ceremony and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating will be chairs only, there are no bleachers or stairs.

Graduates can reserve their tickets online starting Monday, November 20, at https://uwspgradtickets.universitytickets.com​. The ticket website will be released in November. The deadline for reserving tickets is Friday, December 8.

Accessible Seating
If a graduate or guest requires assistance at the ceremony, please email          commencement@uwsp.edu. Seating will be chairs only, there are no bleachers or stairs at the ceremony site. ​

Extra Tickets
Extra tickets are not guaranteed. If extra tickets become available, they can be reserved online
on Monday, December 11 (starting at 7 a.m.) – Wednesday, December 13. A limit of two 
extra tickets per person can only be reserved online by graduating students. Extra tickets will be
available while quantities last on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Ceremony Livestream
A livestream of the ceremony will be available on the UW-Stevens Point YouTube channel. The livestream link will be available online at uwsp.edu/commencement one week before the ceremony.

The recording will be saved to the UW-Stevens Point ​YouTube channel and will also be available at uwsp.edu/commencement​. ​​

 Graduate Lineup and Rehearsal

Graduates must be in the Quandt Fieldhouse, for lineup and instructions one hour prior to their ceremony time. 

There will be no rehearsal prior to the ceremony. Volunteers will be on site to provide further instructions the day of the ceremony.

 Cap, Gowns and Announcements

Graduates must wear a black cap and gown if they wish to participate in their ceremony. 

Purchase Options:

University Store, Dreyfus University Center
Caps, gowns, tassels, hoods and honor cords are available for purchase through the University 
Store in the Dreyfus University Center from November 20 - December 8. No pre-ordering is ​necessary.

No pre-ordering is necessary. Store hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday,
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ​For information on tassel color, hood color or sashes click here. For questions,
call the University Store at 715-346-3431. ​​

Order Online
If you are unable to come to the Stevens Point campus, caps, gowns, tassels, hoods and honor cords​ can also be purchased online from our official regalia vendor Oak Hall at https://uwsp.shopoakhalli.com​. Orders can be placed from October 20 - November 19. ​

If you have questions regarding your online order, please c​all the University Store
at 715-346-3431. ​​

Online Orders - Determining Degree Type and Honor Cords Eligibility
Graduates will need to select their degree type and if they are eligible for honor cords when         ordering. To confirm degree type, go to accesSPoint, click on the Graduation tile, and then go      to "view my status." To confirm honor cord eligibility, please view the Graduation Honors GPA
section within your University Requirements on your DPR. Graduation honors are as follows:

Overall grade point average of 3.50 to 3.74 - Cum Laude
Overall grade point average of 3.75 to 3.89 - Magna Cum Laude
Overall grade point average of 3.90 to 4.00 - Summa Cum Laude

For questions regarding your degree honor cord eligibility, please contact Megan Vogt, graduation auditor, at mvogt@uwsp.edu or 715-346-2504.

Generic announcements with date/time insert and name/degree card are available four weeks prior to graduation at the University Store. Graduates may order personalized announcements and class rings through Balfour. 

For questions on announcements, please call the University Store at 715-346-3431. ​

 Student Speaker Application

One student representative will be selected to represent the class of 2023 at the Winter Commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 16​, at 10 a.m. The speech should be 3-5 minutes in length and reflect experiences at UW-Stevens Point. Speeches must be submitted by one person (no groups will be considered).

Please click here for student speaker guidelines and to apply to be the student speaker for 2023 Winter commencement. Graduates from the Stevens Point, Wausau and Marshfield campuses are welcome to apply. The deadline for submission is Sunday, October 29. 

The commencement student speaker selection committee will review all applications and select finalists to give a presentation of their speech. The selected student speaker will be notified by November 27. 

 Doctorate and Master's Degree Candidates

Doctorate and master's degree candidates will walk within the academic college in which they will graduate.

Each academic college has arranged for a representative to hood graduates at the ceremony. Graduates do not need to arrange for a representative to hood them.

Master's degree cap and gown packages are available for purchase at the University Store. Doctorate degree packages are available to rent or purchase and candidates will be contacted directly by the University Store with more information.  

Procedure for Receiving your Diploma
Tassels are worn on the left side of the mortarboard at all times. Carry the hood over your right arm during the processional. Make sure the hood is unbuttoned. 

The hooding will take place on stage.  Give your name to the name reader, then proceed up the stairs. A faculty representative will step up on a platform to hood you. Make your way across the stage, receive your diploma from your dean and exit the stage on the other side. 

 Celebrate the Class of 2023 on Social Media!

From congratulatory videos to social media graphics, click here to view everything you need to celebrate our UW-Stevens Point graduates virtually! 

Ask questions, get answers and find helpful information about commencement in our UW-Stevens Point Commencement Facebook group. Share your commencement photos using #UWSPgrad!

 Graduation Exit Survey

Starting December 1​, be sure to complete the Graduation Exit Survey which asks graduates to share their next steps after graduation. The survey link will be sent directly to your student email address in December. Your response will help us better meet the needs of current and future
UW-Stevens Point students. 


At the commencement ceremony, each graduate will receive a diploma cover with a message from the UW-Stevens Point Alumni Association.

Diplomas will be mailed to graduate's home address approximately 8 to 10 weeks after the end of the semester. The diploma is 8 inches by 10 inches, and includes their name, degree (not majors) and the date of graduation. If a graduate needs verification of their degree before that time, contact the Office of the Registrar at 715-346-4301.

 Degree Completion Fee

This is a one-time fee that is assessed per degree level; associate, bachelor's, master's and doctorate.  This $80 fee is assessed to all students during the term in which they are to complete the credit requirements for a degree and have applied for graduation.  This fee covers programming costs associated with commencement.

Please note that the degree completion fee has replaced the matriculation fee, effective with the Fall 2020 term.  If a student has already been assessed a matriculation fee, these fees will not apply.

If you have any questions regarding the assessment of this fee, please contact the Student Financial Services office at 715-346-2118 or Student.Financial.Services@uwsp.edu


A professional photographer from Empire Photography will take photos of each graduate at their ceremony. Proofs will be emailed to graduate's UWSP email account within 48 hours after the ceremony with information on purchasing prints.

For questions, please contact Empire Photography at 608-257-2941 or customerservice@empirephotos.com.

 Parking/Travel Information

All campus parking lots are open to the public without charge during the ceremony. Accessible parking is available in Lot F-West. Click here to view a campus map. 

For help in planning travel for your guests, visit the Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau website.

 Stay Connected: Alumni Association

Congratulations on two great accomplishments—graduating from UW-Stevens Point and becoming a Pointer alumnus! To celebrate, we've put together a quick primer on how to make the most of your newfound status as an alum. 

Check out the Alumni Association website for event announcements, ways to volunteer and get involved, information and contacts for Association chapters, access to the latest alumni news in the Cupola Post and a page dedicated to resources and benefits. Think of this page as your one-stop alumni shop. 

Stay connected for more information and resources: 
      Facebook: @UWSPAlumni
      Instagram: uwsp_alumni 
      Twitter: UWSP_Alumni 
      LinkedIn Group: UW-Stevens Point Alumni

Your student e-mail account will remain active for one year. Sign up for your alumni email account now! Please note that your student email is not connected to your UWSP alumni email. Have a question not covered using these resources? Easy, just email us at alumni@uwsp.edu

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