Preparing for Spring Commencement

A student displays a personal message, ‘Thanks Mom & Dad’, on her graduation cap during the spring commencement ceremony.
UW–Madison’s spring commencement ceremony for bachelor’s, law, and master’s degree candidates will be held Saturday, May 9. (Photos by Bryce Richter / UW–Madison)

Congratulations to the students and families who will celebrate commencement this May! We are excited to celebrate with you and reflect on all your students have accomplished during their time here.

UW–Madison’s spring commencement ceremony for bachelor’s, law, and master’s degree candidates will be held in Camp Randall Stadium at noon on Saturday, May 9.

Schools, colleges, and some academic departments will hold additional recognition events throughout commencement weekend, scheduled around the main ceremony, to allow graduates and guests time to socialize with deans and faculty members and to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2020. More details about these additional recognition events will be posted here as they become available.

Visit the commencement website for details about the weekend’s events, shuttle and parking information, accommodations for graduates and guests with disabilities, the carry-in policy, and more.

Students must apply to graduate and indicate their intention to attend the commencement ceremony in the MyUW Student Center “My Academics” tab. Students must apply before April 3, 2020 to ensure that their name will appear in the commencement program. Additional important deadlines and information for students can be found on the “Graduate Checklist” section, which will be updated frequently throughout the semester.

UW graduates celebrate at spring commencement at Camp Randall Stadium.

Additionally, our program will send a special newsletter to graduating families with detailed commencement information, as well as ways to stay connected to the UW-Madison and community. You may also sign-up to receive ceremony updates.

The Parent and Family Program can help with questions you may have about the commencement ceremony. Call us at 1-877-262-3977 or email at

For questions related to degree requirements or other academic matters related to graduation, students should call the Office of the Registrar at 608-262-3811 or email