Commencement Protocol

Staging (where you need to be)

  • Undergraduate and Graduate Students: Assemble in the auditorium (located in Barth Hall): Saturday, December 16 @ 12:00pm
  • Bring your regalia (cap & gown), ready to wear
  • Marshals will direct you to the registration tables on arrival
  • You may leave personal items in the auditorium if you wish, it will be locked

Rules & Regulations

  • No air horns or other loud noisemakers.
  • No one may take pictures from the center aisle, but rather come to the left or right side of stage, behind the roped area.
  • No profanities, obscenities, or political statements are allowed on graduation caps!
  • Any marshal can determine whether or not a cap modification is appropriate. If a student refuses to remove an inappropriate cap modification, they will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.
  • Please remember that you are sharing this day with many other individuals. Any decoration should be minimal so that attention is not drawn away from the ceremony.


Tickets are required for guests. Each graduate can request up to a total of 6 tickets, which are free. The graduate does not need a ticket for him/herself. Children who occupy a seat will need a ticket. Students participating in both the graduate and undergraduate ceremonies will need tickets for their guests for each individual ceremony. Individuals without tickets will not be admitted to commencement.

Where do I get my tickets?

Tickets will not be distributed until Countdown to Commencement on October 26th. Graduates can pick up their tickets at Countdown to Commencement on October 26th in the Lakeshore Room (Mequon campus).

What if I’m not on campus?

After October 26th, Students may pick up their tickets from the Registrar’s Office (LU 109) on the Mequon campus or request tickets be mailed to them. If you would like your tickets mailed to you, please email (you must include: name, student ID and address).

What if I need more than 6 tickets?

An extra pool of tickets for guests of graduation is now available. Please read the following closely to avoid confusion:

  1. Students can request up to 2 additional tickets for graduation. No more than 2 tickets will be distributed per graduate.
  2. Ticket requests will be fulfilled on a first come, first serve basis.
  3. Extra tickets requested will not be mailed or available for pick up prior to December 16th. They will be available for pick up on the day of graduation at the concession stand in the Field House lobby. To pick up tickets the day of graduation, your guest will need to provide your name. Tickets not picked up by 1:15pm on the day of graduation will be distributed to other families. Please plan to arrive early to pick up your tickets. Keep in mind that parking is often time consuming and can delay your arrival to the Field House.

To reserve 1 or 2 additional tickets, please do the following:

  1. Email to request extra tickets. You must include your name, F00 number, indicate your status as an undergraduate student, and whether you would like 1 or 2 more tickets.
  2. You will receive a response confirming the availability of tickets with a reminder for how to pick up your extra tickets the day of graduation.
  3. When the pool is depleted, students will be notified via CUW email.


Guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited so guests should arrive early for a good seat! The Field House opens at 12pm on Saturday for undergraduate and graduate commencement.

Please Note: A cry room will be available in the Friends of Concordia Room in the northwest corner of the Field House complex.


You will only receive the diploma cover; your actual diploma will be mailed to you at a later date.


Grad Flowers will be selling flowers in the Field House lobby prior to the start of the ceremony. You may give the flowers to your graduate AFTER the ceremony.

Professional Photos

Empire Photography will be taking photos of each graduate as they receive their diploma. Students should receive samples via email within 7 days of the ceremony. Click on the link below to preregister your email address so you can receive your complimentary proofs quickly. You may contact Empire Photography (608-257-2941) for more information.

Click Here to Receive Your Graduation Photos!

DVD of Graduation

You may order the $10 Commencement DVD, 2-3 weeks after graduation, by either:

If you have any questions about the DVD, please call AV at 262-243-4370.

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Need Help?

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