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Commencement FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I purchase cap, tassel and other regalia?

Academic regalia is available for purchase starting at the University Bookstore.

Should I purchase cords?

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/

How can I verify my name on my diploma and transcript?

Your transcript is a legal document and must contain your legal name. Information on how to update your legal name can be found on the Student Forms webpage.

Your name and the degree information on MyBlugold CampS will be used to produce your diploma, commencement program and news releases. Please check your information on MyBlugold CampS:

  • Self Service > Campus Personal Information > Names
    • for your diploma name
  • Self Service > Student Center > My Academics
    • for your major, minor and degree information

Contact Degree Review to request a name change on your diploma.

When will I receive my diploma?

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.

Can I participate in an alternate ceremony?

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.

Photos of previous ceremonies.

Visit the Grad Images website to find photos of your favorite graduate.

I will complete my coursework in Winterim. Which ceremony do I attend?

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.

I will complete my coursework during Summer Session. Which ceremony do I attend?

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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