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Commencement FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Academic regalia is available for purchase at the University Bookstore. Items may be purchased as a full package or ala carte.

Online orders at this time are not guaranteed to be delivered in time for the ceremonies. Orders placed at this time may incur additional fees and may not arrive in time for the ceremonies.

Undergraduate candidates may purchase gold cords if they have an outstanding scholastic record (GPA). This GPA is based on the semester just prior to Commencement and both the UWEC (Resident) GPA and Total (all college credits) GPA. Graduate candidates may wear gold cords if they meet the following criteria:

  • Summa Cum Laude, 3.8 GPA or higher
  • Magna Cum Laude, 3.5 GPA or higher
  • Cum Laude, 3.2 GPA or higher

Honor Society members who are not graduating with a GPA distinction listed above, can purchase and wear silver cords.

Additional information on cords can be found here: https://www.uwec.edu/commencement/more-information/announcements-caps-gowns-honor-cords-stoles/

You can expect your diploma to be be mailed approximately 6 - 8 weeks after semester grades have been submitted. Please be sure to update your home address in MyBlugold CampS to ensure your diploma reaches you at the correct address. View instructions for updating personal contact information.

Accommodations can be made for extenuating circumstances. To request participation in an alternate ceremony, please email degreereview@uwec.edu and commencement@uwec.edu to make your request.

Visit the Grad Images website to find photos of your favorite graduate. Search by last name, graduation year and University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.

Students who complete their coursework during the Winterim session will be invited to attend the previous Fall Commencement Ceremony held in December. Information about the ceremony will be sent to your UWEC email account.

Students who complete their coursework during the Summer Session will be invited to attend the following Fall Commencement Ceremony. Information about the ceremony will be sent to your UWEC email account.

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