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Family & Friends FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


Q:  What is the Honors and Awards Ceremony and why did I receive an invitation?

A:  You are the family member of a student who has recieved a prestigious UW Oshkosh award or scholarship.  At this ceremony, students who have received our highest awards and scholarships are recognized individually on stage with the Chancellor.

Q:  I have been invited to the Honors and Awards Ceremony, do I need to RSVP?

A:  Family and friends of UW Oshkosh students do not need to RSVP for this event.   However, it is advisable to confirm with your student whether or not s/he plans to attend the ceremony.  Students who choose not to attend the ceremony will be listed in the printed program but will not be recognized during the ceremony.

Q:  Where is the ceremony?  What time should I arrive?

A:  The ceremony is held in the Music Hall of the Arts and Communications building.  The ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m.  It is advisable to arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the ceremony to locate appropriate parking and find seats in the Music Hall.  

Q:  Do you ever run out of seating?

A:  Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  We have never run out of seating for guests of our award recipients.

Q:  What will happen during the ceremony?

A:  During the ceremony, your student will be recognized on stage for his/her academic achievements on stage.  S/he will have his/her photo taken with the Chancellor and the donor or faculty representative of the scholarship or award.

Q:  Can we sit with our student?

A:  Much like a graduation ceremony, all award recipients are seated in a separate reserved section at the front of the auditorium.  While your are seated in a different area of the auditorium, the reception following the ceremony allows plenty of time to visit, take photos and share refreshments.

Q:  Can we take photos during the ceremony?

A:  A professional photographer will take photos of all award recipients on stage.  Following the ceremony, the photographer will email complimentary proofs to your student and you may choose to order copies of these prints.  For this reason, we ask that family and friends refrain from taking photos during the ceremony.

Q:  How long does the ceremony last?

A:  We anticipate the ceremony to last approximately 1 ½ hours.  There will also be a reception with light refreshments and a photo area in the lobby of the Arts and Communications Building following the ceremony.


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