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:
RSVP for the Ceremony - Deadline is May 10, 2021
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.
Order Academic Regalia
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.
Become the Student Speaker - submission deadline is April 12
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 email@example.com 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.
Health and Safety Protocols for Graduates and Staff
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 guidelines, statewide 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.