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Commencement marks an extremely important transition in the lives of our students. This prestigious ceremony would not be possible without the involvement and support of UWO faculty and staff. See below the various ways you can get involved with commencement.

Join the faculty processional

In centuries-old tradition, faculty and academic staff wear academic regalia as a symbol of their commitment to teaching, research, creative activities and noble service. This attire is symbolic with origins in the Middle Ages.

Contact Wendy VanAhn from University Books & More at to purchase or rent doctoral regalia. Regalia rentals and purchases should be placed no later than April 5, 2024 to ensure timely delivery. Some regalia may also be available to borrow on a first come, first served basis.


Complete this form by Wednesday, May 1 to participate in the processional.

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Which ceremony will you be attending?*
Do you need to borrow regalia?*
Please note: we may not have the exact regalia that will reflect your degree. It is also given out on a first come, first served basis.

Volunteer at commencement

There are two types of jobs at commencement: one assisting graduates and guests as they arrive for each ceremony and one during the ceremony. We ask all volunteers to be flexible as needs may change the day of commencement. We will do our best to assign volunteers to their requested jobs.

Greet family and guests at the front door, scan paper and electronic tickets and direct guests on where they should go as they enter the field house.

Greet our graduates upon arrival and check them in for the ceremony. Registration begins 45 minutes prior to the ceremony and ends 10 minutes after the ceremony begins. If you have an affiliation to a particular college, let us know.

Greet families and guests, hand out programs and help answer questions.

Assist in guiding graduates upstairs into their seats for the ceremony. Ceremony assistants will also guide students onto the stage during the conferral of the degrees and back to their seats once they have crossed the stage. Following the ceremonies, these volunteers will help with cleaning the field house.


How would you like to support the 9 a.m. ceremony on Saturday, May 18?
How would you like to support the 2 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, May 18?

UW Oshkosh Special Events Office
(920) 424-3300

Culver Family Welcome Center
625 Pearl Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901