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Countdown to Commencement

A collection of resources for soon-to-be graduates

The following list of resources and opportunities are for students in their last semester at UW-Eau Claire who are preparing to graduate, whether they plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony or not.

Order Commencement Regalia

Purchase your cap gown, tassel, cords, announcements, diploma frames, and more online from Herff Jones. Limited quantities of regalia items are available for purchase on campus at the University Bookstore.

MBA graduate

Bachelor's candidates are permitted to wear cords and stoles to signify academic honors or affinity. Graduation regalia must be ordered by Tuesday, April 27 to guarantee delivery in time for Commencement! Orders placed after this date may incur additional fees and are not guaranteed to be delivered in time.

Please note that black caps and gowns are required for students who plan to participate in the Diploma Ceremony. Graduates who are not wearing regalia will not be admitted into the event area for the Diploma Ceremonies.

Order Regalia

Leave Your Mark on UW-Eau Claire

Making a donation to UW-Eau Claire is a meaningful way for you to give back and make an impact on the next generation of Blugolds. Graduates often like to give back to their academic departments, a scholarship they received, or a particular initiative that has been meaningful to their campus experience. Or, graduates can direct their gift to the Excellence Fund, which supports the areas of greatest need at the university.

Blugold Spirit Cords and Building Excellence history book

In thanks from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, graduates who make a gift of $20.21 or greater will receive a Blugold spirit cord, blue and gold cords to wear with graduation regalia or to display somewhere meaningful to be reminded of your time at UW-Eau Claire. Graduates who make a gift also have an opportunity to honor a faculty or staff member as a "Blugold Tribute." Following the end of the semester, they'll receive a note with your name and a beautiful hardbound book that chronicles the history of UW-Eau Claire.

Make Your Graduation Gift

Career Services is Here to Help!

The First Destination Survey helps Career Services create a report of what UW-Eau Claire grads do immediately after graduating from the university. Watch a video from a fellow grad that talks about the importance and impact of this survey.

Whether you already know where you'll be post-graduation or still looking for a great opportunity, Career Services is here to help. You can schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor in Handshake now, or reach out to our staff any time in the future. Career Services supports both current students and alumni. As we always say: once a Blugold, always a Blugold!

Complete the First Destination Survey   Schedule an Appointment with a Career Counselor

Decorate Your Cap

Create a memorable and artsy commencement cap for your in-person diploma ceremony or just for photos. Stop by the first floor of Davies Center (across from the Blugold Card Office) from Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, and decorate your commencement cap. We will provide a variety of supplies including stickers, gems, letters and more.

Prepare to be Welcomed into the Alumni Association for Life!

As a new graduate you will join more than 91,000 alumni as a member of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association! For the past few years, you have been a student at UW-Eau Claire. For the rest of your life, you will be an alumnus of UW-Eau Claire! We hope you'll stay in touch and invite you to stay connected

Stay Connected to Your Alma Mater   Update Your Contact Information

Walking OUT

The Gender & Sexuality Resource Center recognizes LGBTQIA+ graduates by providing Rainbow Cords and hosting a Walking OUT virtual graduation celebration. LGBTQIA+ students are invited to fill out this survey to request rainbow cords by Thursday, May 6.

Pay Outstanding Financial Obligations

Visit the Tuition + Financial Aid webpage to pay any outstanding financial obligations that you might owe. Your diploma and transcripts will not be released to you until all financial obligations have been reconciled.


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