We recognize the importance that graduation holds for our students and their families. We are also aware of the enormous sense of pride that accompanies such a significant accomplishment.  The faculty and staff at UW Oshkosh look forward to celebrating with you at the midyear commencement ceremony.

Tickets and duration

Tickets are required to attend commencement and each ceremony takes approximately two hours.


  • The doors to the Field House open 1.5 hours prior to the ceremony.
  • Seating is available on a first-come, first served basis.
  • A limited number of spaces are available for wheelchairs and guests who are unable to climb or sit in the bleachers. Please see the special seating accommodations web page for details.
  • Live video will be broadcast in classroom directly across from the Field House after the ceremony begins for families with small children. Take a break and let the children move around in our relaxed remote viewing area.
  • The ceremony will also be streamed live online.

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 students 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.


We encourage families to make and confirm reservations well ahead of time. You’ll find numerous overnight accommodations available within a short distance of CUW’s campus, many of which offer a discount for guests of CUW.

Learn more about local accommodations here.