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At 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, the College of Engineering will host a graduate recognition ceremony and reception for graduating students at all levels—so regardless of whether you are earning a bachelor's, master's, PhD or other professional engineering degree, we'd love to have you to share this experience with your classmates, faculty, family and friends.

Like a traditional graduation ceremony, the engineering graduate recognition ceremony will offer you a more formal, personalized graduation experience from the College of Engineering. In the company of your classmates, you will walk across the stage, hear your name read, shake hands with your department or program chair, and have a professional graduation photo taken. Kohl Center door will open May 16 at 2 p.m. for the reception. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. and conclude at approximately 5 p.m. RSVP to attend via this form! (RSVP to attend, even if you have applied for graduation through the student center in MyUW.)

Note that the college graduate recognition ceremony is a formal ceremony, and you must wear a cap and gown. The deadline to order your cap and gown in person at University Book Store is April 10. Learn more here.

You can find answers to many of your questions about the college ceremony, but here are a few important details to keep in mind:
  • Saturday, May 16, 2015, Kohl Center
  • Reception begins at 2 p.m.
  • Graduates line up by 2:30 p.m. for a processional
  • Ceremony begins at 3 p.m.
  • Graduates must wear a cap and gown
  • Graduates will sit on the Kohl Center floor with students from their degree and major
  • Graduates will hear their name read, walk across the stage, have their photo taken, and receive their red diploma cover
  • There is ample seating for all guests
  • At the UW-Madison commencement at Camp Randall Stadium, there will be volunteers to help guide engineering graduates and their guests out of the stadium immediately after the ceremony concludes
We are very excited to be able to host what will be a memorable and personal graduation event for our students. Please consider joining your peers for this very special event, and RSVP today!

In addition to the College of Engineering graduate recognition ceremony, the UW-Madison commencement for undergraduate, law and master's degree candidates will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Camp Randall Stadium at noon. All 6,000 graduates will gather together and the chancellor will confer degrees. Learn more, including how graduates should register to attend the ceremony, at

Visit our Facebook album to view photos from the 2014 College of Engineering ceremony. View a video recap of the event on the college YouTube channel.