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Commencement Checklist

First and Foremost - Congratulations!  All your hard work is about to pay off and we are proud of you.  We hope you are as excited about the commencement ceremony as we are.  However, you can't Commence if you don't apply to graduate for December 2014.  Do this sooner rather than later in the semester. 


  • Beginning Monday, October 6th
    Use the Commencement Ticket Reservation System to request your tickets to Commencement.  (This is the only way tickets are reserved for you!) Please note that you may not receive all the tickets you request, but every graduate will be allotted a base number of tickets and any additional tickets that are available will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis based on the Commencement Ticket Reservation System.
  • November 3rd
    Speeches due for Student Speaker Competition.  Email to Debra at
  • November 18th 
    Senior Countdown event in Dakota Ballroom of the W.R. Davies Student Center. One stop for all your commencement needs: tickets, regalia, get to know your Alumni Association and much more.

 Checklist to help you make sure you are ready for the big day.

 ___________  Like BlugoldGrads on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
 ___________ Planning to graduate December 2014? You can't graduate if you don't apply! Go to Student Center>Other Academics>Apply to Graduate.
 ___________ Planning to have family or friends attend your Commencement Ceremony?  They won't have a ticket if you don't make the reservation!  Use the link at the top of the page!
 ___________ Pay any outstanding financial obligations including but not limited to tuition, fines, tickets, fees, etc.  You will not officially graduate until all financial obligations have been reconciled.
 ___________ Update your contact information in MyBlugold and go to to provide an email other than your UWEC email address
 ___________ Consider being a student speaker for Commencement.  Find more information about this honor on the Student Speaker for Commencement tab.
 ___________ Contact Career Services for help finding professional positions, resume writing and other career-related assistance
 ___________ Visit the University Bookstore to order graduation announcements or academic regalia.  Consider the purchase of an international stole if you studied abroad.
 ___________ Attend the Senior Countdown Event on November 18 from 10-2 in the Alumni and Dakota rooms in Davies to receive your tickets and register to win a VIP Package for Commencement Day.

Arrange any special seating necessary for elderly or disabled guests at Senior Countdown

 ___________ Attend Commencement Rehearsal on December 19th:  1pm to 2pm for the 9am ceremony and 2:15pm to 3:15 for the 2pm ceremony.  (Report to Kjer Theater)
 ___________ Take a moment and enjoy all that you've accomplished!  We are very proud of each of you!


Excellence. Our Measure. Our Motto. Our Goal.