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University commencement ceremonies are steeped in traditions that date back to the Middle Ages. Each piece of the academic regalia represents a piece of the history of academia–and many times a story.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Chancellor Andrew Leavitt and Interim Provost John Koker discuss the meaning of their regalia.


Faculty, staff and graduates wear academic regalia specific to their degree and discipline during the ceremony. UW Oshkosh follows the ACE academic guide in determining this regalia.

The 53rd-annual Midyear Commencement ceremony at UW Oshkosh begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Kolf Sports Center, 738 High Ave., on the UW Oshkosh campus. The ceremony will last about two hours.

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