Congratulations and God’s blessings to you as you finalize the plans to become a Concordia University Wisconsin graduate!

Congratulations, CUW Graduate! All of us at Concordia feel privileged and proud to be part of your life story, and we encourage you to take a moment to reflect and rejoice. You have done it, and what you have done is a big deal!

To celebrate the significant academic achievements of our graduates, each spring and fall we host commencement. At Concordia University Wisconsin, we celebrate commencement in May and December. While the ceremonies are not mandatory, candidates for graduation are encouraged to attend commencement.

Graduation and commencement checklist

Prospective Graduate & Undergraduate graduates, whether you plan to attend the ceremony or not, please review the steps below to properly prepare for graduation.

Step 1: Evaluation

Complete your degree evaluation

  • Traditional Undergraduate Students (Associate's and Bachelor's): Students must request a degree evaluation once registered for final courses. This is an essential step to acquiring your diploma.

  • Accelerated Undergraduate Students (Associate's and Bachelor's): Students can apply for graduation without evaluation.

  • Graduate Students (Master's and Doctoral): Students should work with their Program Director to verify that all graduation requirements have been met.
Step 2: Graduation

Submit your graduation application

Deadline: March 1, 2024

All students who plan to graduate must complete the Graduation Application, regardless of plans to participate in a commencement ceremony.

Please note, the last day to complete the Graduation Application and to participate in the May Commencement Ceremony is March 1, 2024. Applications completed after the deadline will result in the graduate's name NOT appearing in the commencement program.

Graduation Applications are completed through Banner Self-Service. To access the Graduation Application through Banner Self Service, complete the following steps:

  • Log into the portal
  • Click the Student tab
  • Click Banner Self-Service
  • Click Student
  • Click Apply to Graduate

You can also access Banner Self-Service by clicking the link below (you will be required to log into the portal). Directions regarding how to complete the Graduation Application can be found here.

Graduation Application

Step 3: Alumni

Update your contact information

Let’s keep in touch! We want to make sure you get the latest CUW news, opportunities, and events. Update your contact information to make sure you get valuable information about alumni gatherings, special alumni resources, continuing education opportunities, and the alumni e-newsletters.

Update Us

Step 4: Regalia

Order your cap and gown for commencement

Eligible graduates who wish to participate in the commencement ceremony are required to wear a cap or doctoral tam, gown, CUW stole, and tassel. Graduates can purchase regalia through Jostens until March 1, 2024.

Order here!

All Rentals and Ship to School Orders:

  • Last day to order is March 1, 2024
  • Students may pick up their regalia from the Bookstore beginning on April 17, 2024.
  • Students will be charged upon pick-up (pricing is below)

Homeship Orders:

  • Last day to order for the homeship option is March 1, 2024 (not available for doctoral students or rentals)
  • Students are charged once order is placed (pricing is below)

Questions regarding your cap and gown can be directed to the CUW Bookstore at 262-243-4349.

NOTE: Verify that you receive a confirmation email from Jostens once your order is placed.

Standard graduation regalia packages include the cap, gown, stole, and graduation tassel. The university issues undergraduate honor cords for Summa, Magna, and Cum Laude distinctions. If you are a member of an honor society and believe you should receive cords for graduation, please contact the society advisor. 

Regalia Package Pricing:

Rental (cannot be purchased)
Doctoral $99.95
Master's (Physician Assistant) $85.00
All Bachelor's $94.75
Master's (No Physician Assistant) $150.75
Bachelor's and Master's Caps (doctoral comes with rental and cannot be purchased separately) $8.00
Stoles $44.75
Tassels $5.00 (graduation; to be worn at the ceremony)

$10.00 (commemorative)
Step 5: Accessibility

Request accessibility for your guests (if necessary)

Accessible guest seating is available for guests, as well as students. Please make reservations for your guest(s) in advance.

Step 6: Tickets

Understanding commencement tickets

  • Commencement tickets are free
  • You must register for tickets and share the tickets with your guests
  • Request only tickets you will use for you and your guests
  • Guests without tickets will not be admitted into the Field House for the ceremony
  • Children who occupy a seat will need a ticket
  • Tickets are not transferable and cannot be shared between students
  • Ticket requests
    • Each associate's, bachelor's and master's degree graduate can request up to a total of 6 guest tickets 
    • Each doctoral graduate can request up to a total of 8 guest tickets

For guests unable to attend, a livestream will be available on the CUW website on the day of commencement.

Secure commencement tickets

Graduate Tickets

Undergraduate Tickets

Passcode: please use your student ID (F00 number) to unlock your tickets for commencement.

Step 7: Commencement

Commencement ceremony check-in, staging, and photography

Students are required to check-in at the Todd Wehr Auditorium one hour prior to commencement. Graduate commencement cards are given to students at this time. The cards are used to display the graduate's name, degree, and undergraduate honor designation if applicable. Faculty will stage students in lines based upon degree level in preparation for the procession into the Field House. While efforts are made to assist all students across the stage, students who are late and miss check-in, staging and the procession will not be allowed to commence.

Ceremony instructions will be shared multiple times throughout staging. Please listen to these instructions carefully as there is no graduation rehearsal.

Learn more about the graduation ceremony here.

Professional photography

Students will be photographed by Empire Photography throughout the ceremony, including their walk across stage. Candid photos are also taken during the ceremony.

Student speaker application

Consider applying to be the student speaker at your commencement ceremony.