The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will resume in-person commencement ceremonies in May.
With safety precautions in place, four ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 15, at Kolf Sports Center on the UW Oshkosh campus. With four events—twice the typical number for the end of the spring semester prior to the pandemic—crowd sizes will be greatly reduced.
“We are thrilled to host these in-person ceremonies for our graduates,” said UWO Chancellor Andrew Leavitt. “Commencement represents the culmination of our students’ time with us, and giving them an opportunity to be celebrated in person has been one of our goals this semester.
“We are able to move forward with this plan due to the diligence of our students, staff and faculty who have followed our safety measures and kept the number of campus positive COVID-19 cases below 1% since classes resumed in February,” Leavitt added.
The commencement schedule will be as follows:
- 8 a.m.: All doctoral, associate of arts and science, bachelor of applied studies and bachelor of liberal studies degree candidates
- 11 a.m.: College of Business undergraduate and master’s degree candidates; and College of Letters and Science undergraduate candidates receiving bachelor of arts, fine arts, music and social work degrees
- 2 p.m.: College of Letters and Science master’s degree candidates; and bachelor of science undergraduate candidates
- 5 p.m.: College of Nursing undergraduate and master’s degree candidates; College of Education and Human Services undergraduate and master’s degree candidates
Each participating graduate will be able to request two tickets. If additional tickets are available, graduates who have requested them will be provided with one or two more tickets. A required RSVP list will help with attendance planning.
Graduates from the spring 2020 and winter 2021 ceremonies also are invited to participate in the ceremony. Those commencement events were held virtually.
Measures will be in place so the University can provide a safe environment for graduates and guests. Masks will be required and the fieldhouse will be set up for social distancing. Attendance will be limited to those with tickets. There will be no procession; the platform party will be limited and other measures will be taken, including the use of prerecorded music.
The ceremony will be livestreamed for those not attending in person. For more information, visit the commencement website.