Commencement in L&S

Upcoming Commencement Dates: Spring 2018

All graduates in the College of Letters & Science are invited to celebrate their success with the Dean of the College of Letters & Science, faculty, and Bucky. Enjoy refreshments, free portraits, and get geared up for commencement at Camp Randall. 

L&S Pre-Commencement Celebration Saturday, May 12 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the UW Field House. Dean John Karl Scholz will present a brief program at 10:00 a.m. Diploma covers will be available at this event.

Please RSVP online by May 6. If any questions arise about the L&S Pre-Commencement Celebration, please contact commence@ls.wisc.edu.

Visit https://commencement.wisc.edu/ for more information on the UW-Madison commencement ceremony.

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Learn more about the student campaign, special events and the giving cord available at Cap and Gown pick-up at badgergrad.com.

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Important information for graduating students

All students must apply to graduate to complete their degree. Please review the university Steps to Prepare for Commencement.  

L&S students should review the L&S Graduation Policies and consult with their academic advisor about degree requirements.

L&S undergraduate students can also review their degree and major requirements by visiting the L&S Academic Advising Services in Suite 155 Middleton Building or meeting with their department/major advisor to go over their DARS.

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Department Celebrations

Letters & Science departments may hold additional celebrations or recognition events during commencement time. Below, view a list of events. To have an event listed, please email commence@ls.wisc.edu. Diploma covers will be available at events where noted. 

Anthropology

Anthropology Graduation Reception
May 12, 2018 • 7:45 AM • 8417 Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive
RSVP requested. Invitation will be emailed to students in mid-April.
Diploma covers available

Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences

Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Graduation Reception
May 12, 2018 • 2:30 PM • 1240 Computer Sciences
RSVP required. Invitations will be sent in April.
Diploma covers available

Art History

Department of Art History Graduation Celebration
May 11, 2018 • 2:30 - 5:00 PM • The University Club, Banquet Room
RSVP required. Invitation will be emailed to students, with a print invitation sent to families.
Students may email Teddy Kaul at ejkaul@wisc.edu for more information. 
Diploma covers available

Asian Languages & Cultures

End-of-Semester Reception
April 20, 2018 • 12:00-1:30 PM • 1920 Van Hise Hall
Graduating undergraduate and graduate students required to RSVP.
A separate invitation was sent to graduating students.

Botany

Department of Botany Graduation Reception including Botany and Conservation Biology
May 11, 2018 • 1:30 PM • Birge Hall 145 (tentative)
RSVP required. Invitation will be emails to students in April.
Diploma covers available

Center for Law, Society, and Justice

Legal Studies/Criminal Justice Graduation Reception/Open House
May 12, 2018 • 2:45 - 4:00 PM • Red Gym
No RSVP required. For more information, please visit: https://ssc.wisc.edu/clsj/even... 
Diploma covers available

Chemistry

Chemistry Graduation Celebration
May 11, 2018 • 3:00 PM • Grainger Hall, Morgridge Auditorium
RSVP recommended. Invitation will be emailed to students in April.
Diploma covers available

Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Program

Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Spring 2018 Certificate Recognition and Graduation Celebration
May 12, 2018 • 9:00 AM • Genetics Biotech Center 1111, 425 Henry Mall
RSVP required. Invitation will be emailed to students in April.
More information is available at http://chicla.wisc.edu
Diploma covers available

Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies

CANES Graduation Celebration
May 2, 2018 • 4:00 - 5:00 PM • Memorial Union
RSVP required. An invitation will be sent the week before Spring Break.

Communication Arts

Communication Arts Graduation Reception
May 10, 2018 • 2:00-4:00 PM • Gordon Dining & Event Center, Concerto/Overture Rooms
RSVP required. Email will be emailed to students in April.
Diploma covers available

Communication Sciences and Disorders

CS&D Undergraduate Reception
Friday, May 11, 2018 • 5:00-6:00 p.m. • Dejope Residence Hall, Lake Mendota Room
RSVP required. An invitation will be email to students in April.

Communication Sciences and Disorders MS Celebration
May 12, 2018 • 2:30 PM • Dejope Residence Hall, Mendota Room
RSVP required. An invitation will be emailed to students in March.
Diploma covers available

Audiology Graduate Celebration
May 11, 2018 • 2:00 - 4:00 PM • Dejope Residence Hall, Mendota Room
RSVP required. An invitation will be emailed to students in March.
Diploma covers available

Computer Sciences

Computer Sciences Undergraduate Reception
May 12, 2018 • 3:00 - 5:00 PM • Gordon Dining & Event Center
RSVP required. An invitation will be sent to students in April.
Diploma covers available

Computer Sciences Masters Reception
May 12, 2018 • 3:00 - 5:00 PM • Gordon Dining & Event Center
RSVP required. An invitation will be sent to students in April.
Diploma covers available

Computer Sciences Ph.D. Reception
May 11, 2018 • 3:00 - 5:00 PM • Fluno Center
RSVP required. An invitation will be sent to students in April.

Economics

Economics Graduation Recognition Event
May 10, 2018 • 5:30 PM • Madison Masonic Center, 301 Wisconsin Avenue
RSVP required. Invitation will be emailed to students at the end of March.
For more information, please visit: https://econ.wisc.edu/undergra...
Diploma covers available

English

English Department Celebration of Graduates
May 11, 2018 • 2:00 PM • Elvehjem Auditorium
RSVP required. Visit https://goo.gl/forms/jr6a1DRxC...
Diploma covers available

Reception for Graduates
May 11, 2018 • 3:30-5:00 PM • Red Gym, On Wisconsin Room
RSVP required. Visit https://goo.gl/forms/jr6a1DRxC...

French & Italian

French & Italian Graduation Celebration
May 12, 2018 • 9;00-11:00 AM • Hotel RED, 1501 Monroe Street
RSVP requested. Invitation will be mailed to students in April.
Diploma covers available

Geography

Geography Graduate Celebration
May 11, 2018 • 2:00 - 4:00 PM • Geography Library, Science Hall
RSVP required. Invitation will be emailed in April.
Diploma covers available

Geoscience

Department of Geoscience Graduation Celebration
May 11, 2018 • 3:00 - 4:30 PM • Weeks Hall Library, 1215 W. Dayton St.
RSVP required. Invitation will be emailed to students in April.
Diploma covers available

Gender and Women's Studies

Gender & Women's Studies Graduation Reception
May 12, 2018 • 9:30 - 11:00 AM • 1310 Sterling Hall
RSVP encouraged: RSVP online.
Diploma covers available

History

Department of History Graduation & Awards Recognition Celebration and Reception
May 11, 2018 • 3:15-5:00 PM • Wisconsin Historical Society
RSVP required. Invitation will be emailed to students in late March.
Diploma covers available

History Department Ph.D. Graduation Celebration
May 11, 2018 • 11:30 AM • University Club
RSVP required. Invitation will be mailed to students in April.
Diploma covers available

Integrated Liberal Studies

ILS Graduation Banquet
April 19, 2018 • 6:00 PM • Union South
RSVP required; Invitations will be emailed to students in April.

Integrative Biology, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology & Zoology

Department of Integrative Biology Graduation Reception for Molecular Biology, Neurobiology and Zoology undergraduate majors
May 11, 2018 • 10:00 AM • Birge Hall 145 (tentative)
RSVP required. Invitation will be emailed to students in April.
Diploma covers available

Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies Graduation and Awards Celebration
May 11, 2018 • 2:00-3:30 PM • Education Building Commons Area
RSVP Required. Invitation will be emailed to students in March.
Diploma covers available

L&S Honors Program

L&S Honors Graduate Reception
May 11, 2018 • 3:15 PM • Gordon Events Center
Graduates will be notified by e-mail and invitations will be mailed to the family of the graduate.

La Follette School of Public Affairs

La Follette School of Public Affairs Graduation Reception
May 13, 2018 • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM • Wisconsin State Capitol Assembly Chambers
RSVP required; Graduates will receive information via email.
Diploma covers available

Linguistics

Linguistics Graduation Celebration
May 11, 2018 • 11:00 AM • 1151 Van Hise Hall
RSVP requested but not required. Invitation will be emailed to students in April
Diploma covers available

Mead Witter School of Music

Graduation, Hooding, and Award Recognition Celebration
May 11, 2018 • 2:00-4:30 PM • Mills Hall
RSVP encouraged. Invitation sent via email.
Diploma covers available

Philosophy

Philosophy Department Celebration of Graduates and Award Winners
May 10, 2018 • 4:30 PM • Lowell Center
RSVP requested; invitations will be emailed to students in April
Diploma covers available

Physics

Undergraduate Graduation Reception
May 11, 2018 • 4:30 PM • 2241 Chamberlin Hall
RSVP requested. Invitations emailed to students and event postcards sent to home addresses in April.
Diploma covers available

Political Science

Graduation Reception
May 11, 2018 • 9:00 AM • Gordon Dining & Event Center, 770 W. Dayton Street
RSVP required. Invitation will be emailed to students in April.
Diploma covers available

Psychology

Psychology Graduation Reception
May 11, 2018 • 5:00 PM • Madison Masonic Center, 301 Wisconsin Avenue
RSVP required. Invitations mailed to student home addresses and emailed to students over Spring Break.
Diploma covers available

Religious Studies

Religious Studies Graduate Celebration
May 10, 2018 • 4:30 - 6:00 PM • Bradley Memorial Library
RSVP requested; invitations emailed to students

School of Journalism & Mass Communication

School of Journalism & Mass Communication (SJMC) Graduation Celebration
May 11, 2018 • 12:00 PM • Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, H.F. DeLuca Forum & Atrium
Registration not required.
Diploma covers available

School of Social Work

Social Welfare Major and BSW Graduate Recognition Celebration
May 12, 2018 • 2:00 PM • Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
RSVP Required. Invitation will be emailed in April.
Diploma covers available

Full-Time Program MSW Graduate Recognition Celebration
May 13, 2018 • 10:00 AM • Gordon Dining & Event Center
RSVP Required. Invitation will be given out in classes in April.
Diploma covers available

Part-Time Program MSW Graduate Recognition Celebration
May 13, 2018 • 1:30 PM • Gordon Dining & Event Center
RSVP Required. Invitation will be given out in classes in April.
Diploma covers available

Sociology

Sociology Graduation Reception
May 12, 2018 • 8:30-10:30 AM • Social Sciences Lobby
RSVP requested. Invitation will be emailed to students in April.
Diploma covers available

Slavic Languages & Literature

Slavic End-of-Year Celebration and Awards Ceremony
May 4, 2018 • 3:30 PM • Van Hise 1418
RSVP required only of award recipients. Invitation will be emailed to graduating students, graduate students, and award recipients in April.

Spanish and Portuguese

Department of Spanish & Portuguese Graduation Reception
May 11, 2018 • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM • Marquee and Fifth Quarter, Union South
RSVP required. Invitation will be emailed to students in late March or early April.

Statistics

Statistics Graduation Reception
May 11, 2018 • 2:30-4:30 PM • SMI 133
RSVP not required. Invitations will be emailed.
Check http://www.stat.wisc.edu for more information.