Application of Graduation

Students must complete the online application for graduation found at no later than the end of the second week of the term in which they expect to graduate. However, it is strongly recommended that they apply at least one semester before the intended graduation date, so changes can be made to their academic record if a problem is identified during the graduation clearance process. To avoid graduation problems, the Academic Advisement Report (AAR) should be thoroughly reviewed with an academic advisor each term.

If students wish to challenge a final term grade as a graduating student, they must make the challenge within 30 days of the end of the term in which the students are graduating. After the degree is posted, no changes will be made retroactively to the permanent academic record. Any questions should be directed to the Records department of the Registrar's Office at 262-472-1570.

Students have 30 days from the end of the semester in which they have applied to graduate to clear their records for graduation. A student's college will review and approve him or her for graduation. If the deficiencies are not cleared within the 30 days, the graduation date will be moved to the next term.

Students wishing to graduate in December may take a class during Winterim, and students wishing to graduate in May may take a class during the first three weeks of Summer session. This registration falls within the 30 days allowed for students to clear their records for graduation. There cannot be an extension beyond this 30-day limit from the previous term for Incomplete or Progress grades received in Winterim or the first three-week session of Summer session.

Graduation Fee

Graduating students will be charged a graduation fee which will appear on their billing statement. The fee is paid to the University Cashier's Office during the term in which the students intend to graduate whether or not they participate in the ceremony. The diploma cost is part of the graduation fee. A request for a duplicate copy of the diploma will be processed for a $40.00 fee, if an exact replica can be obtained from the diploma vendor.  Contact

Attendance at Commencement Ceremony

A formal commencement ceremony is held at the end of the Fall and Spring terms. Students choosing to participate must attend the ceremony at the end of the term in which their degree is granted and must wear a cap and gown at the ceremony. Effective spring 2017, August graduates will have the option to participate in either the May or December commencement ceremony. Please note, August graduates who earn and wish to walk with University Honors must participate in the December ceremony.

Graduation Honors

Graduating seniors who have demonstrated scholastic achievement as defined below by the cumulative University of Wisconsin-Whitewater GPA only (excluding transfer grades) may receive one of the following three categories of graduation honors:

Summa Cum Laude 3.850 and above
Magna Cum Laude 3.600 to 3.849
Cum Laude 3.400 to 3.599

For honors to be acknowledged in the commencement program, students must attain the minimum required UW-Whitewater cumulative grade point average before entering their final term and have earned 48 units (counting the final term of enrollment) at UW-Whitewater. Honors maintained and/or earned through the final grading period will be noted on the academic record and on the diploma. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the 48-unit minimum and the GPA requirements are satisfied.

Students may earn graduation honors in a second degree if one of the following two requirements is satisfied:

Completing a minimum of 48 units at UW-Whitewater with a UW-Whitewater cumulative grade point average that meets the requirements as defined for graduation honors above; or

Earning a second degree by completing less than 48 units at UW-Whitewater, but having earned the first degree at UW-Whitewater. Students may qualify for graduation honors if both the grade point average of the second degree itself and the grade point average of the first and second UW-Whitewater degrees combined meet the graduation honors requirement.