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May 2021 Commencement

Congratulations May 2021 graduates!

We are excited to celebrate your achievements both virtually and in-person this May.

Virtual Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Join Provost Kleine and Chancellor Schmidt for a virtual ceremony that will honor all May 2021 graduates. The ceremony will be released on this website at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. A formal invitation with a link will be sent to Blugold graduates during the week leading up to Commencement.

9:00 a.m. | Virtual

  • Pomp and Circumstance
  • Congratulatory Remarks
  • Blugold Reflections from the Student Speaker
  • Alumni Welcome
In-Person Diploma Ceremonies
Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15, 2021

Attendance at the diploma ceremonies be limited to only the graduates. Family, friends and supporters will be able to watch the livestream of each diploma ceremony on this website and several other platforms.  

College of Nursing and Health Sciences
      Friday, May 14, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

College of Education and Human Sciences
      Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.

College of Business
      Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 1:00 p.m.

College of Arts and Sciences
      Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

Preparing for Commencement:

Complete the To Do List in your CampS account to tell us how you plan to participate. You will be asked if you want to participate in the live walk or the virtual walk. Be prepared to submit a photo if you choose the virtual walk. 

Academic regalia is a requirement for participation in the in-person ceremony on Mary 15. Bachelor's candidates are permitted to wear cords and stoles to signify academic honors or affinity. Additional information on Honor Cords and Stoles can be found here. 

Online ordering is available through Herff Jones . In addition, the UW-Eau Claire Bookstore has a limited supply of regalia in stock. Visit their respective websites for additional information. 

Herff Jones: 
UWEC Bookstore: 

The student speaker competition is a long-standing tradition for UW-Eau Claire’s Commencement celebration. Although so much else looks different this year, inviting a graduate to deliver a “Reflections” speech remains a priority for our virtual Commencement ceremony.

This year’s speaker competition will be conducted through video submissions of speeches. All graduates are invited to submit a video recording of their speech. Submitted speeches will be judged on the development of a central theme, originality of ideas, appropriateness of language and style, and relevance to all listeners and to the occasion. Speeches should be no longer than four minutes.

The deadline for submission is noon on Monday, April 12. Please email for instructions on how to submit your video. Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee, and the winner will be invited to have their speech included in the May 15, 2020 virtual Commencement ceremony.

As we prepare for your commencement ceremony in May, we want to celebrate you as the semester comes to an end! We know you and your fellow graduates have had many achievements and wonderful experiences during your time as Blugolds, and we want to share those by continuing an annual tradition: our graduation slide show.

Please share with us one of your favorite college highlights and a digital photo from your time as a UW-Eau Claire student, to be included in a slideshow that we’ll share during the May 15 virtual commencement ceremony. In addition, your story may be one of those selected by Chancellor Jim to be shared in his address during the ceremony.

Here’s how you can be a part of this Blugold tradition:

  • Share a photo and comment for the slide show
    A digital photo of you at a campus event, during a trip or class experience, with faculty or other Blugolds, in or special campus location that captures what UW-Eau Claire means to you (no party shots, please!). With your photo, please also include a one-sentence summary of what UW-Eau Claire has done for you or means to you.
  • Share your story (in a just few sentences, please)
    Examples of student stories:
    • Graduating with a sibling or parent.
    • Overcoming a personal challenge.
    • Funny or unusual experiences during an internship or study abroad .
    • An “a-ha” moment that helped you identify your path.
    • Plans after graduation (moving to Timbuktu?).
    • Ways in which a faculty or staff member went above and beyond to help you follow your dreams.
    • What you'll miss most about UW-Eau Claire.
    • What being a Blugold means to you.
    • Your Power of AND story.
    • Other things you’d like to share that reflect your time as a Blugold.

Please use the online submission form to submit your stories, photos and comments by Wednesday, May 5. Please note that this is not a photo submission for a virtual walk.

In order to attend the Diploma Ceremony, students, faculty and staff must comply with all of the following health and safety protocols. Failure to comply with the protocols will result in removal of the ceremony.

  • You must wear a mask at all times.
  • You must show your Blugold Protocol app with the green "stay safe" badge.
  • You must answer the following health questions.
    • Do you have any new fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, unexplained muscle aches, chills or repeated shaking, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, or have you taken any fever-reducing medication in the last 24 hours? 
    • Have you had contact with someone known or suspected to have COVID-19 or traveled where you have not been able to social distance, interacted with an unknown group of individuals, or had contacts with unknown individuals without respiratory protection in the last 14 days? 
    • Are you currently isolating or quarantining because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 or are worried that you may be sick with COVID-19? 
    • Are you currently waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test? 

In addition, students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 test on campus some time during the five days leading up to the ceremony.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our graduates, their supporters, and our staff. Eau Claire County guidelinesstatewide guidance, and CDC guidelines restricting in-person gatherings and travel continue to be in effect. Because of the complex nature of commencement and the evolving public health situation, please understand that changes to this plan may occur. Our plans will align with the most accurate information that we have and in consultation with the public health department.

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