The university welcomes family members, friends, and guests to celebrate the achievements of their graduates. This ceremony recognizes undergraduate and graduate degree candidates.


Graduate Student Commencement

Commencement will take place on Friday, May 15, 2020.
Ceremony start time: 6:00 p.m.
Doors open: 4:30 p.m.

Undergraduate Student Commencement

Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2020.
Ceremony start time: 1:30 p.m.
Doors open: 12:00 p.m.


Concordia University, R. John Buuck Field House
12800 N Lake Shore Drive
Mequon, WI 53097

Tickets Required

Commencement etiquette and common courtesy

Commencement is an exciting time to celebrate all of God's blessings associated with earning a degree and recognize the significant accomplishments of our graduates. With this in mind, graduating students are required to remain seated until all graduates have been given their well-deserved recognition and the ceremony ends. Because of the nature of the ceremony, we ask the following of graduates and guests:


  • The graduation ceremonies last approximately two hours each.  Please plan to stay for the entire ceremony.  Leaving the ceremony early is disrespectful to other graduates and their families.
  • Graduates are required to wear the approved cap, gown and tassel. Graduates may not alter their gowns.
  • Graduates should wear appropriate clothing underneath their academic regalia, this includes proper footwear.
  • Cell phones should be placed on “vibrate” or silent mode during the ceremony.
  • Graduates will not be allowed to carry small children, pets or personal items in the processional or across the stage.
  • Listen to the instructions from the marshals and the commencement team.  This helps keeps the ceremony running on time.
  • Beach balls, fog horns, balloons and other items that might disrupt the ceremony (or others’ ability to view or hear the ceremony) are prohibited.

Family and friends

  • Cell phones should be place on “vibrate” or silent mode during the ceremony.
  • If possible, please remain seated throughout the ceremony.  If it is not feasible to remain seated throughout the ceremony, please consider moving to classroom across the hallway from the Field House where the ceremony will be broadcast on a large screen.  
  • Arrive early with your entire party to get a good seat. Seats are first come, first serve. Doors open 1.5 hours prior to the ceremony.
  • Please do not stand in the aisles. We care about the safety of our guests and it is a fire hazard.
  • No air horns or other loud noisemakers.
  • Professional photographers from Empire Photography will capture the awarding of your student’s diploma from different angles. We encourage you to sit back, enjoy the moment and leave the photos to our professional photographers.
  • Finding graduates following the ceremony can be difficult. Graduates will not process out at the end of the ceremony. It is recommended that guests make plans to meet their graduates at a designated location following the ceremony.
  • Please allow an additional ten minutes for the recessional before making your way out of the event space.  This allows for a safe and orderly exit for all participants.
  • Please leave extra time to exit the building and to make your way through the post-event traffic.

Commencement speakers



Graduation FAQs

Are tickets required for the graduation 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. Individuals without tickets will not be admitted to commencement. For details regarding when and where to pick up your tickets, please visit here.

Where should we park when we arrive?

Allow plenty of time for parking. Guests are asked to park in the Parking Structure or Lot J. Campus Safety Officers will be directing traffic prior to and immediately following commencement. Guests are asked to use the Field House entrance for access to the ceremony. Parking on campus will be open and available to guests at no charge.

Graduates who anticipate having guests with limited mobility or wheelchairs are encouraged to use our handicapped accessible Administration Entrance. Guests can be dropped off adjacent to the door and the vehicle can be parked in lot A or B. Guests would proceed to the public elevator in Rincker Hall across from Rincker 118. The elevator will take them to level “B” and they can proceed to the Field House. This will enable our guests to use our dry and protected building for entry and exit. Guests will also avoid the need to maneuver around vehicles when attempting to exit the campus after graduation. Please see the Campus Parking Map for lot and building locations.


How is seating arranged for guests?

Doors will open at Noon and seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating within the Field House includes bleacher seats, as well as folding chairs. Accessible seating is available for guests. Once inside the building, an usher will direct you to the designated seating areas. Please call 262-243-4410 to make reservations for accessible seating for your guests. One family member or friend will be allowed to sit next to each special needs guest.

How long does the commencement ceremony typically last?

 The commencement ceremony typically lasts 1.5 to 2 hours.

What if I have family members unable to attend the commencement ceremony?

For guests who are unable to attend commencement, a live stream of the ceremony will be available for online viewing here.

Will the dining hall be open on the day of graduation? We would like to eat on campus between the baccalaureate ceremony and the commencement ceremony.

A brunch is served for a modest fee in our cafeteria in between baccalaureate and undergraduate commencement. Students are welcome to use meal swipes for brunch the day of graduation.

We have more family members that would like to attend graduation, but I only have 6 tickets.

Seating is limited within our venue; therefore, we require tickets for those attending graduation. If an additional pool of tickets becomes available, students will be notified via their CUW email account. A pool of extra tickets MAY be available 3-4 weeks prior to the ceremony.

Will flowers be available for purchase to gift to our graduate?

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.

I am graduating with honors, where do I pick up my honor cords?

Honor cords are distributed within some programs; however, the university does not recognize all students with honor cords. Should your program and/or honor society recognize such an accomplishment, you will be able to pick up your cords from your Program Director.

How do I locate graduation photos?

A professional photographer will be present at the commencement ceremony to take a full-length photo of each student as they walk across the stage. Students should receive samples via email within 7 days of the ceremony. Click here preregister your email address so you can receive your complimentary proofs quickly. You may contact Empire Photography (608-257-2941) for more information.

Do I receive a diploma on graduation day?

Each student will receive a blank diploma cover at the commencement ceremony. Participation in the ceremony does not guarantee graduation from a program. Graduation from a program will be processed once all program requirements have been met.