Top 5 Things to Know: Spring Commencement

We look forward to celebrating with you at the upcoming Spring 2023 Commencement ceremony! To help you prepare for the weekend ahead, below are the top five things to know in advance of the ceremony. You can also find additional details in our February commencement message.

Please also join the Parent and Family Program and our campus partners on Friday, May 5 at noon CDT for a special Badger Family Forum for graduating families. This event is focused on answering any questions you may have about your student’s upcoming graduation ceremony, as well as ways Badgers can stay connected after graduation. Have a question you’d like our panelists to address? Submit it here.

Top 5 Things to Know:

  1. The ceremony for Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Law Degree candidates will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at noon at Camp Randall Stadium. Guests, family members and friends are welcome to attend! There is no ticketing for attendance and seating is general admission, first come, first served.
  2. Guests and graduates in need of accommodations can learn more about Camp Randall Accessibility online here. If you have additional inquiries, please email
  3. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. and the ceremony typically lasts approximately 90 minutes. A livestream of the ceremony will be available here on YouTube.
  4. The graduate entrance is located at Gate 5 (the student gate for football games) of Camp Randall Stadium. Guests can enter the stadium through Gates 1, 7, 8, and 9. Graduate seating is arranged by School, College and Degree type. A graduate seating map will be uploaded to the commencement website closer to the event. No guests, including children (with the exception of nursing parents) are permitted in the candidate seating area. Please review the carry-in policy to help you plan accordingly.
  5. The 2023 senior class gift will be given to the Center for Healthy Minds Higher Education Fund, in recognition of the mental-health challenges the class has faced, including going home halfway through the 2019-20 academic year due to COVID-19. Student leaders have launched Healthy Minds on Campus, a student organization designed to extend the Center’s well-being research to all corners of campus in a tangible way.

We will continue to send emails to graduating families in the coming weeks. You can also sign-up for ceremony updates here or reach out with any questions. We look forward to celebrating your students next month!